I’ve had this idea for an Easter Basket Cake for a while now and on a recent trip to Target, some baskets in their Easter section caught my eye. I really liked that they had a diagonal weave and I immediately thought it would be a nice way to sort of modernize the traditional frosting basketweave. The concept is simple: an Easter basket made from cake and “filled” with traditional chocolate Easter bunnies, eggs, and grass. I had so much fun putting it all together and I’m happy to share my notes with you.

Notes:

  • I baked two 8 inch round cakes and split each one into two, creating four layers then filled and stacked each one, using a cardboard cake base. I finished the sides with a crumb coat and frosted the top.
  • I used fondant for the handle as well as the lower and upper edging on the basket. I prepared the handle a day in advance so it would have time to form and properly dry. (Next time I would use gum-tex powder kneaded into the fondant or gum paste on its own for the handle because it dries much harder and is more appropriate for this project). To make the handle, I rolled out the fondant, cut it to size, and laid it over a basket handle I had on hand from previous Easters. After it had dried enough to hold the arched shape, I transferred it to a parchment lined baking sheet and let it dry for 24 hours.
  • I wanted a more current basketweave, so I used a Wilton #47 tip with the flat side facing up to create a smooth basket weave rather than a textured basketweave and I piped the weave diagonally rather than straight up and down. If you're not into piping, you could frost the sides smooth and use a fork to create a basketweave by hand.
  • I rolled out the fondant bottom and top edging and placed onto the cake, over the frosting on the bottom, covering the cardboard cake base and the cake, and along the top edge of the cake placing it so the edging sat a little bit above the cake top creating a more basket-like edging look, rather than aligned flat with the cake.
  • Next, I topped the cake with Wilton green wafer shreds. You could also use green jimmies as a substitute.
  • Then I added some chocolate Easter bunnies, baby chicks, and candy eggs. I used toothpicks placed on an angle on the backs of the bunnies to help them stand upright.
  • To finish it off, I pushed the fondant handle into place by pushing down and into the cake on the left and the right.

This was such a fun project and I hope you'll be inspired to give it a try!

Questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below.

MEET SERENA!

Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.

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