Hey everybody! We hope you had an amazing weekend and that your Monday is going great! Can you guys believe that this weekend is Easter?? Where has the year gone?!? If you know, let us in on the secret, haha 🙂 This week, we’re going to show you how to make an Easter Basket Cake! It’s a cute dessert to take to any Easter celebration you’re having!
Here are the things you will need:
Chocolate Cake x5 (layers)
Chocolate Frosting (recipe at the bottom of this post) X2
1/2 recipe of buttercream frosting from our Candy Corn Halloween Cake, colored green
2 piping bags
#48 tip and a grass tip (#233)
Robins Eggs & jelly beans, for decorating
1. Stack and Crumb Coat your Cake.
For our cake, we used chocolate cake, but you can use whatever flavor you want! We also used an Easy Layers pan that we got for Christmas to make it a rectangular cake, but if you don’t have these, than you can follow that same instructions and just use a regular square cake (or circle one, even!).
Stack you cakes, adding a healthy layer of chocolate frosting between each layer. Once your cakes are stacked, refrigerate it for 20 minutes before crumb coating. Crumb coating just means to put a thin layer of frosting on the cake as a “foundation” for the rest of your decorations. It helps to seal in all the crumbs and smooth out the cake a little so your final layer of frosting is as perfect as possible! Chill 20-30 minutes.
2. Basketweave the Cake
For this part, you are going to use the 48 tip. The video below will show you how to do this, if you learn better by watching (like us!). Starting at one of the corners, pipe a vertical line down the cake. If you want a smooth basket, make sure the “teeth” of the tip are toward the cake, but if you want a more textured basket, like ours, than have the “teeth” facing you. Now that you have a vertical line, pipe on horizontal ones. Start at the top and pipe a horizontal line, making sure the vertical line is in the center of the line you are piping now. When you pipe the next line, leave a space between the two that is big enough that you would be able to pipe another line. Once you have done this the height of the cake, move on to the next column.
Pipe another vertical line. This one should cover the ends of the horizontal lines you just piped (this will make it look like the horizontal lines are going “under” the vertical line, thus giving it the basketweave look). Remember how we left space where we could pipe another line? Well, guess what?? We’re going to start our new horizontal lines there! Continue the pattern until the whole cake is basketweaved! Is “baketweaved” a word? Our computer says no, but we’re going to roll with it. Someone call up Merriam Webster and tell them we’ve just invented a new word!
3. Grass Your Basket & Decorate
For this part, just go crazy with the grass tip on the top of your cake! It just needs to be covered with grass! To get the grass look, all you have to do is hold the tip at a 90 angle to the cake, squeeze the bag and then pull up, letting go of the pressure on the bag as you pull up. This will make long grass that’ll kind of flop over (like the look we have in the pictures). It’s okay of your grass falls over the side of your cake, like ours did, it makes it look a little more real!
Now for the decorating! We used robins eggs, M&M eggs, and jelly beans for the top. You can put as much or as little on the top of your cake as you’d like! We like to do the one for the cake, 3 for me method 😉
Phew, see that wasn’t that difficult, you did it! Please share your basket cake with us on Instagram!
Now, for the chocolate buttercream recipe we promised!
2 sticks butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3-5 Tbsp milk (depending on the thickness/ consistency you want)
- Cream together the 2 sticks of butter (we know it sounds ridiculous, but it makes it easier to mix in the dry ingredients)
- Mix together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Slowly add this (about 1 cup at a time) until its completely mixed in.
- Add the milk in 1 Tbsp at a time until you get the consistent you want.
And also check out our video on how to make this!
Thank you for reading and making our Easter Basket Cake! We hope you had as much fun making it as we did and that you have an amazing week as well! If you have any questions, comments, or a suggestion on what you think we should bake next, please let us know in the comments below, on Instagram, or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Safe travels, and may you always have a cookie in you cookie jar!