It’s hard to believe how close we are getting to Easter Sunday. My mother and I are always in charge of bringing dessert for Easter dinner. This year we want to do something different. When I was sent some Brach’s jelly beans to make some recipes with we got the great idea to make some Easter Basket Cupcakes.
Easter Basket Cupcakes with Coconut Grass and Jelly Bean Eggs
Years ago my mother made an Easter Basket Cake for dessert for Easter dinner. It was adorable, but between making the cake, frosting the cake, and decorating the entire cake it was quite time consuming. We still liked the idea though. The adorable small Jelly Bird Eggs I received from Brach’s were far to small to put on a cake, but we realized they’d be perfect on cupcakes.
The cupcakes turned out really cute, and in many ways they were a lot easier to make. The cupcake liners saved us the need of decorating the sides which was a huge time saver. The most time consuming part was making the basket handles, and really that was pretty easy as well.
One things is for sure, and that is that you will have a well liked and well remembered dessert if you show up to Easter dinner with these in tow!
Supplies Needed to Make the Easter Basket Cupcakes
- Box cake mix of your choice
- Cupcake baking cups
- 1 Container of frosting – a white shade is best
- 1 Cup of coconut
- 4 Drops of green food coloring
- 1 Bag of Brach’s Speckled Jelly Bird Eggs (you’ll want to use 3 to 4 jelly beans per cupcake)
How to Make the Easter Basket Cupcakes
I used a box mix to make the cupcakes You could make the cupcakes fully from scratch if you wanted to though. Our goal was fast and easy, so the box mix met our needs.
The first thing you need to do is make the cupcakes. For this simply follow the directions on the box that you bought. Don’t forget to check what other ingredients the box calls for such as eggs, milk, and/or oil.
Once the mix is ready put the baking cups into your muffin baking pans. You’ll want to make these cupcakes extra big so that there is a good amount of surface space to use. We filled each baking cup at least 2/3 full. You won’t get as many cupcakes this way, but it’ll be worth it. Once ready place the cupcakes into the oven and follow the baking instructions on your box mix. Be aware that since you’re making such large cupcakes that you’ll likely have to bake the cupcakes a bit longer than the box suggests. Once the muffins are done baking take them out and let them cool completely. Repeat these steps as many times as needed until your mix is gone.
While your cupcakes are baking you can prep the coconut for when you’re ready to decorate the cupcakes. This really takes no time at all, but it’s nice to have it ready to go. All you need to do is place a cup of coconut into a bowl, add 4 drops of green food coloring, and mix until the coconut is green. If it doesn’t seem green enough you could add another drop of coloring, but those drops really go a long way.
How to make the Easter Basket Cupcake handles
While your cupcakes are baking is also a great time to make the handles for your Easter Basket Cupcakes. You can make these as intricate as you want, but I went fairly simple with mine. I used both ribbon as well as tulle that I had around my house. I think the ribbon looks better, but it was nice that I didn’t need to go and buy anything that I didn’t already have at home. I personally think it looks best to have at least two colors so the bows are not the same color as the handle, but you can use only one color if you want.
To make the handle start off with a small rectangle of tin foil. Roll it into a tube. Now you’re ready to add the ribbon. I found that the easiest way to attach the ribbon is with a staple. The staples really don’t show either since that part ends up in the cupcake. Once you’ve attached the ribbon with a staple wrap it around the tin foil tube. When you get to the other end add another staple to hold that side in place. Now bend the tube so it is in an arch to look like a handle. Finish it off with a bow!
Decorating the Easter Basket Cupcakes
Once the baking is all done and the coconut and basket handles have been prepped it’s time to decorate! The decorating is so easy! Simply spread a generous amount of frosting onto the cupcake and then sprinkle on some of your green coconut. Next place three or four of the jelly beans on top. Finish up by adding the handle to the top. Now you have an adorable Easter Basket Cupcake!
- Box of cake mix of your choice
- Baking cups
- Container of frosting - white shade is best
- 1 Cup of coconut
- 4 Drops of green food coloring
- 1 Bag of Brach's Speckled Jelly Bird Eggs
- Homemade basket handles made from tinfoil and ribbon
- Bake cupcakes according to box mix. Make sure to be generous when filling the baking cups. Larger cupcakes work better. Let cool fully before frosting.
- To make the coconut for decorating the cupcakes: Put 1 cup of coconut in a bowl and add 4 drops of food coloring. Mix until the coconut is green.
- To make the basket handles: Roll a small rectangular piece of tinfoil into a tube shape. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the tube (hold in place with staples). Then bend into a handle shape and add a bow.
- To decorate cupcakes: Once cooled frost with a generous amount of frosting. Sprinkle coconut on top and add 3 or 4 jelly beans. Attach the handle.