Cupcake Easter Basket Recipe

Posted on Mar 9 2015 - 5:47pm by Susan Bewley

In my family, Easter has always been a pretty big deal. While we no longer have any small children in the family, we still have big clue hunts that ends in everyone getting their own unique Easter basket (even adults). As you can see, it’s a pretty big family gathering for the holiday. One of the things I enjoy the most, however, is baking for everyone. To me, nothing is better than seeing everyone light up after Easter dinner, especially if they see a very cute, appealing treat. Wanting to be a bit more creative this year, I decided to do some kitchen experimentation and created the cutest edible Easter baskets out there!

As you can see, everyone from this cute mini cake basket is edible, allowing kids and adults alike to have their very own Easter basket! Best of all, these are super easy to make, allowing you to impress friends and children alike with these cute little desserts. Just don’t be surprised if everyone asks you how you made these Cupcake Easter Baskets!

Note: Special thanks to my friend Carla from Adventures of a Nurse for helping me with this recipe and pictures!

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Cupcake Easter Basket Recipe
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Cuisine: Dessert
Recipe type: Cake
Vanilla Cake:
  • 2⅔ cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 2½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⅓ cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • Package of Waffle Bowls

  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • Jelly beans (I prefer YumEarth's Organic Jelly Beans)
  • 4 large sugar cone bowls
Vanilla cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the sugar and butter until its creamed (about 1 -2 minutes).
  3. Add the eggs and yolks to the butter mix one at a time. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add milk, water, and vanilla to the butter mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Using a different bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until fully mixed.
  7. Evenly pour the batter in large sugar cone bowls (about ¾ of the way full).
  8. Back for 18 to 25 minutes. You know they are finished when the cake is firm but springs back gently when pressed.
  9. Allow to cool completely before icing.

  1. Mix butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Gradually add confectioners' sugar. Mix well.
  3. Once fully blended, ice mini cakes.
  4. Combine water, food coloring to a re-sealable plastic bag. Mix well.
  5. Add coconut to plastic bag. Mix well or until color is even on coconut. Sprinkle over cakes.
  6. Decorate with jelly beans and candies of choice.
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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

60 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Mary Dailey March 9, 2015 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    These are so cute! I didn’t even know there were waffle bowls. I need to get out more!

  2. Penni March 10, 2015 at 2:22 am - Reply

    I adore these Easter baskets – especially the waffle-bowl baskets! Such a unique idea!

    • Heidi Salisbury March 12, 2015 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      Such a cute and different idea for Easter. I love it ! thank you for sharing

  3. Karen Beckett March 10, 2015 at 4:54 am - Reply

    Aww, this is so cute! I would love to make these for Easter! Bet the kids would love them, too.

  4. Dianna Davis March 10, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

    These are really cute– U like the sugar cone idea as the basket–really fun– thank you for another great idea

  5. lisa March 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    That sounds really good. I love sweets and this sounds perfect to indulge, just a bit.

  6. Amie H March 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I liked to bake so this is a fun project. I think this is sure to delight everyone!

  7. margaret peg m March 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    well, these are adorable. i wanted to find something to make my granddaughters for Easter that wasn’t a toy item, these will hit the spot.

  8. DD March 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    This looks so adorable! My family would love it. I like how easy it is to make too.

  9. Dandi D March 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    This looks so fun for something to do with my son for Easter.

  10. Willette Mitchell March 10, 2015 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Cute~! This is an awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing

  11. swathi March 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    That is really cute, I will try it for my kids.

  12. Crystal Rogers Walker March 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I love this recipe for Easter and it is good to do with my Grandkids, I will try it

  13. Jennifer Herman March 12, 2015 at 1:11 am - Reply

    I think that this recipe idea is so cute. I love it and I might have to give it a go!

  14. Sarah L March 12, 2015 at 1:51 am - Reply

    How great to use the waffle cones for the basket. Very cute.

  15. anita March 12, 2015 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Oh wow, this is so cute and such a creative idea!

  16. Sandy Klocinski March 12, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    They look absolutely adorable and I assume they will be tasty. Wonderful recipe! Thanks for this FUN recipe!

  17. Lisa Coomer Queen March 12, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    We have always had big Easters too. This is amazing! I love it. So creative. Thanks!

  18. Donna Bardocz March 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I love to bake, so I will be trying out this recipe for Easter this year!

  19. Leslie Montoya March 12, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Cute idea! will work well for my autistic son, who doesn’t like to get his hands dirty!!!

  20. lana simanovicki March 12, 2015 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    omg these are the cutest im gonna do this with my kids

  21. kelly light March 12, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    such a cute idea.

  22. Amanda Jordan March 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    These are adorable!!

  23. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    This is so aborable!

  24. Lai March 12, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Love the cupcake recipe, would try with my daughter, the basket is so cute

  25. Vickie March 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Adorable..and, great to do with the kids!

  26. Ashleigh Hall March 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    What a darling idea!

  27. Lisa Sankiw March 12, 2015 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    How adorable! Will have to make these for Easter this year.

  28. Hester March 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness !!! I love this idea !!! What a great way to make baskets for Easter.

  29. John Herman March 12, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    This is a great idea and my daughter would love it!

  30. Linda Manns Linneman March 12, 2015 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    These are just adorable. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will give it a try

  31. Christina Strapp Lambert March 13, 2015 at 12:30 am - Reply

    This is very cute and I may just have to try this for my daughter.

  32. Richard Hicks March 13, 2015 at 12:43 am - Reply

    This would be fun to do and get the kids to help out too.

  33. Alanna Dumonceaux March 13, 2015 at 2:15 am - Reply

    This is such a clever idea! i never would have thought of going the extra step with the waffle bowls.

  34. Lisa Ward March 13, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

    What a wonderful idea for an easter basket.. i may just do this.. ty

  35. Sandra Watts March 13, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

    This is so adorable. Easter is fun for making great stuff.

  36. Kim Hampton March 13, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    So cute! My daughters will love making this! Thanks for posting.

  37. Dorothy Boucher March 13, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    what a creative way to start off Easter season with the young one. I love the look of this and love all the thought that was put into making this Easter basket..

  38. cyndee robinson March 13, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Goodness,this is so adorable! I’m gonna make this!

  39. DanetteDW March 13, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

    I like doing fun Holiday treats. This one doesnt look too difficult.

  40. Lynn K Shaffer March 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the delicious cupcake recipes. YUM

  41. anna luise March 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    i will make some for my son.Its Tradition

  42. Michelle Tucker March 13, 2015 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    What an awesome idea! I think this is so adorable, and extremely festive. Will be pinning this for sure! 🙂

  43. Jennifer Shelton March 13, 2015 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    This is absolutely ADORABLE!!! We love to bake and do crafts for each holiday, so this will be PERFECT for my family!!!

  44. Jerry Marquardt March 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    This recipe looked so good, I copied it down. I am due to make this this coming weekend. I thank you for the share.

  45. Katie Ellis March 14, 2015 at 12:38 am - Reply

    These cupcake easter baskets are so cute and look yummy too. When I was a kid my parents had clues for my brother and I to find our easter baskets. I enjoyed reading the clues and finding where my basket was hidden.

  46. Sue M. March 14, 2015 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    This recipe sounds really yummy! Thanks for sharing

  47. Amy Green March 15, 2015 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    This recipe is fun and easy to make. I’m going to vary the recipe using chocolate chips!

  48. Joanne Arcese March 15, 2015 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    This look so beautiful and they are a great idea. Something totally different!

  49. Lisa Ehrman March 16, 2015 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Wow! I would have never known these were actually cupcakes! This is so clever 🙂

  50. Shannon March 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    This is just too cute. Thank you for sharing with us.

  51. lisa March 16, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I really like the sugar cones. They remind me of nutty buddy ice cream cones. I always liked the very bottom because it had chocolate in it. Clever way to keep the ice cream from dripping out of the bottom.

  52. Rita Corey March 22, 2015 at 6:30 am - Reply

    I really like this idea for Easter cupcakes. The waffle bowls are a great touch.

  53. M.Clark March 28, 2015 at 3:34 am - Reply

    What a cute little treat, it looks like a real basket. I cannot wait to give this a try.

  54. Amber Ludwig March 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    These are too cute and will be so sun for an easter party!! I love that they look fabulous and are edible!!

  55. Alison Gibb March 30, 2015 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    These are adorable! I bet the kids will love them!

  56. David Fultner April 5, 2015 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    These are very cute idea thanks.

  57. Dana Rodriguez April 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    This is adorable! I don’t think I have ever seen sugar cone bowls.

  58. Amy Green August 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I have to say, I was really impressed with the end design after making this. Combining the ice cream waffle bowl with the sugary candy strip really does create the illusion of a wooden basket, it’s so cool! You could maybe even make this as a treat for other holidays around the year.

  59. Fee Roberts October 18, 2015 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    This is so adorable. I’ll have to make some of these for Easter with my granddaughter.

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