Easter Basket Cakes
14 Keebler brand Waffle bowls (they come 10 to a box but so if making just 10 you may have a little extra cake batter)
1 box (15 ounces) yellow or white cake mix, plus eggs, oil and water to prepare as per pkg. directions
1 can vanilla frosting
1/2 to 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
2 to 3 drops green food coloring
1/4 to 1/2 cup jelly beans
6 pieces of licorice (pastel or red)
6 small Chocolate bunnies or bunny peeps
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap the outside of each waffle bowl in small piece of foil, carefully tucking the edges of the foil just inside the top of the bowl. Place the bowls on a baking sheet.
(If you have Texas sized muffin tins you don’t have wrap each bowl in foil. The waffle bowls can be placed in each the cups of the tins and then filled with batter and baked.)
Place cake mix, eggs, oil, and water in a large mixing bowl. Use a mixer and beat a couple minutes until smooth. Fill each bowl about two-thirds full of batter. Place the baking sheet in the oven. Bake the cakes for about 22 to 27 minutes using the toothpick test to make sure cakes are done in center. Remove the pan from the oven and let cook for 5 to ten minutes.
Gently peel off the aluminum foil and allow the bowls to cool completely. Place the flaked coconut in a plastic bag with a couple drops of the green food coloring. Shake it until the coconut turns green. If the color isn’t green enough, add another drop of color, and shake again. Frost the cupcakes. Sprinkle on coconut to look like grass.
To create the basket handle, place 2 toothpicks across from each other on opposites sides of the cupcake. Bend licorice over the top of the cupcake and place each end of licorice into the toothpicks to form a baker handle. You can cut off a little at the end of the licorice if you would like to shorten the basket handle.
Decorate the grass with jelly beans and a bunny. This makes about 14 cupcakes.
Store these cupcakes for up to 1 day at room temperature. After a day, the cake will begin to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
There are other brands of waffle bowls but I found them to be much bigger. If using those, you will have bigger cakes.
For the Joy brand waffle bowls, you will get about 6 mini cakes.
You can also make these without the waffle basket and just bake the batter in cupcake tins with paper liners. Then top with frosting, coconut grass, and jelly beans. Cut a smaller length of licorice and stick it on both sides of the cupcake for the handle.