Adorable Easter Basket Cupcakes – The Easy Version!


  • One boxed cake mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) can vanilla or white ready-to-spread frosting
  • 3-4 cups Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • green food coloring
  • jelly beans (the spotted ones if you can find them) or bird-shaped Peeps
  • strawberry licorice strips


  • Make cupcakes according to directions on box.
  • Let them cool completely.
  • Combine 2 drops of green food coloring with 1 tsp of water
  • Pour coconut into a glass or metal bowl
  • Drizzle green coloring on top of the coconut.
  • Mix immediately and well to get even distribution of color.
  • Ice each cupcake with vanilla or white frosting
  • Arrange tinted coconut on each cupcake in the shape of a ring/circle. This is the outside shape of a “nest”
  • Place a few jelly beans in the center. These are the “bird eggs” for the “nest” or place a Peep in the middle.
  • For handle of “basket” poke wooden skewer into opposite sides of the cupcake. This is where the handles will go
  • Bend a Twizzler into the curve you need for the handle, and poke ends deep into those holes you made with the skewer.

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