I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. This year I made cute little individual mud cake baskets to give instead of store-bought eggs (not for everyone; that would have killed me, just the for the ladies). I kind of got carried away when I was making them – I was experimenting as I went – and not many photos were taken. Here they are…
Cut green fondant with a round cutter to sit on top. Then stamp a basket weave pattern onto fondant and cut strip wide enough to cover cake allowing for top to sit higher than cake edge. Position towards the back of a covered cake board.
I covered all the baskets in different colours. You could choose a single colour or even use chocolate fondant, leaving the colour to come from the flowers, bows and eggs.
The handles of the baskets have toothpicks or dry spaghetti in the ends and have been left to harden before attaching to the basket. Each of my handles were detailed differently, but I was experimenting at the same time.
After the handles have has time to firm up, carefully insert them into the top of the basket. I left it here for the night and did the rest the next day.
Some baskets were just on cupcake stand tops rather then the full fondant covered boards, but look just as good. These were left to harden over night.
Mix up green royal icing and using a grass tip, pipe onto cake top – have it come over the edge of the basket and appear to hang or grow over the side. Decorate with speckled eggs and fondant or royal icing flowers.
As always decorations are only limited by your imagination and creativity. Fondant ribbons, bows, chicks…Some of mine had gift tags.
As an added feature the ones on the cake boards had an extra patch of grass/flowers and an egg.
Wrapped and tied with a bow all ready to give…
Great idea for school teachers, friends and super special family members. Make a few next year or pop something other than Easter eggs in the basket for Valentines Day or Mother’s Day (which is just around the corner!) Happy baking…and chocolate eating 🙂