Yes, you read that correctly. Easter basket flower cake. Are you looking for a stunning centerpiece for your Easter table? This is it!
Is there anything as pretty as a cake adorned with flowers? These flowers are made with buttercream frosting. Whether you are a seasoned baker or just starting out, today I will share with you everything you need to know to make a beautiful Easter basket flower cake.
Be sure to swipe to the bottom of this post for ten more Easter desserts.
My Favorite Easter Dessert
To me, Easter reminds me of spring, and spring means flowers, so I decided to make an Easter Basket Flower Cake for my Easter dessert.
Hopefully, you all know that I am not a cake decorator. I am self-taught. And by self-taught, I mean that I watch youtube videos, practice with frosting, get frustrated, scrape away the mistakes, and start over again. And I repeat that again and again.
But they are made with love so who cares, right.
I honestly think you can make this cake. Why?
The basketweave is so much easier than it looks to create.
The roses are similar to the ones I made for the Rose Cupcakes a few weeks ago. Once you make one, then you can make these forever. And since my roses never look the same, I have lots of variety.
The flatter purple flowers are ones that I kind of made up. I just might have made up an entirely new species of flower!
Here is What You Need to Decorate this Cake
I took a photo and added the numbers of the tips I used to make this cake. At the very top is the Cake Nail. The four on the next row were used to make the roses and other flowers. You can buy them together here. The #5 tip on the bottom row was used to make the centers of some of the flowers, the #47 tip was used for the Basketweave, and the #68 tip was for the leaves.
I also had other cake decorating supplies. You can find all of those listed below.
The Big Secret
There is one secret that makes this cake so much easier. Everyone that makes these roses (and any flowers made from frosting) makes them on a large ” cake nail” made for cake decorating. The nail makes it easier to turn the flower as you add the petals. I put a square piece of parchment paper on the nail and I used a dab of frosting on the underneath side so the paper will stick to the nail.
It’s much easier to make the flower on the cake nail.
As soon as I finished a flower I walked the nail over to my freezer, and I gently slid the paper and flower into the freezer. I left the flowers in the freezer (at least fifteen minutes) until I was ready to place the flowers on the cake. I slid the frozen flowers off the paper with a knife (or a spatula for the flat flowers) and placed them on top of the cake.
This was so much easier.
How to Make an Easter Basket Flower Cake
Believe it or not, this is a gluten-free cake. But don’t be too impressed because I used cake mix from King Arthur. Their gluten-free cake mixes are so good!
And … if you are going to spend all this time to decorate this Easter basket flower cake, you can cut a few corners when baking the cake.
I made two 6″ cakes and as you can see, they came out perfectly.
Next, I made a lot of Buttercream Frosting. I doubled my recipe which means I used 8 cups of powdered sugar and four sticks of butter!
Here is my buttercream frosting recipe. I made two batches of this recipe to make this cake.
- 1 cup, two sticks, of non-salted butter
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 - 6 TBLcoconut milk (I like Thai Kitchen Organic)
- Cream the butter until soft in a mixer for about two minutes.
- Add the sugar, vanilla, and three TBL of coconut milk.
- Add the remaining TBL of coconut milk as needed. If you are making flowers, make sure the frosting is thick so it will hold its shape. If it gets too soft, place it in the refrigerator for about twenty minutes.
- When frosting the cake, place the cake in the freezer for about one hour before decorating.
I put the cake on my favorite easter bunny cake stand and then iced the cake.
How to Create the Basketweave with Frosting
I was going to just use white frosting for the basketweave but I thought might look a bit more interesting if I mixed up some very light brown and added it to my piping bag.
I used a Wilton Tip #47 tip to do this.
You can see some of the steps here but you should watch the quick video I put together of this process which is below.
How to Make Buttercream Flowers
These flowers were very fun to create and they look a lot harder than they are to make! They aren’t perfect by any means, rather they look like flowers and they are good enough.
And as I mentioned earlier, they are made with love. So who cares! (And don’t be afraid to make them!)
The first thing I did was mix up some colors of buttercream frosting.
Next, I placed a small square of parchment paper on a cake decorating flower nail and piped the flowers.
Watch this video to see how to make roses.
After you finish each flower, slide the parchment paper and flower off the nail and put it in the freezer. Once the flowers had been in the freezer for at least fifteen minutes, I pulled out the flowers and started adding them to the top of the cake. I guess I should not be surprised that I made too many flowers.
It took me a while to finalize the design of the flowers on the top. As you can see below, I had to play with the flowers for a while before I decided on the best way to finish off my Easter basket.
Next, I added some leaves to the flowers. When I mixed the green frosting I added some brown coloring so that the green wouldn’t be too bright. I love this olive green color.
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If you want to add a handle to your Easter basket, all I did was wrap some ribbon around some rope. You can attach part of a popsicle stick or a pronged toothpick to each end and then stick them in to the cake. The cake looks great with the handle or without it! It’s up to you.
I am quite sure this is my favorite Easter basket ever. I think this would make a beautiful centerpiece as well as a fabulous dessert for Easter dinner.
Whether you are a master baker or a beginner like me, here is everything you need to make this beautiful Easter basket flower cake!
Watch My Amazon Live Show
Today I am hosting my Amazon Live show and I am featuring this cake. If you want to see how I made this then you should join me at 11:00 am PST. The link to my show, How to Make the Best Desserts, is here.
I love having the chance to talk with all of you about all of the things that I love.
Here are some of my recent shows. I hope you will tap on the links to see what’s new.
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