As a child I fondly remember Nana’s Easter basket cupcakes. In fact, I can’t remember an Easter without them. This is a beloved childhood tradition that I feel so fortunate to pass on to my daughter, soon to be daughterS. To me, these cupcakes represent the care and creativity that my Nana put into all her baking. She was a wonderful cook and baker. I miss her dearly. I only wish I could replicate her old fashioned donut recipe. 

Meebs and I made these for her daycare Easter Egg Hunt and Party. She was so excited to help mix the batter, ice the cupcakes and add the decorations. It’s a beautiful experience when you can show your kids the joy associated with making something for people you care about. She was full of pride sharing these yummy treats with her friends—and of course, the kids loved them.

We made 24 large cupcakes and 24 mini cupcakes.

Here are some basic directions, but you can really add your own flare:

No, these are not a healthy treat! If any of my readers have suggestions on colouring icing and coconut without food colouring, please leave a comment.

  1. 1. Bake your favourite cupcake recipe.
  2. I chose to make vanilla-orange and chocolate cupcakes, with chocolate and vanilla icing. I coloured the vanilla icing with food colouring to get the Easter pastels.
  3. I coloured the coconut, also using food colouring. Place a few drops of colouring into a Ziploc bag and add 1-2 cups of coconut to the bag. Shake and massage until the colouring is worked in. Pour on a plate.
  4. Bake, cool, and ice the cupcakes. 
  5. Before the icing hardens, use a spoon to sprinkle on the coconut, and tap down lightly with the back of the spoon to get the coconut to stick.
  6. Press 3 jelly beans into the icing/coconut and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. I added a little decorative icing as well; dots and stripes. And, for the mini cupcakes I used marshmallows since some of the kids at the daycare are between 1-2 years. Meebs actually preferred the cupcakes with mini coloured marshmallows.
  8. Add the pipe cleaner “basket handles” and ENJOY!