Cute coconut Easter basket cake (1959)
“A tisket, a tasket, bake a pretty Easter basket!”
Here’s a “decorator” cake that’s simplicity itself to make, yet will appeal to the imagination and appetites of your family! Why not outdo the Easter Bunny with this “can’t-wait-to-eat-it” cake, covered with Durkee’s delicious tree-ripened coconut?
Using yellow or white cake mix [or one of these cake recipes], bake and assemble 8-inch, 2-layer cake. With boiled icing (Italian meringue), frost between layers, on top and sides.
Cut round cookies in half. Press cookie halves into frosting at edge of cake to make a crown effect for basket top. (If necessary, support with toothpicks, outside cookies.) Frost cookies.
Color 1/4 package of coconut green; the rest yellow. Decorate as illustrated.
Make handle by braiding three different colors of double-thickness acetate ribbon. Tie ends and insert between cake layers to form arch.
Easter basket cake from 1960
Bake Betty Crocker Orange Chiffon Cake in 10″ tube pan. Decorate cake as basket. Fill basket with green-tinted coconut “grass” and candy Easter eggs from the variety store or fondant eggs.
To make basket: Shape a nest for eggs by using a sharp knife to cut a sloping slice from edge to center of cake. Cut center no deeper than Fill hole made by tube pan with cut cake.
To frost basket: Tint white frosting mix pale yellow. Frost sides of cake and lightly frost top. Make a basket weave pattern in frosting on sides of cake by drawing inch-long horizontal and vertical lines with tines of fork. Cover top of basket with green-tinted coconut.
For basket handle: Fashion handle of pipe cleaners or coat hanger. Wrap several strips with aluminum foil. Then wrap handle with pastel yellow ribbon; make ribbon secure with cellophane tape. Tie mauve ribbon on top. Press handle into top of cake basket.
NOTE: To tint coconut: add green food coloring to water. Let coconut soak in it until desired color. Drain; dry.
Retro recipe: Daisy Easter basket cake (1978)
Its velvety smooth texture and rich lemony flavor make this ’70s Easter basket cake an instant family favorite.
Bake it with Pet evaporated milk and Sun-Maid raisins in any 9-cup tube pan. Add the season’s first flowers, then celebrate deliciously!