Easter basket cake

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 \N Cake mix, any flavor
1 \N Can frosting
1 cup Flaked coconut
\N \N Food coloring
\N \N Candy

Easter Basket Handle: 12 (12") pipe cleaners, 1½ yds of 1" ribbon, Tape & Bow. Heat oven to 350. Grease & flour 10" angel food tube pan or 12 cup Bundt pan. Prepare cake mix according to pkg directions.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 40 to 50 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool upright in pan 20 mins, remove from pan. Cool completely. In small bowl, place coconut & 2 to 3 drops each of food coloring & water; toss with fork until coconut reaches desired color. Place cake on serving plate. Spread frosting over sides & top of cake making a slight mound on top to form a nest shape. Sprinkle tinted coconut evenly over top of cake; pat lightly to secure. Fill center evenly with assorted candies. 12 to 16 servings. To make handle, twist ends of 2 pipe cleaners together; repeat with remaining pipe cleaners. Group 5 pairs together & wrap remaining pair around to form a bundle. Wrap with ribbon. Secure each end with tape. Bend to form handle shape Attach bow & insert in cake.

*Two 8 or 9" rnd pans may be used to make basket cake; follow pkg directions. To make small baskets, follow directions for cupcakes.

Decorate as individual baskets. Add a name card & place at each place setting on dinner table. *green for grass effect ~ or your choice of color. Submitted By GENE MAYO On 03-22-95

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