How to hand paint your Easter Basket Cake Recipe

Posted By on Apr 20, 2011 | 6 comments

Finally I have made my Easter cake!  Have planned yours yet?  Well, you might want to give this cute one a go!

I was inspired by some designs from my friend Ingrid O'Brien-Adriaansen's (yes, we Ingrid's tend to collect each other!!! 😉  )  blog a few weeks ago, which got me thinking about what style of cake I wanted to do for Easter, and how I was going to combine some hand painting with it too.

Why handpaint the cake? 

Well, so that I could show you how easy it is for you to create a cake like this too...further down in the post you can download a quick video and instructions on how you can EASILY and SIMPLY decorate a cake just like this!!  You could use this easy design on cupcakes or for an and effective Mother's Day Cake :).

Hand painted Easter Cake

AND (sound the trumpets!!)....I'm also sharing with you my secret White Chocolate not so secret...but Shhhhh!!  It's really tasty and super delicious, it's versatile and great on cupcakes or as a filling, it holds up well for piping and you can colour it.

This will be a long post, so grab a cuppa....let's get started! :)

Here is a rundown of the cake I 've come up with:

Rich Lemon flavoured buttercake, in a marbled effect with purple and yellow (colours for Easter).  I used a big cupcake tin for this recipe, so that I could have the basket at the bottom and the top of the cake in a dome so that I could decorate it with painting.  The two cakes were sandwiched with white chocolate frosting.  The basket has been piped with coloured white chocolate frosting.  The top of the cake has been covered with royal icing and hand painted with Wilton's edible gel paints.  I bought the sugar bunny from our local sweets shop..he's so cute, I couldn't resist using him!  You could use some sugar speckled eggs too, or even one of the sugar coated chocolate eggs from my last post.


Recipe for Easter basket cake

Makes around 6 cups of batter, this cake will serve around 10 slices.

200g unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1  1/2 teaspoons lemon essence
½ tsp salt
1  1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup milk
¼ – ½ teaspoon Wilton's purple and rose food colouring gel

Preheat oven to 180C.  Grease a Big Cupcake pan and dust with flour, shaking off the excess flour.  Cream butter until soft and fluffy, add sugar a 1/3 at a time until all incorporated and fluffy.  Beat in sour cream and flavouring.  Lightly whisk eggs and add to mixture a third at a time while still beating.  Sift in flour and salt.  Beat until combined, adding milk a third at a time while the beater is still running until all the mixture is well mixed.  Beat mixture on high for 1 minute, it should become lighter in colour.

Add 1/2 of the batter into another bowl, this is for the yellow filling.  Add a 1/4 teaspoon Wilton's yellow  gel colours to the batter and mix in well.

To the mixing bowl add 1/2 teasppon purple and 1/4 teaspoon rose pink Wilton's gel colours and mix until full combined. Spoon dollops of each colour into the pans as shown in the picture.  Build up in layers until 3/4 of the way up the pan.

Big Cupcake tin

Put pan into preheated oven on the middle tray, and bake for 40-50 minutes.  Test cake with a skewer to check if ready.  Remove from oven and leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes.  Turn cake out onto a cake rack and allow to cool for 20 minutes.  You'll need to trim the tops of the cakes once cooled, so that they are flat.

My Secret White chocolate frosting Recipe

180 g quality white cooking chocolate
70 g butter
1 large tablespoon honey (tones down the "white chocolate" taste)
1/3 cup sour cream
250g sifted icing sugar
Melt butter and white chocolate in the microwave on medium heat for 1- 2 minutes, stir to mix together.  Add honey and icing sugar, and beat well with a whisk.  The mixture should have cooled enough to add the sour cream.  Keep beating until thickish in texture.   You can smooth this over the outside of cakes, but for this recipe you'll need to fill a piping bag  to make the basket weave pattern, and pipe decorative edges.  You'll also use the remaining 1/3 of the frosting to sandwich the two cakes.
Tint the frosting with purple and rose pink Wilton's edible gel paste as per the cake.



Piping the basket

Here are the steps to piping the frosting for the basket weave...It's really easy but so effective!  You'll have enough frosting left over to pipe the decorative edge around the top of the basket.

How to pipe basket weave

How to pipe basket weave


Piping basket weave frosting

Piping basket weave frosting


Royal Icing

Mix yourroyal icing into soft peaks, and crumb coat the top of the cup cake (this is a thin layer of icing which will have the crumbly bits of cake mixed into it, really important to get a smoother finish to the final layer of icing).  Use a metal spatula to smear on the icing. Allow to set for at least 1-2 hours.  Cover the icing with plastic wrap onto the surface of the icing, so that it doesn't dry out.

Crumb coating a cake with royal icing

Crumb coating a cake with royal icing

Then apply another coat of the royal icing.  On this coat, you'll wet the surface to smooth it out.  Using clean hands add water to your hands and smooth wet hands over the icing...its a technique I use when smoothing clay works here too!!  It will look like this:

Final coating of royal icing

Final coating of royal icing

Allow to set completely for at least 2 hours, it will dry matte.

Putting the cake together

Smooth the remainder of the frosting onto the basket layer of the cake.  Carefully place the top of the cake onto the frosting.  There will be a gap around the edge, but you'll fill this later.



Decorating the top of the cake

Decorating an Easter Cake

I purchased this little gum ball icing bunny from my local sweets store, he was so cute, and I thought he'd really suit this cake.

Add a bit of royal icing underneath him and glue the bunny onto the cake.

I piped the gap in between the two cakes after the handpainting was completed, this way I wouldn't smudge into the frosting work.  You can add some extra embellishments of icing flowers to pretty it up too.

Please leave your comments in the reply box below, if you have any questions, please ask...I always reply! If you think your friends might like this post...please share it with them!   Happy Easter, and I hope you've enjoyed this cake.





 How to paint Flowers on the top of the cake

There are a few options you could do for decorating the top of this cake.... like buying some pre made icing flowers and gluing them on with icing.


Have YOU ever wanted to try painting on a cake, but didn't know how?

Well, I've created a really simple free form design just for YOU to do.  Even if you've never painted on a cake or painted before, you can do this!!  If you're a newbie, simply practice the steps I show you in the video on a piece of paper first using the gel paste!

GET THE VIDEO: If you'd like to watch the quick 6 minute video on how to paint these cute and EASY spring time daisies for your cake, simply enter your email details in the form below and this video will be delivered straight your email box.

You can watch it at your own time and as many times as you like.  I've designed this daisy arrangement to be free form, so you don't have to worry about tracing any patterns.

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  1. Far out lady!!! You are amazing – could you be any more talented and have more patience…..geez!!!

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    • Ha ha! Thanks Lisa…you should get your girls to make this for Easter, it’s really easy! They’ll have fun making it too xxx

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  2. Um… wow! That cake looks incredible, and totally out of my cake decorating league. Lol! 😉

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    • No way!!!! That’s the’s looks fantastic, but it’s really easy!!! Check out the video and have a go Lacy….you’ll see!! :)

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  3. Thank you so much for this post. I’ve been looking for information on this and your tutorial was great!!!! Thank you so much! I’m not the artist you are but I’m definitely going to give this a try! Beautiful website. You are so talented!

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