Easter Basket Cupcakes


Make these super cute Easter Basket Cupcakes with Jelly Beans.

Easter Basket Cupcakes


  • Box of cake mix
  • White Cake frosting
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Small egg shaped candies (jelly beans, malted eggs, jelly bellies, sixlets, bubble gum eggs for older children)
  • Green food color
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Thin ribbon

Other Materials

  • Muffin Tins
  • Muffin Liners
  • Small ziplock
  • Cookie sheet or cutting board to work on
  • Spatula
  • Small Bowls for candies
  • Small spoon
  • Paper towels handy


  • Line muffin tin with liners.
  • Bake cupcakes as directed on box.
  • Let cool completely and then frost with white cake frosting.
  • Place white coconut in small ziplock and add a drop of food coloring. Shake bag up and down to spread color. Add another drop if desired.
  • Place colored coconut in center of cupcake. With a small spoon hollow out center a little by pushing coconut to form a raised ring (nest)
  • Use frosting or Wilton Icing to hold eggs in place. Place candies inside of nest.
  • Tie ribbon on pipe cleaner and cut bend in an arc. Cut to desired length leaving about an inch on each side to poke into cupcake.
  • Poke bent pipe cleaner gently into cupcake making sure you are not too close to the edge (adult recommended)

Tips and Suggestions

  • Licorice strings are hard to find but can be used for the basket handle.
  • If you want finer coconut, or have a few long pieces, chop in a small food chopper or processor.
  • If you are doing this activity with young children, then make the handles ahead of time.

Other Ideas

Easter Cupcake Nests
We made some mini sized cupcakes which we decorated similar to above with a different colored coconut. We used small sixlet candies to make "eggs".. Cute even without the handle and very easy to decorate.