It *finally* feels like spring made an appearance with temperatures reaching above 70 degrees on a few days AND Easter is right around the corner. Yay! I absolutely love this time of year too - it's just so fun to get outside again, and see all the greenery and flowers coming back.
So I had to make something. It's just what I do. Since I just did some spring flower cupcakes, I decided on some mini and all edible Easter baskets.
I got a Wilton 3-D cupcake candy mold awhile back. After procrastinating forevs, I did finally use it to make some molded chocolate cupcakes (there's a little somethin' somethin' inside them too!). That said I kinda hate using kitchen stuff (think pans and molds) for 1 trick ponies and try to re-use them for other things. I thought the bottom of the mold would make cute little baskets. And they did!
Fill the mold with your favorite chocolate or candy melt. Then apply the top part of the mold (it makes the cavity - I used some rubber bands to keep top secure). Stick the entire thing in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes. Once the candy/chocolate is hardened, they should pop right out. You may need to neaten the edge up a bit if the chocolate overflows. No biggie though if it does.
Make the basket handles with more melted candy/chocolate. I measured the opening of the basket and just made sure the handle would be the right size (side note: I used the kiddo's wood ruler - you know the good ole' wooden foot long rulers from back in the day. Some things never change although lots of other things change everyday!).
Attach handles with - guess what?? More candy melt or chocolate - it's the best edible glue ever!
Then comes the most fun part - fill each tiny basket with lots of tiny goodies! I found edible grass, Sweetarts chicks, ducks, and bunnies, jelly beans, and the cutest Iddy Biddy Bunnies from Russell Stover. And by iddy biddy they mean super iddy biddy.
Fill them up!
These were a bigger hit with my 6 year old girlie girl then my 9 and 6 year old boys. Must be too much pink. Plus I think I passed along my love of tiny things to my daughter. There could be worse things to pass along!
Well off to make 2 cakes for this weekend. My twins are turning 7 and their party is this weekend. I've been making their cakes since they were born, and of course they want very different cakes. A pink and purple castle and The Flash. Wish me luck - and have a very Happy Passover or Easter to those who celebrate or just a happy rest of the week in general!
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