Anyway, back to the topic of Easter in July. This past Easter I was getting back into cake decorating after being laid off from Xerox (downsizing strikes again). I wanted to do something that would give me a chance to practice some of the techniques I had learned in the Wilton classes I had taken a few years back. And I wanted to make Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting. It's my FAVORITE kind of cake. It's Easter so the idea came to me...An Easter Basket (how original, I know).
I used the oval pan set from the Wilton Course 3 (back in 2006). For the handle I decided to try a sugar cookie in a rainbow shape with popsicle sticks hanging out the ends. I think I found the idea in one of the Wilton Yearbooks. I had extra cookie dough so I had my girls cut out Easter cookie shapes and thought to include those in the basket as well.
I used the carrot cake recipe from the joy of baking website, which I LOVE btw. And a cream cheese frosting recipe from Wilton (but I add 1 tsp of vanilla). My cake came out tasty but tough, so I think I must have over mixed it...I really need to work on my scratch cake techniques. I did a basket weave to cover the cake. And for the handle I did a rope border technique. I actually sandwiched two cookie handles together with frosting. In hindsight, I think one cookie with frosting on both sides would have been plenty. I dyed some shredded coconut green for the grass, added some bunny, lamb and egg cookie shapes and a few peanut M&M's to "fill" the basket.