Cupcake Basket is a fun gift idea for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or birthdays. A simple, affordable gift that makes a big impact! Today, I made a simple vanilla cupcake with a special lavender frosting and set the cupcakes into this basket.
What you need for a Cupcake Basket:
- A medium sized basket
- foam block
- green cupcake liners
- green tissue paper
- cupcake ingredients
- Wilton tip 2D
- frosting bags
- small fresh flowers to weave in (optional)
Step one is to cook your cupcakes in the green liners. Use a box cake mix or your own special recipe of choice. I like to use a basic box cake mix, add an extra egg, swap oil for butter and add an instant pudding packet. This gives a simple box cake, more of a gourmet cupcake taste.
Once the cupcakes cool, make your lavender frosting recipe and decorate with Wilton tip 2D. To make the rose look, start in the middle and spiral around until the cupcake is covered.
- 2 teaspoon lavender extract
- 4 cups confectioners sugar
- 4 drops red food coloring
- 2 drops blue food coloring
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- In a large mixing bowl, add lavender extract, confectioners sugar and butter.
- use a hand or stand mixer to blend until smooth.
- Add the food coloring and mix.
- Place frosting into frosting bag with 2D tip and frost each individual cupcake. Begin in the center and spiral out.
Once the cupcakes are completely frosted, place in the freezer. You will want to do this to put the bouquet together in the basket or else the cupcakes are too soft and everything will fall apart. As the cupcakes freeze, build your basket. Start with an empty basket of choice and add a foam square in the bottom. I cut my foam block today and stacked the smaller piece on top of the larger to add more volume inside. Use your toothpicks to hold it all together.
You can see I used 2 toothpicks per cupcake to hold it in. Place a green cupcake liner to mark all your spots. Tear some of the green tissue paper and weave it between the cupcake liners to add more color and volume. This doesn’t need a lot of tissue paper, I only used about half a sheet.
Once the cupcakes are frozen enough that the cake that a toothpick smoothly goes in without any bending in the cake, place all your cupcakes. You may need to use a few extra toothpicks to hold all the cupcakes exactly where you want them. A single toothpick being used as a support on the bottom of the cupcake can really help some of those side angled cupcakes.
Once all the cupcakes are placed and steady, fill in any open spots in the bouquet with tissue paper or you can weave in some small flowers.
What do you all think about this cute Cupcake Basket with lavender frosting? Would you love receiving this as a gift or creating one for someone in your life?
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