Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Lemon Easter Basket Bundt Cake

Lemon Easter Basket Bundt Cake

Lemon Easter Basket Bundt Cake

This lovely little cake is a Easter tradition in our home. This is also a fun and much appreciated cake to take to school for a treat for the class, the office, and to offer up for spring bake sales. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. water
  • few drops of green food coloring (any color you want, but this is for the Easter grass)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8- or 10-inch bundt pan. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Add in zest and vanilla.
  3. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Beat slowly into wet ingredients. Mix in lemon juice and fold in coconut. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Take out and let cool completely.
  4. Flip cake over onto plate and then flip back right side up onto your serving platter (you want cake to be sitting on platter the same way it was in the pan). Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice to make glaze. You might need to add more or less lemon juice to get to consistency you prefer. Pour over top of cake, letting glaze drip down sides. Let glaze set.
  5. To make Easter grass: Mix water and food coloring in small cup. Adjust color to your liking. Pour over coconut that has been placed in a plastic sandwich bag. Secure top and shake until coconut turns green. You may want more grass; just repeat the process.
  6. Fill up hole in cake with candy, coconut, plastic eggs or any other edible decorative goodies.
  7. Spread the green tinted coconut in the hole of the cake, extending out as far as you like to the edges of the cake. You want it to look like grass in a basket.
  8. Arrange your favorite Easter candy over top of “grass.”
  9. Enjoy!
  10. Note: Use your imagination with the candy and the coconut grass as not everybody loves coconut. You can fill up the hole in the middle of the cake with something special that falls out when you cut your cake.
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