Make An Easter Candy Basket of Epic Proportions with the Giant Cupcake Pan

April 19th, 2011 by Paula Ivancicts

What’s better than having an Easter decoration? How about one that is also edible?! My candy Easter basket was created using Candy Melts®, Candy Clay, marshmallows, pretzels, and jelly beans. Now that’s a tasty combination!!!

I started by making Candy Clay. It was super easy to make and work with – and yummy too! Melt one 14 oz. bag of white Candy Melts® in the microwave on the defrost setting, and then stir in 1/3 cup of light corn syrup and put it on a wax paper lined plate. I used white Candy Melts because I planned on adding candy colors to it. The Candy Clay recipe goes a long way; I ended up using about half of my Candy Clay for this project and saved the rest to use on another project.

Line Cupcake Pan with Candy Melts

While the Candy Clay was setting up, I melted one bag of white Candy Melts and then brushed it on the inside of the Dimensions® Giant Cupcake Pan bottom and sides using the Silicone Pastry Brush.

Once set, I melted another bag and brushed it over the candy shell to make a thicker shell to prevent cracking. Refrigerate the pan until set, and then pop the candy shell out of the pan. It was simple and preparing the pan with oil was not necessary.

Making a Candy Basket Handle

For the basket handle, melt Candy Melts in a disposable decorating bag. You can find patterns to many of our projects by using the pattern locator on our website, or  download a PDF of the handle pattern. I placed parchment paper over the pattern and put that on a cookie sheet. Pipe the melted candy over the pattern and refrigerate until set. Once set, I repeated the steps and made another handle so that I could put the two together for stability.

I put the decorating bag back in the microwave, re-melted the candy and piped the candy on one handle and sandwiched the two handles together. Then I piped more candy around the edges of the handles for a cleaner look. Unfortunately, when I went to attach the handle to the basket, I broke off a portion.  :(  All was not lost; I just cut a notch into both sides of the handle and attached the handle with more melted white candy. I held it in place until dry. I then brushed White Pearl Dust over the basket and handle using a brush from the Decorator Brush Set.

I kneaded the Candy Clay and then pulled off a portion and put that in a sandwich bag. Using the green from the Garden Candy Set, I added a little color to the Candy Clay and kneaded the color in using the bag. This avoided getting the coloring on my hands.

Candy Basket Grass

I sprinkled a little cornstarch on the counter and using the Perfect Height Rolling Pin, I rolled out a thin layer of Candy Clay. Using the Cutter/Embosser, I cut small strips of green Candy Clay to use as grass in my basket. **Note – make sure you use the Candy Color Sets when working with the Candy Melts. The icing colors are water based and the Candy Melts are oil based, so they will not work together.

Candy Basket Bow

I then pulled off more of the Candy Clay and colored it with the pink color from the Garden Candy Set. I rolled out the Candy Clay and used the Ribbon Cutter and Embosser Set to cut even strips and assembled a bow. I stuffed the bow with wax paper to hold the shape while it hardened. I used a straw to curl the ends of the ribbon and brushed Orchid Pink Pearl Dust over the ribbon.

I melted Light Cocoa Candy Melts and spooned some into three of the cavities of the Bunny Pan. I did not fill them up all the way. I tapped the pan up and down a few times until the bubbles appeared at the top and popped. I then put the pan in the refrigerator until they were set and popped out.

Candy Basket Bunnies

I then re-melted the Light Cocoa Candy Melts and brushed a little on the eyes of the bunnies and used the Candy Eyeballs to bring the candy up a notch; it looked better than store bought chocolate bunnies!!!

I then added Spring Confetti for the noses by brushing on a little melted candy. I brushed a little of the melted candy on the ears and sprinkled Pink Sparkling Sugar over the melted candy. I then dipped a 6” lollipop stick in the melted candy and attached it to the back of the bunnies. Using the same Bunny Pan, I pressed some of my pink Candy Clay into the cavity to form a pink bunny, removed it, inserted a stick in it, and pressed in the eyes and a nose.

I also used the Silicone Mini Decorated Egg mold. I pressed some of my pink and green Candy Clay into the indentations and then pressed yellow Candy Clay over the top of it. I made the yellow Candy Clay using the yellow candy color from the Primary Color Candy Set. Once I removed the egg, I inserted a stick into it.

Candy Basket Pretzel Carrots How many times have you purchased a bag or container of pretzel rods and find that you have some broken pieces? Well, this was my chance to use some of them! I took the broken pretzels and trimmed the break even using a knife. I then dipped the cut side of the pretzels in melted Orange Candy Melts and stood them up in my non-stick cooling grid. This made it easy for the candy to set and I didn’t have a flat side on my pretzels. I then took a green spice drop candy and cut the top to resemble a carrot top and attached the green with a little melted orange.

To assemble my basket, I melted a few white Candy Melts and applied it to the back of my bow. I held the bow in place on the handle until it hardened and attached to the basket. I then added miniature marshmallows to the bottom of my basket and topped that with jelly beans. I then arranged my candies and pretzels in the basket and topped with my green grass.

Line Cupcake Pan with Candy Melts Somehow, I don’t think the Easter Bunny is going to get a chance to look at my Basket, as I think it will be long gone by Easter!!!!  I think my family will be hopping by the basket to sample the goodies!

If you don’t have time to make candies to go inside the basket, you can pick up Easter candies at your local store and use the different size lollipop sticks to add them to your basket or check out our website for Easter cookie ideas!

Paula Ivancicts Paula's love of creating things and using Wilton products started in high school when she began making candy. She even made a speech on cake decorating! Paula enjoys candy making, baking, cooking, crafting, and sharing her interests with her two daughters and her grill-master husband. Paula's favorite part of candy making and baking is sharing her treats with friends, family and co-workers and believes chocolate makes everything better! Paula is a Wilton Customer Service Key Account Rep.

13 Replies

  1. Chandra says:

    FABULOUS!!!! This basket is the best I have seen yet!!! Great job!

  2. ROSE says:

    I WANT ONE!!

  3. JOSETTE says:

    What a gorgeous basket — and you make it seem so easy!!!!

  4. mike g says:

    Paula, you are becoming a baking legend!

  5. Stephanie says:

    What a great use for the gaint cupcake pan! I love this!

  6. Molly from Los Angeles says:

    Thanks Paula for all your informative info on making chocolate Easter eggs -maybe Wilton will come out with a plastic egg mold for next year – can you suggest that to someone?

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