After the grays of winter, nothing says spring like the rainbows bursting into stores, through your home and onto your plate. This Rainbow Ring Basket Cake from Betty Crocker is a treat for your eyes and your stomach, sure to brighten your Easter meal and delight your guests. Like the Easter baskets it’s modeled after, it’s a little different every time you make it, but always fun and festive!

Of course, since this recipe comes to us from Betty Crocker, it calls for their boxed cake mix, frosting and sprinkles, but we know you baker TipHeroes can put a homemade twist on this method for extra heart and taste.

Here’s What You Need

– 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ white cake mix
– Water, vegetable oil and egg whites, as called for on the cake mix box
– Yellow, red, blue and green food color
– 1 container (12 ounces) Betty Crocker™ Whipped fluffy white frosting
– 2 cups shredded coconut
– Betty Crocker™ Decorating Decors® multicolored candy sprinkles

Here’s How You Make It:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously grease a 12-cup fluted tube cake pan.
  2. Make your cake batter, using the water, vegetable oil, egg whites and cake mix, or your own white cake recipe.
  3. Divide batter among 3 small bowls. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring to 1 bowl for yellow batter, red food coloring to the second bowl to make pink batter, and red and blue food coloring to third bowl for purple batter. Mix well.
  4. Pour half of the yellow batter into cake pan. Carefully pour half of the pink batter over the yellow batter, followed by half of the purple batter over the pink batter.
  5. Repeat the layers. Be careful not to mix the colors.
  6. Bake as directed by the box or your own recipe, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the cake from the pan and move it to the cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour, then place the cake on a serving plate.
  9. Divide the frosting among 3 small microwavable bowls.
  10. Microwave 1 bowl on High for 5 to 10 seconds. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring and stir until the frosting is smooth enough to drizzle.
  11. With a spoon, drizzle the yellow frosting back and forth over the cake in a striping pattern until you’ve used all of the frosting. Allow some of it to drip down onto the plate in middle of cake.
  12. Microwave the second bowl of frosting, using red and blue food coloring to make it purple. Drizzle this frosting over the cake in the same striping pattern.
  13. Repeat this process with the last bowl of frosting, adding red food coloring to make it pink.
  14. Decorate the cake with the sprinkles.
  15. Place the coconut in a re-sealable plastic bag and add a few drops of green food coloring. Seal the bag and toss until the coconut is evenly tinted green.
  16. Sprinkle the coconut on serving plate around the cake and in the center for “Easter grass.”

It’s almost too pretty to eat! Will you try this Easter Basket Cake? What colors would you want in your rainbow fare?