Easter Hamper Ideas
An Easter hamper is great for a springtime picnic, or for filling with lots of Easter-themed goodies to give as a gift. I’ve got somewhat of a soft spot for cake and have put together an afternoon Easter tea hamper – complete with an assortment of loose teas, hot cross buns, preserves and some delicious vanilla cupcakes . . .
Skill level : Beginner
Total time required : 45 minutes
Preparation time : Ten minutes
Baking time: 20 – 25 minutes
Decorating time : 10 minutes
- Start by choosing your hamper and then fill it with raffia.
- Fill your hamper with your chosen gifts.
Hints and tips
Why not hand-make the edible items that fill your hamper such as hot cross buns and Easter chocolates? We included some simple vanilla cupcakes with pastel buttercream in ours, here’s how our lovely cake baker, Fran from Expresso Kitchen made them :
What You’ll Need (makes 12 vanilla cupcakes)
- 12-hole muffin tin
- Muffin cases
- Mixing spoon
- Mixing bowl
- Piping bag
- Petal piping nozzle – we used Wilton number 104
- 125 grams butter, softened
- 125 grams self-raising flour
- One and a half teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
- Two large Free range eggs
- Three tablespoons milk
- One quarter teaspoon Nielson Massey vanilla extract
For the buttercream frosting :
How to make
- Preheat oven to 170°C and line a 12-hole cupcake tin with the muffin cases.
- Cream the butter until pale and soft. Add in the caster sugar and beat again until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs in one at a time beating between each addition and then sift in the flour and baking powder.
- Mix the milk and vanilla extract together and add it to the other ingredients, mix slowly until combined.
- Spoon into the cupcake cases and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
- When the cupcakes are golden brown take out of the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
- To decorate, beat the butter until soft and pale then add the icing sugar and combine until thick. Slowly add the milk until you have a thick creamy consistency.
- Add your food colouring to the buttercream until you have your desired shade.
- Place the buttercream mixture into a piping bag fitted with a nozzle and pipe the buttercream onto the baked cupcakes.
Even more inspiration
If the above’s not quite whetted your appetite for all things hamper making, then here are a few more ideas to get those creative juices flowing . . .
Why not include a mixture of edible and non-edible handmade items in your hamper. There are lots of different embellishments and ribbons that you can use to personlaise the items. You could even have a go at decorating the hamper itself!
Go all out for spring and create a hamper that can be used all season long – it looks great when filled with sweet treats and would be an ideal gift for a parent or grandparent that doesn’t necessarily want a chocolate egg, as you can fill with other goodies too!