When you're in the room with this extravagant brown basket, every fragrant breath is like a moment in a chocolate shop. Set out at an Easter party, it would make a wonderful centerpiece -- then dessert. And what a gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. First, we coated a plain basket with chocolate-brown paint to make the color richer. Then we filled it with shredded kraft paper and dark chocolates in the shapes of eggs, bunnies, and hens. We also put foil-covered eggs in the big bunny's basket by attaching them with dots of royal icing. And we wrapped up homemade fudge in a cellophane bag and secured it with a lavender velvet ribbon. Martha particularly likes the real eggshells filled with chocolate. Fresh flowers, such as this pansy nosegay, should be tucked in just before the basket is given or displayed.
Chocolate Bunnies and Pansies Basket
Martha Stewart Living, April 2006