I absolutely love this recipe for Bird’s Nest Cupcakes.
So simple, but perfect for any spring get-together.
Easter? You betcha.
Mother’s Day? Let’s do it.
Random spring family adventure? Perfect cupcake.
Let’s do it.
Bird’s Nest Cupcakes
The best thing about these bird’s nest cupcakes is that they’re based on your favorite, easy vanilla cupcake recipe.
So, you just use what you love, which for me, is this perfect cupcake recipe.
Then, you just grab your favorite can of frosting.
Which is awesome—I mean, making icing is such a whip (I can never get the consistency quite right).
And then you get to decide exactly just how chocolatey your bird’s nest is going to be.
I mean, each nest is different, right?
I like a super-chocolatey candy egg, but when it comes to frosting, I am not the biggest fan of super-chocolatey-ness.
For some reason, that just doesn’t appeal to me.
So, while you can certainly add a bunch more cocoa powder and make your frosting fudgey, I am more of a “I’d like it to taste chocolatey, but not super-dupery”.
I mean, it’s frosting, after all, so it needs to be an accompaniment to the cupcake—and the candy eggs in this case.
So, if the frosting is too chocolatey, it over powers the candy eggs and the vanilla cupcake…it’s just a sad state of affairs.
But with just a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder, you get this perfect blend of chocolate, candy egg, and vanilla cupcake that’s just right…
Which is really what you want in a light and springy-type dessert.
Nothing heavy or too much, just some cute-as-can-be bird’s nests on a freaking cupcake that you can really enjoy without drowning in chocolate.
Oh, and don’t be intimidated by the little nest.
Just get a #106 decorating tip and practice making a swirl on some wax paper with some extra frosting.
Trust me, it’s not as hard as it looks—and even if they’re a little-bit messy, it’s not like anyone is going to care.
They’re homemade cupcakes and everyone loves homemade cupcakes.
So you’re super into the idea of making these amazing bird’s nest cupcakes? Sweet!
Oh, but you’re all out of candy eggs? Bummer.
You can totally just pin these bird’s nest cupcakes to your favorite spring treats board on Pinterest, so you can find them again when you’re back from the store.
That way, you can still make these amazing treats today!
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- 12 of your favorite vanilla cupcakes
- 1 can of your favorite vanilla frosting
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Candy eggs
- #106 decorating tip
- Make your favorite vanilla cupcakes.
- Place 1/2 teaspoon of the frosting on each cupcake and spread it out in a circle.
- With the remaining frosting, add cocoa powder and stir until it’s a consistent color throughout.
- With the #106 decorating tip, swirl the chocolate frosting flat onto the cupcake starting in the center, working out towards the edge. Once the circle is big enough, swirl it upwards into a bird’s nest shape.
- Place 3 candy eggs inside each nest.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 29mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 5g Protein: 1g