4.05.2012

Bird Nest Cupcakes for Easter

Remember yesterday when I said come back tomorrow for a cute Easter dessert? Well here it is!
You better believe I wouldn't let Easter come and go without an Easter dessert you could make for your Easter brunch or lunch. I saw this cute cupcake on Pinterest of course and couldn't pass it up. I am using the much-raved about Cadbury mini chocolate eggs from yesterday's post but you could use whatever egg-looking Easter candy you like. These cupcakes are simple, really simple.
First, gather together your ingredients. I don't follow the directions on the back of the funfetti cake mix, I add in different ingredients, which takes away from the cake mix taste. However, do follow the directions for what temperature to set your oven to and the cooking time.
Ok back to the ingredients. 1 box of funfetti cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup sour cream and 1/3 oil. For the buttercream, 1/2 cup room temperature butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 6 teaspoons heavy cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Also shredded coconut and egg-shaped candy, whether chocolate eggs or even jelly beans.

In your mixing bowl, add in the cake mix, the eggs, milk, sour cream and oil. Mix all the ingredients until they are fully combined.





Put cupcake liners in your cupcake tin and fill the liners 2/3 full of cupcake mix.


Bake the cupcakes for approximately 15-18 minutes. When the cupcakes are cooked, pull them out and let them cool.

Don't turn the oven off when you pull the cupcakes out you need to toast the shredded coconut. Spread a thin layer of shredded coconut on a baking sheet, pop the sheet into the oven for 7-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to evenly toast the coconut.


When the coconut is a golden tan, take it out of the oven. Now you can turn the oven off. Set the shredded coconut aside until you start decorating the cupcakes.

Make the buttercream frosting.
Cream the butter, then add in the powdered sugar and mix the two ingredients together. Add in the vanilla then the heavy whipping cream.


Whip all the ingredients together then spread a layer of buttercream on the top of the cupcakes.

Flip the cupcake over into a pile of the toasted shredded coconut and coat the top of the buttercream with a layer of shredded coconut.

Put two or three of the chocolate eggs or jelly beans in the middle to represent eggs in a nest.
Then serve, eat and enjoy!



See, I told you a dessert using one of my favorite Easter candies!

39 comments:

Married...with a Pup said...

Yum! These look SOOO good! I'm in charge is dessert for Easter this year and I think these are a contender!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

these look so yummy! Im attempting a hummingbird cake this weekend, we will see how it goes!

Jenny in Ohio said...

very cute!! I love coconut too....

Michelle P said...

Ooooh I love this!

Amanda said...

These are too stinkin' cute! Love it!

Susan said...

So cute Meg! I love using chocolate eggs on top. I've seen so many cute cupcakes this year for Easter that I've never seen before. I'm inspired to try these!

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

So cute!! I might make these for Easter! Thanks for inspiring me!! :)

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Yep these are definitely cute! Have a wonderful Easter Meg!

Christina said...

Love funfetti cake! The cupcakes turned out so stinkin' cute!

Amira said...

How cute are you!? So you add sourcream to your cupcake mix? I've never heard of that but I think I might just try your ingredients instead of the boxed ones :-)

Morgan Stone said...

These sound delicious, and I'm always a sucker for a cute cupcake! xoxo, morgan

Simply LKJ said...

Yum! They are super cute.

Two Shopper Moms said...

Looks yummy! Great blog. We are following you, won't you follow us?
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-Julie & Donna

Samantha said...

What a cute recipe, Meg!

Laura Burtis said...

Sooooo cute! And they look DELISH too! Love this!

birdie to be said...

SO cute! I love this idea!

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

YES! I always look forward to Easter coming around and getting those mini Cadbury Chocolate eggs... YUM!! Adorable cupcakes!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

These look delicious Meg! Yum-0

Amanda said...

Those Cadbury eggs are so addicting! The best Easter treat in my opinion!

Amanda said...

Wanna come over for Easter and bring your pretty self and these with you?! Cuz that would be awesome. I love funfetti and cadbury mini eggs (my favorite). Hope life is going well, Meg! Let's catch up soon!

Tiffany said...

those are adorable!!

Sami said...

Those are too cute!

Hilliary@Brunch and Cupcakes said...

These are so cute! Such a great idea, i bet they taste great too!

Sarah said...

These are soooo cute for Easter! Totally perfect. You are the cutest =)


- Sarah
A Girl In Transit

Andrea said...

I love this! Def gonna give it a try this weekend!

Carlie said...

Cadbury Eggs on cupcakes?! I think I found a new favorite dessert!

two birds said...

i was just "assigned" dessert on easter, so i just may have to make these!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

I love these! They're so adorable, and I'm sure delicious!

Rachel said...

YUMMM! These look delicious :)

Alexa said...

Pretty sure I could eat a whole bag of those little eggs. And this is the cutest idea ever!

Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

mmmmm i love toasted coconut - these look yummy & so cute too! great idea!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Oh, those look so yummy! I didn't know you could do that with coconut, gotta give it a try. Happy Easter!

Fashion Meets Food said...

These turned out so cute! I made bunny cupcakes this year. xo

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Those are too cute! Almost too cute to eat..almost ;)

I love Funfetti!

Kyla said...

These cupcakes are adorable! Funfetti cake is personally my favorite, I use it for pretty much everything I bake ;)

REBrown said...

These are so cute!

Samantha said...

Ahhhh These are so freakin cute!!! I'll have to try!

Katie said...

these are so cute! those cadbury eggs are SO good - they are dangerous!!

Faith said...

Looks so good!! Yum! Def. craving cupcakes now!!