I can’t wait for holidays. “Why?” you ask. The reason might surprise you. I love creating cute desserts to share with family and friends. They’re always appreciative when the cooking mood strikes. If the cooking mood doesn’t arrive early, I begin to receive hints. “So…been baking anything lately?” If you want to surprise friends and family with some fun Easter goodies, try this Bird’s Nest Cupcake Recipe. I’ve included an easy gluten free option too.
Easter Bird’s Nest Cupcakes Recipe
You can make this recipe two ways. I call it the easy or complicated method. If you prefer, whip up your own cake recipe (this lemon cupcake recipe is perfect for this recipe) and homemade buttercream frosting. If you’re not feeling the mood for homemade, then go with the semi-homemade version, using a box of vanilla cake mix (or gluten-free cake mix) and a can of prepared frosting.
I always spice up my semi-homemade cupcakes by adding a few extra ingredients. One “secret” ingredient to moist cupcakes is to substitute sour cream and milk for some of the liquid. It doesn’t hurt to place a few add-ins in the cupcakes, like white chocolate chips. You can make the frosting taste more homemade by adding a little vanilla or almond extract.
Prepare the cupcakes and allow them to cool completely. Frost the cupcakes with green tinted icing. Now comes the fun part; making the bird’s nests. Use green tinted coconut for the nests. This is easy to prepare. Just mix a few drops of green food coloring into a cup of coconut and stir until blended.
Sprinkle a small amount of tinted coconut into the center of each cupcake. To make the birds I used Dubble Bubble Easter Egg Bubble Gum, but you can use other Easter candy, like Whoppers Easter Eggs. (Note: These are not gluten free so if making a gluten free version, use the bubble gum.) With an icing pen or black food gel, make two eyes at the top of the egg. For each “bird” pinch off a small piece of an orange gumdrop. Share the gumdrop to resemble a beak. Tip: Keep a wet paper towel nearby as your hands will get sticky working with the gumdrops. Attach the beak to the center of the “bird” with a small amount of icing. Place the bird in the nest, pushing the bird down into the cupcake to make sure it stays in place.
- 1 box (15.25 ounce) vanilla cake mix (or flavor of your choice or gluten free mix), prepared as directed on package
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 container vanilla frosting(16 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Green food coloring
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 48 Dubble Bubble Easter Egg
- 4 orange gumdrops
- 1 black icing pen or black writing gel
- Prepare cake mix as directed on the package. Stir in vanilla and white chocolate chips. Pour mixture into 24 muffin cups. Bake as directed on the package. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool.
- Mix frosting and vanilla extract. Add four to five drops green food coloring and stir until blended. Ice cupcakes.
- Place coconut into a small bowl. Add a few drops of green food coloring. Mix until blended.
- Place one to two teaspoons of coconut onto the center of each cupcake.
- Unwrap bubble gum. Using the black icing pen or black writing gel, make two dots on top of each gumball for eyes. Pinch off a small piece of the orange gumdrop. Shape into a beak. Attach beak below the eyes, using frosting to attach. Place two birds into each nest, pushing them down into the cupcake to hold into place.
What are some of your favorite Easter dessert recipes?