Bird’s Nest Cupcakes are super easy to make and perfect for a quick Easter dessert that everyone will love. You can get the kids to help and maybe even share some of their candy!
My kids are absolutely crazy about cupcakes. In fact, they probably like cupcakes better than cake. Who can blame them? And really, cupcakes aren’t just for kids — adultls love them too! So when I was planning our Easter menu, I decided to include cupcakes this year along with whatever else we decided to have.
Desserts are never set in stone around here, and sometimes, something gets added at the last minute. We have a large family, so I usually end up making more than one just so that we have some variety, and everyone can find something to enjoy. People can be picky!
Instead of making regular cupcakes, I thought it would be fun to try something different, so I decided to make a small bird’s nest with mini eggs on each cupcake. How fun is that?!
This is kind of a cheater recipe because it uses a cake mix and canned frosting. I was going to make everything from scratch, but then I thought about it. Honestly, if I’m making something that I’m topping with candy and edible Easter grass, I know people will focus on the topping more than the cupcake. Plus, I’m making the rest of the meal, so an easy dessert is exactly what I need!
I did make a few a changes, just to make these cupcakes-from-a-mix taste even better. I used milk instead of water, and I used coconut oil and added some vanilla extract. The family definitely approved! Now, if you happen to have favorite cupcake recipe, you can definitely use that.
When the cupcakes were cool, I tinted some vanilla frosting with green food coloring and spread a thin layer on each cupcake. The kids helped with this part.
Then, I topped them with edible Easter grass so that the cupcakes would appear to have grass nests on top. I found it easier to chop the grass up into smaller pieces and then place them in different directions on the frosting.
Then, I the kids and I placed different candy eggs into the little nests. Not all of the eggs made it onto the cupcakes, but we had enough to go around.
And that’s all there is to it!
How to Make Bird’s Nest Cupcakes for Easter or Spring
Bird's Nest Cupcakes
- 1 box of white cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 can vanilla frosting
- 3 drops green food coloring
- Edible Easter grass
- Miniature candy eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine the cake mix, milk, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla in a large bowl, and mix well.
- Pour batter into lined muffin tin
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake is clean
- Let cool completely
- Add food coloring to frosting, and mix well
- Spread a thin layer of frosting on each cupcake
- Top with Easter grass and candy eggs
If you can’t find the Easter grass, you could always use tinted coconut. My kids hate coconut, so I went with the grass, instead.
I think these bird’s nest cupcakes turned are super cute, and they taste good too! I can’t wait to make them again and serve them for Easter dessert.