Bird's Nest Easter Cupcakes topped with edible grass and candy eggs are super easy to make and perfect for a cute spring or Easter dessert!
If you're looking for an easy, but adorable Easter dessert idea, I've got you covered. These bird nest cupcakes start out with cake mix and are super simple to make!
This is kind of a cheater recipe because it uses a cake mix and canned frosting. Honestly, if I'm baking cupcakes and topping them with candy and edible Easter grass, I know the kids will focus on the topping more than the cupcake!
Plus, you're probably making the rest of the meal from scratch, right? So an easy Easter dessert is exactly what you need!
How to Make Bird's Nest Cupcakes
You only need a few ingredients for this easy cupcake recipe:
- Cake mix
- Coconut oil, vegetable oil or butter
- Vanilla extract
- Food dye
- Edible Easter Grass
- Mini candy eggs
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.
Bake the cupcakes, and allow them to cool. I like to use parchment paper cups for baking and put the cupcakes into fancier liners for presentation!
I tinted some vanilla frosting with green food coloring and spread a thin layer on each cupcake. The kids helped with this part.
Next, take some of the edible Easter grass, and form a nest shape on each cupcake. They won't be perfect looking, but that's part of the cuteness!
What is Edible Easter Grass
Edible Easter grass is made from potato starch and usually artificial coloring and sweeteners. You can find it in stores like Walmart or Target or online.
I found it easier to chop the grass up into smaller pieces and then place them in different directions on the frosting. You can use kitchen scissors or a sharp knife for this.
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.
Use Tinted Coconut or Frosting
If you can't find edible Easter grass or don't want to use it, try tinting shredded coconut and using that, instead. You can also pipe green frosting for the nests.
Bird's Nest Easter Cupcakes Recipe
Bird's Nest Easter Cupcakes
- 1 box of white cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 ¼ cups milk
- ⅓ cup coconut oil or vegetable oil or melted butter
- 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