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Celebrate Easter with adorable Bird’s Nest Cupcakes. Topped with Easter grass and mini eggs, these sweet treats are perfect for an easy Easter dessert or spring celebration!

bird's nest Easter cupcakes with edible Easter grass and chocolate mini eggs on the table

Easy Easter Cupcake Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy Easter cupcakes recipe, I’ve got you covered. These bird nest cupcakes start out with a box of cake mix and are super simple to make!

I am all about easy recipes, and 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 holiday meal from scratch, right? So an easy Easter dessert is exactly what you need. These fun cupcakes are the perfect Easter treat!

If you’re looking for more easy Easter desserts, try my Easter Lamb Cake, Easter Brownies and Mini Egg Cookies or and even more Easter Recipes your family will love.

cake mix, eggs, oil and ingredients to make frosting


You only need a few simple ingredients for this bird nest cupcake recipe. They should be easy to find in any grocery store. Full amounts are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Cake mix — any boxed cake mix. I usually use vanilla cake mix or yellow cake mix for these.
  • Milk — or water to make the cupcakes
  • Eggs
  • Coconut oil, vegetable oil or butter
  • Vanilla extract — for added flavor if using yellow or white cake mix
  • Frosting — I use vanilla frosting
  • Food dye — green food coloring to tint the frosting
  • Edible Easter Grass — You can find this in Target and other stores or online
  • Mini candy eggs — Cadbury mini eggs or robins eggs

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.

How to Make Birds Nest Cupcakes

I did make a few a changes, just to make these easy cupcakes 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.

Follow the directions on the box to bake cupcakes.

yellow cupcakes with light green frosting

Bake the cupcakes, and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack or baking sheet. I like to use parchment paper cups for baking and put the cupcakes into fancier cupcake paper 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 top of the cupcakes. The bird’s nests won’t be perfect looking, but that’s part of the cuteness!

cupcakes with edible Easter grass on top

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 mini chocolate eggs into the little nests in the center of each cupcake. Not all of the chocolate candy eggs made it onto the cupcakes, but we had enough to go around.

How to Store Easter Egg Cupcakes

Store these adorable cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature. They should keep fresh for 3-4 days.

Note — If you are using cream cheese frosting or whipped cream frosting, you will need to store them in the refrigerator.

You can make these Easter cupcakes ahead of time and decorate the day before you will be serving them. You can freeze plain cupcakes for up to 3 months and decorate before serving.

birds nest cupcakes on Easter table

Recipe Substitutions and Variations

We have been making these cupcakes for years now, and there are many ways to change the basic recipe. If you can’t find edible Easter grass or don’t want to use it, try tinting shredded coconut and using that for the birds nest, instead. Toasted coconut or chow mein noodles will also work.

You can also pipe green frosting for the nests using a piping bag or a small resealable food-storage bag with a small hole cut in 1 corner.

Any frosting works here. Use your favorite buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting if you like.

Make chocolate cupcakes using chocolate cake mix or your favorite cake recipe. Pipe chocolate frosting or buttercream frosting for the nests using a can of chocolate frosting or your own homemade frosting recipe.

Use any egg-shaped candy for the eggs. Jelly beans will also work for these Easter nest cupcakes.

Easter birds nest cupcakes with mini eggs
5 from 13 votes

Bird’s Nest Easter Cupcakes

By: Dee
Celebrate Easter with adorable Bird's Nest Cupcakes. Topped with Easter grass and mini eggs, these sweet treats are perfect for an easy Easter dessert or spring celebration!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
decorating time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes


  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 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
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  • Preheat oven to 350℉
  • 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
  • Enjoy!



Tinted coconut can be used instead of edible Easter grass. Or, pipe green frosting for the nests. Or use green candy sprinkles.
You can use any flavor cake mix or use your favorite homemade cupcake recipe with buttercream frosting.


Calories: 118kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 160mg, Potassium: 36mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 32IU, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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I hope you enjoy these adorable bird’s nest cupcakes as much as we do. These sweet treats are perfect to serve after Easter dinner or Mother’s Day. If you do try this fun dessert, please leave a star rating and/or comment.

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easter cupcakes topped with edible grass and chocolate candy eggs in a nest

Recipe was published in 2016 and updated in 2024.

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  1. Gina says:

    These are so cute! Made these with the kiddos! What fun!5 stars

  2. Betty says:

    Made these with the grandkids! Great family project for the holiday!5 stars

  3. Sally says:

    These look adorable! Will definitely make these for Easter!5 stars

  4. Beverly says:

    These are the cutest! Making these for sure!5 stars

  5. Barbara Karr says:

    Foul! Call in the referees. You are not really going to show us something as great as Easter grass and then leave us hanging are you? Only one store that carries it? At least give us the manufacturers name so we can track it down. If you are doing this project with kids the grass is a MUST. This is the cutest thing I´ve seen in forever. Excellent job! Can you imagine taking these to a nursing home? WOW. We are waiting. I said they were cute, but the more I look at them the more I think they are small works of art. Beautiful work.
    Hoppy Easter! Barb5 stars

  6. Sara | Life's Little Sweets says:

    These are too cute! Pinning and sharing, they are perfect for Spring!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Sara! The kids made another batch the other day, and they’re almost gone! 🙂

  7. Christie says:

    Edible easter grass?? I have to look for this!! These are so adorable and fun. Sounds you had a good time with the kids making these.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Christie! They were fun to make and even more fun to eat! 🙂

  8. Jess says:

    Oh these are just too cute!

    I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group
    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Jess! 🙂

  9. Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio says:

    I used to make these all the time with coconut. They were so cute but the kids wouldn’t eat them. Edible grass is the perfect solution. Thanks for the idea and inspiration.

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Beverly. I don’t know why my kids hate coconut so much, but the edible grass worked!