Follow this simple tutorial and decorate Easter cupcakes like a pro! Birds nest cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate this holiday.
If you are looking for more fun crafts to make in the kitchen, make some white chocolate cocoa bombs or some easy chocolate chip shortbread bars.
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We all deserve a sweet treat during this time of the year.
Oh – hey there, spring! How lovely of you to (finally) arrive!
The end of March marks the start of the spring season and I get all excited and start looking out for the signs: flowers blooming, clearer skies, and leaves on trees.
This is also the perfect time to bake beautiful cupcakes!
Bird’s Nest Cupcake Tips
When I bake for Easter, I tend to gravitate towards Cadbury Mini Eggs. I have to admit, these little treats by Cadbury have become the epitome of the Easter holiday. Here’s how I used them to spruce-up my most recent cupcakes.
The entire recipe is in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, I have some additional tips that will help you make them.
Kitchen Tools Needed
- Pre-made chocolate cupcakes (This vegan recipe is amazing)
- Powdered Sugar
- Cocoa Powder
- Brown Fondant
- Candy Eggs
Recipe Will Decorate One Dozen Cupcakes
I did not include the recipe for the cupcakes. Either use your favorite boxed cupcake mix or find a fantastic chocolate cupcakes recipe you love.
My recipe is for homemade chocolate buttercream frosting and the instructions for making or decorating cupcakes with candy eggs.
Make Sure Cupcakes are Completey Cool
Before you start the decorating process, ensure your cupcakes are completely cool. If you don’t, the buttercream frosting will melt and be more like a glaze.
Use Homemade Buttercream Frosting
I love how homemade buttercream frosting tastes. You can certainly pipe pre-made frosting too, but it won’t have the same taste.
Dark Cocoa For Richer Flavor
I used regular cocoa powder. If you want the frosting to have a deeper flavor, I suggest using dark chocolate cocoa powder.
Use a Non-Stick Surface for Fondant
As you roll out the fondant, I suggest using a non-stick surface. I used parchment paper. You could also roll it out on a silicone baking mat.
Your kids will have fun helping with this step! Roll the fondant into strips like snakes then twist them together.
Add Fondant Twists To the Cupcakes
Wrap a fondant twist around the circumference of each cupcake. Trim where necessary. I measured and if you make 7-inch twists, it should fit around the cupcakes perfectly.
Top With Candy Eggs
Top the cupcakes with 4 candy eggs. This is another step that even preschool kiddos can help with! Serve and enjoy!
Do you see? Just a few simple steps to create an Easter cupcake basket – and so many candy eggs to enjoy! Sweet, sweet, sweet!
Serve At Easter Brunch or Egg Hunts
These are the cutest little cupcakes! They are perfect for your Easter brunch or as a fun treat after an Easter egg hunt.
Bird’s Nest Cupcakes with Candy Eggs
- 12 of your favourite chocolate cupcakes
- 1 stick unsalted butter softened
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
- 1 tbsp high-quality cocoa powder
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- 6-7 oz. brown fondant
- 48 candy eggs
- Before you start the decorating process, ensure your cupcakes are completely cool.
- Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and milk on low speed.
- Gradually increase the speed to high and continue beating. Your buttercream frosting is ready once all of the ingredients are well-combined and form semi-stiff peaks.
- Scoop your buttercream into a piping bag and frost each cupcake.
- Prepare your fondant by dividing them into 24 spheres, about ½ an inch in diameter.
- Roll the fondant spheres into strips, about 7 inches in length.
- Take two strips and twist them together.
- Wrap a fondant twist around the circumference of each cupcake. Trim where necessary.
- Top the cupcakes with 4 candy eggs. Serve and enjoy!
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More Easter Ideas
If you enjoyed these birds’ nest cupcakes, here are some more Easter ideas you should make next!
Oh my gosh I would totally hire you to do my stuff! This looks amazing and it’s cute and I agree that Easter candy eggs definitely need to be for decoration.
Alli Smith says
Gorgeous! I love how you made the nest! I want to make these for my Easter gathering. My family will be so impressed.
oh my goodness how cute is this idea for easter- my kids wpuld love helping ( and eating ) all of those candy eggs too ha i cant wait to try it out this weekend!
Sarah Bailey says
Now this looks like such a great little cupcake. There is nothing like popping some sweets on top of cakes to make little nests.
Melissa Chapman says
Love those cupcakes they look like little nests with eggs. I know any kid would love that for Easter or any holiday.
Dawn M Lopez says
This was SO much and I totally LOVE how these came out. That fondant twist is EVERYTHING!
Dawn Lopez says
Ha! I totally meant this was SO much FUN! 😉
What a cute idea and of course perfect for Easter. Doesn’t look to hard to make and the grandkids would be love these.
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I love how you created those braided strands for the nesting effect. Absolutely perfect with the candy eggs. The perfect Easter cupcake!
Amber Myers says
Oh yum, these look so good! And they’re pretty too. I need to make these with my daughter.
Denay DeGuzman says
I love these beautiful decorating tips for Easter cupcakes! They look FANTASTIC!
Pam Wattenbarger says
These are so cute. I love decorating desserts with Easter egg candy.
Those candy eggs are by far, my favorite holiday candy ever. We wind up buying at least 3 bags before Easter and then as many as we can get when they go on sale, after Easter
Terri Steffes says
The design of the icing “takes the cake.” Ha. Love these gorgeous and Eastery cupcakes.
How cute are these Easter cupcakes! My kid will have fun decorating them!
Love decorating cupcakes on Easter. We had it done before at my in-laws’ house and we all had fun.
Ruth I says
Oh wow. This is the cutest! A perfect design for the Easter dessert.
Farrah Less says
This is so cute I would probably rather display it than eat it. This is perfect for Easter party with friends and family. It looks so tasty too everyone in my family loves cupcake.
Catherine @ To & Fro Fam says
These little cupcake egg nests are adorable! What a fun way to decorate cupcakes.
Thanks for the suggestions. We are having a cupcake decorating party with our friends before Easter.
Tami | This Mom's Delight says
We celebrate big during Easter! While Jesus Christ is our main focus, these Bird’s Nest Cupcakes will be enjoyed by the entire family.
These are so cute and look delicious! I love anything chocolate!
These are so cute, and look easy enough for me to recreate. I think I’ll try this for our Easter dinner this year.
This is so cute! I love it! My boys would adore eating these at Easter. Thanks for the idea.
Ooh these Easter cupcakes look
Super delicious!!! I want to try these!
Jenn Mitchell says
These are so very cute for the holiday! What a fun way to top them off for a great treat.