Follow this simple tutorial and decorate Easter cupcakes like a pro! Birds nest cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate this holiday.
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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
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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