Here’s a super-easy Easter treat you can make, and the kids can help out with this, too! These Easy Egg Nest Cupcakes are so, so easy to make because you use cake mix for the cupcakes and a ready-made container of frosting. They’re decorated with either chocolate frosting with chocolate sprinkles, or vanilla frosting with green-tinted sweetened coconut flakes. The sprinkles and the tinted coconut flakes give the cupcake tops a nest-like appearance. And they’re topped with your choice of mini robin eggs, speckled mini chocolate eggs, or speckled jelly beans.
I took the photo above of the cupcakes with some cute little plush toys for Mary & Martha Home, showing the cupcakes on the new Simply Elegant Dessert Pedestal. This serving piece has a ceramic top that says, “Made with love…served with joy!” and it also has a beautiful acacia wood pedestal that twists off for easy storage. The plush are also from Mary&Martha: a cuddly, sweet elephant, bunny, and giraffe!
If you prefer using homemade cupcakes and homemade frosting, go ahead and use your favorite recipe for chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and frosting—you can still use the easy directions below for decorating them!
Easy Egg Nest Cupcakes
EASY EGG NEST CUPCAKES
Makes 24 cupcakes
- 1 (15.25-ounce) box of your favorite yellow or chocolate cake mix
- 1 (16-ounce) container ready-made vanilla or chocolate frosting
- 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, tinted with green food coloring OR 1 (7-ounce) container chocolate sprinkles
- 1 (10 to 13-ounce) package of any of the following: speckled mini robin eggs, speckled mini chocolate eggs, or specked jelly bean eggs
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line two muffin pans with 24 paper liners; set aside.
Mix cake mix according to package directions and spoon batter into the lined muffin pans. Bake as directed. Let cupcakes cool completely after baking.
When cooled, generously frost cupcakes with about 1 Tablespoon of frosting per cupcake. Spread the frosting a little thicker in the center top of each cupcake (this will allow the candy eggs to sink into the frosting a little and stay in place).
Place the tinted green coconut flakes OR chocolate sprinkles in a shallow small bowl or container. Dip the tops of all the frosted cupcakes into either the coconut flakes or the chocolate sprinkles, then top the center of each cupcake with 3 speckled candy eggs, pushing them slightly into the frosting to help hold their place.
Serve and enjoy!
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com