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Two Super Easy, Super Cute Cupcakes for Easter

Today I made two sets of simple spring cupcakes.   For both, I started with my Way-Better-than-Cake-Mix Chocolate Cupcakes. 

Bird's Nest Cupcakes

Start by toasting some plain shredded coconut.  Spread the coconut out on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for about 5 minutes or until the coconut is your desired shade of toasty!

The cooking time will depend on the size of the coconut shreds, so keep an eye on it.  It can go from toasted to burnt in less time than you can say "Hey, stop hitting your sister with that Batmobile..."

Give your cupcake a thin layer of white icing.  No need to make it pretty, it's just going to get smothered with coconut.

Using a Wilton 4B Decorating Tip or something similar, pipe a couple spirals around the top of the cupcake.  Again, don't worry about pretty, it's about to get smooshed.

Use your hands to gently push the toasted coconut into your icing.  You'll want to apply the coconut immediately after icing the cupcake because if the icing begins to crust over the coconut will not stick as well.

Finally, add some little candy eggs.

Grassy Knoll Cupcakes

Start by tinting some un-toasted shredded coconut green.  To do this place some shredded coconut in a bowl, and dip a fork in some green icing colouring.

Stir the coconut with that fork, adding a splash of water to help the colour spread evenly.

Ice a cupcake with a thin layer of green icing and then roll the cupcake in your coloured coconut.

Press three small candy eggs into the icing.  The eggs will stick best if you dip them in the green icing first.


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  1. Very cute! I did something similar with my Easter cupcakes this year. How good are Cadbury birds eggs?!

  2. Very adorable, and they look delicious! I made a similar looking one a couple years ago, but with mini cheesecakes. I love those eggs!

  3. OMG!!!! it iss looks so easy!!! thanx

  4. I love the nest cupcakes! I wonder if there are little flower shaped candies that would work to go give the grassy knoll cupcakes a little twist? Very creative, thanks for sharing!

  5. I am totally going to try this - they are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  6. They look great. I have been looking for some great cake ideas for easter so thank you.

    X x

  7. These are SO cute, and don't seem too complicated...thanks for the great idea!!

  8. OMG how super cute and easy! lol. These are great ideas that look pretty simple to execute. Thanks!

  9. Cute! I tried your cupcake recipe and it is super-delicious, a keeper for sure. Thanks and Happy Easter!

  10. I absolutely love the birds' nest cupcakes. Kids would love those!

  11. I wonder if you could use a toasted meringue as well? Any thoughts??

    Happy Easter!!

  12. Oh, these are adorable! I think I like the cupcake bird's nest better than my old standbys that I used for preschoolers.

    I had two recipes. One was the Rice Krispie Treat recipe. After mixing, put mixture into a greased muffin tin. Use a glass or jar to make an indention in the center. Let stand. Add Robin's Egg Candy. Wrap in cellophane and tie with a bow. (Sometimes, I added a marshmallow chick on the eggs for color.)

    I also mixed Chinese noodles with melted caramel or butterscotch. Form nest in muffin tin. Add Robin's Egg candies.

    Both recipes also work as a manger for Baby Jesus.


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