Bird’s Nest Cupcakes

The egg is a perfect symbol for this season. No matter which occasion you’re baking for, this recipe will suit. Easter? Yes! Passover? Totally! A Wiccan Pagan Sumerian Vernal Equinox Orgy and 50/50 raffle ? Most definitely. I don’t know your life and I don’t judge. However you celebrate sunshine, warmth, rebirth, and the earth, I salute you. These cupcakes are super cute, obviously. You can use any little egg candies you like. I chose “Robin’s Egg Whoppers,” which are a most excellent malted milk chocolate. There are plain old chocolate mottled eggs, and I also saw mini jellybeans in pretty pastels – those would be fun as well. Fill up your baskets with weird plastic grass and get out the PAAS tablets, the bendy wire thingy, and 2 dozen large white eggs, it’s time for SPRING!


Bird’s Nest Cupcakes

  • Yield: 24 1x


For the tender white cake:

  • 2 3/4 cups unbleached cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

For the buttercream frosting nests:

  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • Mini candy-coated chocolate eggs


For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour cupcake tins, or line them with paper cups.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine all dry ingredients, 2 minutes on low speed. Add butter, then egg whites, beating thoroughly after each one, then the whole egg, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as you go.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine milk and extracts. Slowly beat this mixture into the batter, 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides. Ladle the batter into prepared cupcake tins and bake, 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

For the buttercream frosting nests:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine confectioner’s sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla; mix on medium speed, about 3 minutes.
  2. In a large, dry saute pan toast shredded coconut until light brown and fragrant. Once the coconut has cooled, coat the frosting and top with mottled eggs.

This post was originally published on March 25, 2013.

Jillian Bedell

Jillian Bedell is a writer and mother living in a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine. She is very good at talking about herself in the third person. She is co-author of Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road.


  1. Save me a couple! We’ll celebrate Easter twice…these are really beautiful, and are no doubt as tasty as they look…

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