It’s never too early to start looking for Easter cupcake recipe ideas! These Easter mini egg nest cupcakes are perfect. They’re cute little bird nest cupcakes and they’re made with Cadbury mini eggs for a colourful result. This Easter dessert is easy to make from scratch and tastes great!
Cupcakes are perfect for an Easter dessert, especially these which boast both vanilla and chocolate flavours. I love making Easter mini egg nest cupcakes and everyone loves eating them!
Bird Nest Cupcakes Ingredients
You’re going to need flour, sugar, butter, milk, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and eggs for the cupcakes. You will also need some crushed mini eggs. I recommend you have more than that to start with, since they’re impossible not to eat while you’re making these!
The buttercream includes butter, icing sugar, milk or cream, vanilla, food colouring, and cocoa powder. Icing sugar is the same thing as powdered sugar and confectioners’ sugar. You can use milk or heavy cream in the buttercream, although if you’re using milk you’ll need slightly less because it’s thinner in consistency. As for the food colouring, if you don’t want to colour the ‘grass’ green you can just omit this ingredient.
How to Make Easter Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes
Although you can always find plenty of Easter dessert ideas at the local bakery, I prefer to make these. You don’t have to be a seasoned baker to create this gorgeous Easter cupcake recipe made with Cadbury mini eggs.
First of all, beat the cake batter ingredients until everything is well mixed. You can then divide the batter between cupcake liners in a cupcake pan and bake them.
Make the buttercream frosting next by beating the butter with the icing sugar, milk, and vanilla. Now add the green food colouring (if using) to half of this mixture and the cocoa powder to the remainder.
Add the green frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes using a piping bag so it looks like grass. Next pipe on the cocoa mixture to resemble a bird nest. Finally add some whole mini eggs on top.
How to Store Easter Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes
Bird nest cupcakes should be fine for a couple of days at room temperature. You can freeze the cupcakes before frosting them if you like but they won’t look so pretty after thawing if you frost them first.
More about Mini Eggs
These Easter mini egg nest cupcakes are made with Cadbury mini eggs. These not only add colour and an Easter theme but they also pair the delicate crunch of the shell coating with the smooth chocolate inside.
Mini eggs were first launched in 1967 and they’re a popular addition to Easter cupcakes. They also make a satisfying sweet snack by themselves. You won’t be able to only have one. These chocolaty little treats are hard to resist!
If you want, you can use another brand but I especially love the Cadbury ones. It’s worth a reminder that these little treats are not suitable for kids younger than 4 years old because they can pose a choking hazard. For older kids and us grownups though, this Easter dessert is perfect!
Easter Cupcake Recipe FAQs
Whether you use milk or heavy cream here, the consistency might still need a tweak. If it’s too thin you can mix in more icing sugar. If, on the other hand, the frosting is too thick to pipe though, simply add in more milk or cream, a little at a time until it’s right.
The green food colouring is an optional ingredient since not everyone will want to include it. If you don’t want to, simply leave it out of the recipe and the cupcakes will still be cute. If you do want to use it, choose from liquid or gel food colouring.
The gel kind gives a more vibrant result and you need less than you would with the conventional liquid kind. Only add a little at a time until the shade of green is as you want.
Easter Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes Recipe
Easy Easter Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or place cupcake liners in cupcake pan.
- With an electric mixer, beat all cake ingredients on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl as needed. Beat on medium for 1 minute, until fully combined.
- Fill cupcake tin to 3/4 full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean in centre of the cupcake.
- Allow cupcakes to cool completely before decorating.
- While waiting for cupcakes to cool, prepare icing by mixing together all ingredients except cocoa and green food coloring. Once desired consistency is reached, divide icing into two medium bowls. In one bowl mix in food coloring. In the second bowl mix in cocoa.
- Add icing to piping bags fitted with tip of choice. Decorate cupcakes by having green at the base as your “grass”. Swirl chocolate icing on top as the “nest.” Add 3 or 4 mini eggs to the top. Do this with all cupcakes.
- Cupcakes freeze well before icing
- If icing is too thick while mixing, add more milk. If too thin, add more icing sugar.
- You can use brown icing as the nest without grass if preferred.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
You will love how easy Easter mini egg nest cupcakes are to make and of course how delicious they taste. A great Easter cupcake recipe is always worth having and this is an Easter dessert you’ll want to make every year.