Spring has officially sprung! Well, according to the calendar anyway! Whether it feels like spring or not, we’re taking the opportunity to enjoy the season with these adorable bird’s nest cupcakes! These are a perfect Easter treat as well! We had so much fun making these cupcakes over the weekend and I’m happy to pass the fun along to you guys!
I’ve decided to share this recipe as part of my Kids in the Kitchen series for a couple of reasons. For one, baking is pretty easy for kids to help with, and two, these particular cupcakes are fun for kids to decorate as well! Usually my kids don’t get to help a whole lot with the decorating process, aside from adding sprinkles anyway. They had so much fun transforming the cupcakes into cute little bird nests!
We started out making my yellow cupcake recipe.
I’ve started letting my five year old measure out some of the ingredients and she is really enjoying the added responsibility!
Melt your butter first so it has time to cool while you do everything else. Mix up all the dry ingredients and then add everything else! My kids are PROS at egg cracking now, and it’s definitely they’re favorite part.
Now the kids mixed it all up! You can use a stand mixer, but as far as my kids are concerned it’s just more fun to do it by hand! Since cupcake batter is easy to mix, I actually prefer to do it by hand as well.
Now divide them in to your cupcake papers, and remember not to fill them more than 2/3 full so they don’t expand over the edges! We used more decorative cupcake liners that we found in the baking section at Wal-Mart, but the plane ones will do just fine!
While your cupcakes are cooling make your frosting. Two sticks of butter, a pinch of salt, two teaspoons vanilla and 3 cups of powdered sugar! Mix it up until there are no lumps and then some mix it up some more!
Now the fun part! Transforming your cupcakes into cute little bird nests! Prepare a piping bag with an open star frosting tip, then spoon in the frosting. Make a circle starting in the middle of your cupcake working to the edge. I’ve included a video below to help you out! Make sure to keep steady pressure on the bag so your frosting comes out even.
For the nests we used “candy shred.” You can find it in the baking section of Wal-Mart and most craft stores. I also melted some chocolate candy melts and drizzled it on to some parchment paper to make the twigs.
I gave each of my kids a bit of the candy shred and let them go at it! Instructing them to mostly keep it in the middle. Then we broke up some of the chocolate and put it on as twigs. Finally adding candy eggs in the middle!