Bird’s Nest Cupcakes

These cupcakes are enticingly delicious. The frosting flavour is not an overbearing chocolate flavour so they compliment the vanilla cupcake and toasted coconut perfectly.

Birds Nest Cupcakes

Bird’s Nest Cupcakes

Ingredients

    VANILLA CUPCAKES
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened and diced into pieces
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • Yellow and red food coloring gel
  • DECORATION
  • 1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 36 blue chocolate Mini Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips

Instructions

    VANILLA CUPCAKES
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Add in butter, egg, egg yolks, vanilla and sour cream then beat ingredients together with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds until mixture is smooth (don't over-mix, if necessary, using a rubber spatula stir the batter until the flour is fully incorporated after the allotted 30 seconds).
  3. Divide mixture evenly between 12 paper lined muffin cups (they should each be about 2/3 full). Bake cupcakes for 20 - 25 minutes, until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  4. CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
  5. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together powdered sugar, butter, cream and vanilla for 1 minute until very smooth and fluffy.
  6. Scoop out 2 1/2 tablespoons of the frosting (without cocoa powder) into a small bowl and tint it with yellow and red gel food coloring (you won't need much and a tiny bit of red goes a long way so take it easy with the coloring).
  7. Add cocoa powder to remaining non-tinted frosting mixture and using electric mixer, whip until well combine.
  8. Toast coconut by preheating oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut onto a cookie sheet and bake in preheat oven for 8-9 minutes until golden brown, rotating pan halfway through baking and watching closely to prevent over toasting. Allow to cool.
  9. Prepare Chocolate Buttercream Frosting as well as the orange tinted frosting for beaks according to directions listed. Frost cooled cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
  10. Gently press 3 blue Mini Eggs into the center of each cupcake with the pointed end facing down (larger rounded side should be facing top). Sprinkle toasted coconut around the Mini Eggs on each cupcake (try to work quickly doing this before the frosting sets up so the coconut sticks better).
  11. Fill a ziploc bag with orange tinted frosting, then using scissors, cut a very small tip off the edge of the bag and pipe beaks onto Mini Eggs (you can practice first on a plate, in the recipe I made it so there's enough for practicing. Also, you can use a toothpick as a "paintbrush" for mistakes).
  12. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Using a toothpick, paint eyes onto the chicks with melted chocolate.

Notes

It's likely will need to purchase two 10 oz. bags of the Mini Cadbury Eggs if you want to do all blue chicks, otherwise if you only want to purchase one bag you could do half blue and half pink for the girls (or yellow or white). I had enough blue from one 10 oz. bag to make 7 cupcakes with blue chicks.

For step-by-step instructions for this recipe and more, visit Cooking Classy.

http://www.localparent.ca/local_parent/food/baking/birds-nest-cupcakes/

Author: Cooking Classy

Recipe and photo courtesy Cooking Classy.

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