Bird Nest Cupcakes with Robin Eggs
Last year there were several birds that built nests on the porches around camp. I spent time looking at them and waiting for the cute little birds to hatch. Once they did, those baby birds were absolutely adorable! I know that we have all seen bird nest cupcakes and after watching those eggs day after day, I decided to make some. I will admit, the chocolate eggs are pretty simple once you figure out how to make them, but keep in mind, you can always buy cute little eggs at the store to make this project easier.
If you decide to make them yourself, you have different choices to make about the size and color. The good thing is candy melts are almost everywhere. You can find them local craft stores or Wal-Mart in almost any color you can imagine. I love the turquoise and the yellow but the green and pink were too cute to pass up.
Supplies for Bird Nest Cupcakes with Robin Eggs:
Brown for the Nest
Candy Melts in the color of your choice
Decorating tip #89 for the nest
Large Round Cupcake Decorating Tip
Medium Easter Egg Chocolate Mold-This is the size of the eggs on the cupcakes.
Paint brush to spatter the food gel color onto the eggs
Brown food gel a small bowl diluted with water
To make these cupcakes you need to make the eggs first. Once you pipe the frosting onto the bird nest cupcakes, you will need to add the eggs before the buttercream ‘crusts’ which means before the top layer dries. If not, your frosting will have a cracked look.
- Pick out your candy melt colors and melt them according to the directions on the package.
- I found it best to work with one color at a time. If you work more than one color, the candy melts might become to firm too work with and you will spend time running back and forth to the microwave.
- Once the candy melts are melted, fill the egg tray about half way full and move it around to spread an even layer of the candy melts inside the egg.
- Pour the excess back into the bowl.
- Place the eggs into the freezer for about 10 minutes to help the chocolate get firm.
- Repeat this process three times to make the side of the eggs tick so they will be easier to assemble. If they are thin, the eggs might break and they will be harder to stick together.
- Use a tool like a bench scraper to remove the excess candy from the tray and to give the eggs a smooth edge.
Also, when making these, it is easier if you make one color at a time. Mixing the colors like in the tray above seems to complicate things when you are trying to keep the colors separate and clean. I ended up with blue in the yellow and pink in the green. Trust me. Save yourself some trouble and make one color at a time.
- If you want to add a filling to the eggs, do it before you assemble them. You can use peanut butter filling, caramel or anything your heart desires.
- When your ready to assemble them, add a little melted candy melt on one half of an egg while the egg is still in the tray. It will help make a nice neat edge.
- Quickly place the other half of the egg on top. Be sure to use enough chocolate to seal the edge all the way around the egg.
- Let it sit for a few minutes and then remove it from the tray.
- Use a sharp knife to trim the edge.
- Once the edges are trimmed, use your finger to smooth out the chocolate.
- Get ready to speckle them!
Now for the fun part. It is time to add some freckles to the naked eggs.
- Mix a small amount of water to a drop of brown food gel color in a small bowl.
- Then use a brush, to splatter the brown dots onto the eggs.
- This is a messy process but it is really fun. If I am going to make a huge mess splattering food gel colors, I do it in the sink for easy clean up.
- Place the eggs on a clean plate and place it in sink.
- Dip the brush into the thinned food gel colors and tap it on the side of the bowl. The brown droplets will fall all over the eggs and anything else within a mile of them.
- Keep dipping and tapping until the eggs are speckles or freckled.
- Place them on a clean plate and let them dry completely.
- Rinse the sink out and be happy you didn’t do this step on your kitchen table!
- Bake the cupcakes and make the frosting.
- Use the large round tip to pipe on the white frosting.
- Then, make the nest with the brown frosting and the #89 tip by piping in a circular motion. add a little frosting to the bottom of the nest and then build up the sides of the nest.
- Continue until you have made a good sized nest.
- Place the egg in the center of the nest.
- Repeat for the rest of the cupcakes.
Look at all those colorful eggs!
How to Make Bird Nest Cupcakes with Robin Eggs Video
I hope you are ready for Easter. I know it’s tradition to look for egg so I am going to do just that. After we eat these bird nest cupcakes we are going to look for more bird nest with eggs so we can see the cute little baby birds this spring. I hope you find a few bird nests too!