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Bird Nest Cupcakes

Dish Size:
Muffin pan
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March 13, 2013
Tara’s Tidbits®

These cupcakes look so cute served on a Square Polka Dot Lid-It®. And with two different flavors of birds’ nests, guests get to choose their favorite!

I love holiday dessert decorating ideas that are both easy and adorable, and these Bird Nest Cupcakes definitely live up to those standards! They'll delight family and friends, putting smiles on their faces and treats in their tummies. - Tara

 

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1 box vanilla or yellow butter cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and Eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 can vanilla frosting

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Nests:

  • 1 (12-ounce) bag of chow mein noodles
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag peanut butter chips
  • Cadbury mini eggs, Whoppers mini robin eggs or jelly beans

Coconut Nests:

  • 1 (14-ounce) bag flaked coconut
  • food coloring
  • Cadbury mini eggs, Whoppers mini robin eggs or jelly beans

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper cupcake liners in two temp-tations® 6-cup muffin pans.
  2. Make cupcakes according to package directions. (Makes two batches, or 24 cupcakes.) Top each cupcake with frosting.
  3. To make chocolate & peanut butter nests, measure out equal parts chow mein noodles to chocolate/peanut butter chips. Melt chips in a temp-tations® bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stir till smooth, and add chow mein noodles. Mix to combine. Drop small mounds of mixture on a parchment-lined cookie sheet or Lid-It®, gently press 3 mini candy eggs into center of each, and let harden (or refrigerate). Gently press hardened nests onto frosted cupcakes.
  4. To make coconut nests, add 1 cup flaked coconut to a small ziploc bag. Add 1-2 drops of your choice of food coloring, close the bag and gently toss the coconut mixture until desired color is reached. (Repeat process with more coconut, different food coloring options and ziploc bags to create more colors.) Gently mound coconut on top of frosted cupcakes, and add 3 mini candy eggs in middle of each.
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