Easter family gatherings are on the way! Spring is in the air and so are fun spring recipes. Bird nest cupcakes is one of my favorites.
Start with the cupcake flavor of your choice, bake, and cool completely.
Next, spread sweetened coconut on a baking sheet or baking dish, covering the bottom.
Then add 1/8 tsp of brown food coloring gel and 1/8 tsp moss green food coloring gel. (I use Wilton Icing Color gels- they add rich color without changing the consistency of the recipe.) Using your hand, toss the coconut around, spreading the color onto each flake. It takes several minutes of tossing and rubbing hand fulls of coconut together to incorporate colors.
Once the color is incorporated as evenly as possible, place dish of coconut in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. This will dry out the coconut and slightly toast to make a realistic bird nest look. Cool coconut completely before decorating your cupcakes.
Frost cupcakes with the icing of your choice. Using your hand, apply a large amount of coconut on top of the icing pressing it into the frosting so it will stick. Make sure coconut covers as much of the icing as possible to create a realistic bird nest effect.
Place three candied eggs in the middle of the nest and you have now created a “Bird Nest Cupcake.”
~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release November 2016. When she’s not decorating cakes, Candice is working on a new story. Visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.