Sunday, March 9, 2014

{Recipe} Bird's Nest Cupcakes

This post is sponsored by HERSHEY's and Global Influence. Thank you for supporting our family and blog by enjoying these cupcakes!
Can you smell that? Spring is in the air!

Winter is always rough at our house. Lots of illnesses and this mommy isn't particularly a fan of snow. So when spring starts to hint that it's on the way, I get excited!

I always feel like once we reach Easter, we have officially left winter far behind.

Back in October, HERSHEY'S asked if I would create something with their candy for Halloween. Last month, they came back and asked if I would create something else to celebrate Easter and the coming spring. 
I decided to make a bird's nest nestled in grass on a cupcake. I think the bird's nest perfectly represents spring and what Easter means. As a Christian, Easter is an important day for me because it is the day that Jesus gave His life, so that I could be saved and have a new life through Him. The eggs represent new life that we celebrate on Easter.

Hopefully, you follow the logic behind my Easter/Spring Bird's Nest Cupcakes!
And they aren't hard to make either! Ready for some step-by-step instructions? (Side Note: Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for a chance to win a HERSHEY'S Easter Prize Pack full of candy for your family!)

First of all, mix up a batch of your favorite cupcakes. I went with a lemon cupcake because I love citrus flavored goods in the spring/summer. But you can also just grab a box mix from the store if that's more your speed. No judgement here!

While those are baking, we are going to start working on our bird's nests.

In a heat-proof bowl, microwave the HERSHEY'S Chocolate Chips, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

Take a spoon, and drop about 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate on wax paper.

Working quickly, use the tip of the spoon to create a well in the middle of the chocolate. Don't worry about making sure there is chocolate on the bottom of your nest. The important part is making sure the chocolate builds up a bit on the sides.
Once your nests are made, slide your tray into the refrigerator to set.

Now, get your grass icing tip. I used a Wilton #233 tip for my cupcakes. Place your green icing in a decorator's bag and attach the tip to it.

This is all you need to make a grassy cupcake.

Start by pressing and releasing your decorator's bag to pipe a fringe of icing around the edge of your cupcake. Perfection isn't necessary. Just pipe away and have fun with it. If you notice a bare spot, just pipe right over it with more grass.

Move in towards the center and pipe another layer of icing all the way around.

And now, just pipe a few more blades of grass to cover the middle.

Your bird's nest should be set by now. Place a nest on top of your cupcake. The fresh icing will act as a glue to hold your nest in place.

Now add just enough icing to the center of the nest to "glue" your CADBURY Mini Eggs in place. I added three little eggs to center of each nest.

And done! How easy and cute is that?

Bird's Nest Cupcakes
What you will need:
1. Bake your cupcakes.
2. Using a heat-proof bowl, melt the HERSHEY'S chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
3. Drop 2-3 teaspoons of melted chocolate on wax paper. Using a spoon, create a well in the middle of each chocolate dollop. Place the completed bird's nests in the refrigerator to set.
4. Using the grass tip, pipe grass in layers around each cupcake. Start from the outside edge and work your way toward the center.
5. Place a set chocolate bird's nest in the middle of each cupcake.
6. Add a small amount of icing to the center of the bird's nest to act like "glue." Add three CADBURY Mini Eggs in each nest. 
7. Enjoy!

If you need a quick and easy buttercream recipe, just beat two softened sticks of butter on low speed for 30 seconds until fluffy. Add one 2 lb bag of powdered sugar, 1/2 cup of milk, and 4 teaspoons of vanilla to your bowl, and whip until fluffy. Add food coloring until you have the color you want. If it seems a little thick, you can add extra milk in 1 Tbsp increments until you get your desired consistency. This batch make enough to ice 2 dozen cupcakes.

If you need extra Easter dessert inspiration, make sure you check out the Celebrate with Hershey's website!

Oh...and, hey! How would you like a fun HERSHEY'S surprise in the mail? 

HERSHEY'S is sending one of my readers a prize pack full of candy so that you can create your own Easter memories! Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Winning entries will be validated prior to announcing the winner with an alternate drawn if the entries cannot be verified.
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  1. What a great idea for Easter!!! Mama

  2. Those are adorable, I just may try them! I also want to try the recipe from Hersey for the White Chip Apricot Oatmeal cookies, those sounds so good!
    My favorite Easter tradition is our church's large Easter service. For this day we combine all 6 of our services for one huge Easter celebration. Watching almost 2000 people worshipping Christ and celebrating His resurrection brings me so much JOY! Praise God for a reason to celebrate!

  3. Those are adorable! And you make them look easy to make.

  4. My girls love flowers, so I would like to try the Hershey's Flower Pot Bouquet. One of my favorite Easter traditions is making the Resurrection eggs with the kids and talking about each one.

  5. I like the Easter basket cupcakes on the site. My favorite tradition is hunting for Easter eggs.

    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

  6. The presentation looks beautiful great share :)

  7. You always make things look so easy. You are a very talented young lady!

  8. Very cute! I love Hershey's Mini Eggs :)

  9. I love the leftover Easter candy brownies idea, because, BROWNIES!
    My favorite Easter tradition is doing breakfast at church and the music and readings that replace our usual morning service.

  10. Having seen and eaten one of these I can say that they were super cute and delicious!!

  11. those are super cute. I may try and make those for Easter.

  12. Love these - they are super cute! I make similar ones except I use the same #233 tip and pipe brown icing into a stringy brown nest on the top, and pop the eggs in the middle.

  13. I love the Easter Critter Cups Craft it is so adorable! How cute would those little baskets be for little gifts! Our favorite Easter tradition is decorating the eggs the night before Easter. The kids absolutely love it and we always have a bunny themed dinner afterwards. So many laughs and memories

  14. Favorite Black-Eyed Susan Cheesecakes, love to spend it with my family.

  15. Oh, so much yummy food! I think that the chocolate mint dessert looks amazing. We've made something very similar and it was delicious!
    My family never did much for Easter because it was just my mom, my brother and I. But even at 27 years old, she fills a basket with candy and goodies to give to me on Easter and I love that fun reminder of childhood. :)
    Sarah Nelson

  16. I'm going to make the Velvety Chocolate Cream Pie for my Easter Brunch this year. My favorite tradition is coloring Easter Eggs with the little ones.

  17. Silly question: Do they need to be refrigerated afterwards?

  18. Those are soo cute!

  19. I think the coconut marshmallow nests look awesome. We pass around a big wicker basket and everybody gets to choose until thegoods run out.

  20. At our house we love anything with peanut butter, so the creamy double decker fudge recipe is a definite. The peanut butter Easter bonnets also look fun to try for my three daughters. I love cooking dinner for my family on Easter. I always make sure to include my grandmother's cheese souffle recipe because it was something I only ever had at her house when we gathered for Christmas and Easter. Aside from Easter morning services at church, my favorite thing is to color eggs with my children. Their personalities really come out in their decorating styles :)
    Amy H.

  21. my favorite tradition is coloring easter eggs
    and my favorite recipe is chocolate surprise truffles

  22. My favorite tradition is easter eggs hunts
    and my favorite recipe is Chocolate Macaroon Bars

    Amy Orvin

  23. i love to paint eggs and i like the Easter basket cupcakes

  24. My favorite Easter tradition is the Easter egg hunt. I can remember how much fun we had. My favorite recipe is the peanut butter bunnycakes. Not only are they cute, but the kids would have fun making them.

    David Lintz

  25. I would like to try the Peanut Butter Bunnycakes recipe. Our Easter tradition includes going to church, having an Easter egg hunt, dying eggs, getting an Easter basket, and having a family dinner.

  26. A favorite tradition is hunting for Easter Eggs and Baskets...even us adults love it :)
    like the Easter basket cupcakes
    thanks for the giveaway

  27. I'd love to make the Chocolate Almond Macaroon Bars recipe!
    My favorite tradition is dyeing Easter eggs with my children!

  28. easter bunny egg racers

    Fave tradition is hiding the kids easter baskets

  29. I thought the Hershey's Chocolate Easter Bunny Cake was pretty cute and I do love coconut. Although your Bird's Nest Cupcakes are awesome! You make such fun things. My favorite Easter tradition is going to church with my husband. Tracey Neumarke


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