Baby Bluebird Cupcakes

I have lots of other things waiting to be posted but I just HAD to move these to the the front of the queue – and you see why.  They are SO CUTE!  They needed to be shared immediately 🙂  I saw a few variations on cupcakes like these last spring, but never got around to making them.  I’ve been waiting all year for another chance!  This week Ben needed something sweet to take in to school so it worked out perfectly.  I heard they were quite a hit!  

I had really good intentions of doing a step-by-step photo post as I made these, but I wasn’t feeling well and ended up becoming so engrossed in the detail work that I forgot to take pictures.  Sorry!  I’m sure you can pretty much imagine how to assemble them just from looking at the picture.  Originally I had planned to do half of the nests with just mini egg candies and the other half with birds, but then I decided that the eggs I bought were not even half as cute as the birds so I went all the way with those.  These are the perfect treat for springtime and would also be welcome as part of any Easter spread.  Next time I’ll be sure to make a double batch.  They were too cute to only have 12!  Happy spring!

Baby Bluebird Cupcakes
Supplies:
1 batch cupcakes (any flavor – I used vanilla)
Shredded coconut
Pastry bags (large round and small “V” tips)
Chocolate frosting (I used Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Frosting – 3/4 batch)
Vanilla frosting (I used leftover canned frosting from another project)
Blue and yellow icing color
Chocolate (I used a few leftover chocolate chips)

Directions:
Level cupcakes if necessary with a small paring knife.  Toast the shredded coconut and let cool completely before proceeding.  (I like to toast coconut in a non-stick skillet, as it is much easier to control the browning and less likely to burn than when using the oven.)  Transfer to a bowl.

Using a pastry bag, pipe a ring or two of chocolate frosting around the outside edge of each cupcake to form the foundation of the nest (the tip you use doesn’t really matter since it will be covered with coconut anyway).  Sprinkle a large amount of the toasted coconut over each cupcake, gently pressing it into the chocolate frosting.  Shake off the excess.  

Color some of the vanilla frosting light blue.  Using a pastry bag fitted with a wide round tip, pipe three mounds of frosting into the center of each nest to make the birds’ bodies.  (If there is a little peak on the top of your mounds, just wait a few minutes until the icing begins to set and then gently smooth it down with a toothpick or your finger.)  Color the remaining vanilla frosting yellow, and using a pastry bag fitted with a small “V” tip, pipe a beak onto each bird.  Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, in 20-30 second intervals until completely melted.  Dip a toothpick in the chocolate and dot eyes onto each bird.

Source: inspiration from Martha Stewart

33 Responses

  1. (almost) Too adorable to eat!! 😀

  2. Those are too stinkin’ cute!

  3. You are just so talented. I am constantly in awe. Where do you find the time?

  4. These cupcakes are too cute! I think they’d be too cute to eat 🙂

  5. They are so cute and perfect for this time of year!

  6. I’m DYING. Those are so cute!

  7. adorable. great job!

  8. Those are super cute!

  9. Those look so cute! Fantastic job!
    ~ingrid

  10. Those are just adorable! I will have to make these for easter 🙂

  11. Oh my gosh, these are the cutest darn cupcakes I’ve ever seen. Great job!
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

  12. Super cute!! Love them.

  13. Those little birds are the cutest things EVER! These cupcakes are so adorable!

  14. I saw these on the Martha Stewart website and I’m going to have a go at making them too. Yours are so cute!

  15. How cute! So delicate and sweet! Those cupcakes are a gift!

  16. haha, wow i really like those, they look awesome

  17. are you kidding?! those are really awesome!!

  18. Those are too cute! I think I’ll have to make them.

  19. LOVE these! So adorable, great post!

  20. Adorable! They look like they’re from a bakery!

  21. These are so cute!! Perfect for spring and Easter! 🙂

  22. Oh my goodness, these are the cutest things!

  23. Oh, these are sooo adorable! So very cute!

  24. Those are SOO cute!

  25. Cute! I posted a link on my edible crafts column at craftgossip.com…hope you’ll get even MORE clicks! (your post is at ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com, I saw these on tastespotting and foodgawker)

  26. So stinkin cute! I wouldn’t be able to eat them!

  27. They look like “little” Twitter Cakes!

  28. Very sweet!

  29. WHOA!!! these are SO adorable, I will have to preserve them and keep them like that forever!

  30. These are precious! I need an event where I can take them so I can make them! There just that cute! 🙂

  31. These are just darling. Great job!

  32. So cute, I just love them! I’ll be linking.

  33. Simply adorable!

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