Not even one week left until Easter and I must admit, I haven’t had the chance to decorate yet. But I finally have a few days off. Time to clean up and decorate and to prepare for one of my personal highlights of the year: our annual Easter brunch. It’s something that – although it is so much work – I am looking forward to every year. The preparations usually take about three days minimum and at the end I am awfully tired, my feet hurt and the kitchen is a mess. Sometimes I fall asleep in my armchair after the brunch. But you know what? It’s worth it. Every time.
So if you are like me and don’t have much time left, if you find yourself wondering what to make for your Easter brunch or afternoon tea: fret not! I have some last minute Easter nest cupcakes for you that will be quick and easy to make – and nobody will notice that you had to make them in a hurry. They are delicious and easily customizable and you can use what you find at the store or what you have at home. And they look festive and cute.
The ingredients are easy to get and you can choose whatever cupcake base and frosting you desire. You have your all-time-favourite cupcake recipe your great-grandmother passed on to you, for instance? Great, use it and turn your kitchen into a flour-dusted mess! That cake mix you still have in the pantry? Nobody will be able to tell the difference anyway! Use that box, mix your batter and scoop it into a 12-cup muffin tray to bake it. You don’t want to bake, at all? You don’t have to! Just buy some sweet mini muffins and use them instead. Chocolate, vanilla or raspberry-pistachio-truffle-champagne? You decide! Go nuts! Use whatever you crave and what you can get. For the frosting you should either choose a chocolate buttercream, a chocolate frosting or a smooth, stable frosting that you can dye with brown food colouring.
See? It’s that easy!
The only thing you might want to order or buy asap – if you don’t have it already – is a grass/fur piping tip. (I am not getting paid for this link.) A freezer bag with a tiny hole cut into it will do the job as well, but it will take forever to form a nest like that.
So, since we have already stated that we don’t have much time left, we’ll dive right into it.
last minute Easter nest cupcakes
- 12 cupcakes of your choice without frosting (either homemade or storebought)
- 2 1/2 cups chocolate frosting or chocolate buttercream (again either homemade or storebought)
- 36 mini eggs or candy eggs of your choice
- sugar or candy flowers (optional)
- a piping tip for grass and fur
- a piping bag
Insert the piping tip into the piping bag and fill it with your favourite frosting. Pipe a circle of frosting or buttercream on top of your cupcake, then another circle directly on top of your first and repeat this step until you’ve build up a small nest-like cup. And the best part: you don’t have to be all too accurate. Because the little twigs of a bird’s nest most certainly aren’t arranged in a perfect circle.
Now fill your little nests with three mini eggs each and decorate with sugar flowers if you want to.
Didn’t see that coming, did you? I told you it would be simple and quick. You might even have the time now to try the recipe for my braided pesto bread with all that time you saved.
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