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April 21, 2011

Easter Egg Nest Cupcakes

I found this recipe on the William's Sonoma website as I was scanning recipes online for Easter.  Don't they look good?  I am a coconut lover, so this really caught my eye and is especially cute with the egg candy nestled in the center.

Toasting the coconut that forms the nest adds a natural straw color as well as a pleasant crunch and nutty flavor to these whimsical cupcakes. Easter egg candies come in many different sizes; use as many as will comfortably fit in each nest.


3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sour cream
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature

Vanilla buttercream for frosting cupcakes {see recipe below}

Easter egg candies for decorating


Preheat an oven to 350°F. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and toast until lightly browned, about 8 minutes.

Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, oil and vanilla. In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream mixture in 2 additions, beating until just combined; scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about three-fourths full. Bake until the cupcakes are lightly golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cupcakes to the rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Frost the cupcakes with the buttercream. Top each cupcake with a ring of toasted coconut. Place an Easter egg candy {or candies} in the center of each nest and serve. {The finished cupcakes can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days; bring to room temperature before serving.} Makes 12 cupcakes.

Butter Cream Frosting

6 cups confectioners’ sugar
16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
4 1/2 Tbs. milk, plus more, if needed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
Food colorings (optional)


Have all the ingredients at room temperature.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the confectioners¿ sugar, butter, the 4 1/2 Tbs. milk, the vanilla and salt and beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

If the frosting is dry, add more milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until it is creamy but still holds peaks. Tint with food coloring as desired. Makes about 4 cups.


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Suzie Salmon said...

My mother in law loves coconut and we're headed to her house for Easter dinner. Thanks Nancy, great idea and I'm going to steal it to take to her! Happy Easter to you and your family too.

Sue said...

Yummy, I am a coconut girl too. This looks and sounds delicious.
I apologize for deleting my first comment, I was logged in at my other account. ugh! I have a tendency to forget. lol

Michelle said...

These are so cute and my daughter would love to make these.

City Life to Ranching Wife said...

I'm a coconut lover too! These would be a great addition to Easter baskets!

nanny said...

I love coconut too!!! Those cupcakes are adorable!!

Unknown said...

Can this recipe be used for cakes? I would like to make an 8in circle.

bon bon said...

they sound delicious and look adorable!

Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

@madie_333, I haven't made a cake but I'm sure the 8 inch rounds would work perfectly:) If you end up trying it, let me know how it all works out!

cathy@home said...

I love coconuts as well as cupcakes so its a have try

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Oh these look delicious. I am going to try and make these!

Antique wedding rings said... is looking so delicious and very easy to made...I will surely make this dish in tomorrow morning and would give big surprise to my wife..I am sure she would be very happy