Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Cupcakes

I made these cute little baby bird cupcakes on Easter, but you could use them for any kind of spring occasion or maybe a baby shower... They are not very difficult and they look so adorable! Try them out!

Baby Bird Cupcakes
prepared cupcakes (any flavor you like)
toasted coconut
buttercream frosting in light blue, yellow, black, and brown

First toast the coconut by placing it on a baking sheet that's been covered in foil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes. Check it often because it browns very quickly. The toasted coconut is the perfect color for the bird nests.

For the buttercream frosting, cream together 1/2 cup softened butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 tablespoon water. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Divide the frosting and prepare each color. I used Americolor and Wilton gel food colors.

Using a large tip, pipe a ring around each cupcake with brown frosting.

Sprinkle the toasted coconut onto the frosting. Pressing gently to be sure the coconut sticks.

Using a medium round tip on your piping bag, pipe small light blue mounds into the middle of the coconut "nest" you just made.

Use a small leaf tip to create the beak with yellow frosting.

Add tiny black eyes to each baby bird. I used Wilton's premade black icing tube.

Almost too cute to eat these will be a huge hit with kids and adults. Have fun! Enjoy!

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