Homemade Coconut Birds Nest Cupcakes Recipe

Homemade Coconut Birds Nest Cupcakes Recipe


Our extended family typically has a gathering right around Easter. We all bring yummy foods and the desserts are usually the highlight. I used to spend days making a fancy cake, but recently decided that these cupcakes were just as cute… and they were much easier to make as well!

If you are avoiding boxed cakes mixes because of the crap they add to the mix, this homemade recipe is one you will want to try. If you are of the organic variety, just replace the “regular” ingredients with organic.

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Homemade Coconut Birds Nest Cupcakes Recipe
Serves: 12
  • 2¾ Cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cups White Sugar
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • Decorating Ingredients:
  • 1 Tub White Cupcake Frosting (vanilla or cream cheese)
  • 1½ Cups Coconut Flakes
  • Green Food Coloring
  • 1 Small Bag of Whopper Eggs (or any other candy egg)
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. With an electric mixer (or hand mixer) beat the butter on high for 2 minutes. Slowly add the sugar and beat until fluffy (approx. 5 minutes).
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time until fully combined.
  5. Add the vanilla.
  6. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the wet mixture and combine.
  7. Add ⅓ of the milk and combine.
  8. Repeat the above 2 steps until all the flour and milk have been incorporated. Beat until smooth.
  9. Transfer the batter to individual cupcake tins and bake for 17-20 minutes.
  10. Let the cupcakes cool completely.
  11. Make the “grass” by combining 3 cups of coconut flakes with 12-15 drops of green food coloring. Add more drops if you want darker grass.
  12. Using your favorite store bought frosting (or homemade recipe), apply a small amount of frosting to the top of each cupcake. You want it relatively flat vs. heaping on a mound of frosting.
  13. Using your fingers, grab about 2 tablespoons of the coconut flakes and place it on top of the frosted cupcake.
  14. Top each cupcake with 2-3 whopper eggs.






  1. Cynthia R says

    omg that is so freaking clever using the coconut flakes to look like a bird’s nest, I absolutely love it!

  2. These are just too adorably festive and I love coconut so that’s a real added treat!

  3. Jo-Ann Brightman says

    THis is a delicious recipe and I can see why your family would want it s much a s a whole cake. This way each person has his own cake!

  4. Amy Orvin says

    Oh my goodness! These cupcakes are so cute. I love them!!

  5. Jennifer Dysart says

    That is sooo cute! We love coconut. These remind me of the birthday cakes my mom used to make me when my birthday fell on easter

  6. Sandy Cain says

    These are just adorable and sound SO good. I love coconut! I saw a somewhat similar recipe somewhere else, where they said to use “edible grass” – which I haven’t been able to find. But you are some kind of genius, using coconut flakes and food coloring. I’m sticking with yours. Pinned and planned, I can’t wait!!

  7. Shelley says

    These cupcakes are so adorable! The perfect treat for Easter 🙂

  8. Elena says

    Looks so cute! Thank you for the recipe!

  9. Cheryl W. says

    These remind me of cute little green birds nest we use to make when I was a kid in kindergarten. Genius to put them on top of a cupcake. Yummy!

  10. Shannon says

    These are just too cute for words. Thank you for sharing this cute recipe with us all.

  11. Rosie says

    cute and fun for spring (looking forward to it!) and Easter – I love coconut and it is an easy way to decorate!!!

  12. Juliana says

    This looks like a great Easter treat.

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