Angel Food Bird Nest Cupcakes

Angel Food Bird Nest Cupcakes – a fun bird nest cupcake using angel food cake and toasted coconut!

Angel Food Bird Nest Cupcakes - a fun bird nest cupcake using angel food cake and toasted coconut!It’s pretty common that bird nest desserts call for some sort of candy to stand in as the eggs. The most egg shaped candy tends to be peanut m&ms, so I set off to find some pastel colored m&ms.

I didn’t plan this very well, but I set out to make these cupcakes right before easter candy was hitting the stores, so naturally I had a hard time finding pastel m&ms. I went to one store to pick up the supplies I needed, and after walking up and down the candy aisle looking for pastel m&ms, I decided to buy the regular peanut m&ms because I thought leaving the store with something was better than nothing.

I got home, opened the bag, looked inside and thought these colors are not going to work. In my mind, I was thinking that I couldn’t put red, green, and orange m&ms on top of my cupcakes, it was going to look silly and not spring like at all.

Angel Food Bird Nest Cupcakes - a fun bird nest cupcake using angel food cake and toasted coconut!So I decided to hunt down pastel m&ms. I did what I always do when I can’t find something in a store near me, I went to Amazon :)

Although I desperately needed pastel m&ms, I was not willing to pay $20 for a pack of 6 bags. So I decided to see if another store had them later in the week. I went, I searched, and I left empty handed.

I felt like a crazy woman driving around town looking for pastel m&ms.. which this happens to me somewhat frequently, like the one time I went to 5 different stores looking for lemongrass. I ended up finding the lemongrass at an Asian grocery store, I guess I just needed to go to the right place.

Angel Food Bird Nest Cupcakes - a fun bird nest cupcake using angel food cake and toasted coconut!Angel Food Bird Nest Cupcakes - a fun bird nest cupcake using angel food cake and toasted coconut!Angel Food Bird Nest Cupcakes - a fun bird nest cupcake using angel food cake and toasted coconut!As I was feeling like a crazy woman, my mind went from thinking about the lemongrass, to the asian store, to… Walmart. I don’t know why, but Walmart always seems to put their holiday candy out super early. They tend to be the store who has back to school supplies displayed in July, which puts a damper on your whole day, and leaves you saying “WHYYYY!!!”

So I went to Walmart and found a whole aisle of Easter candy. Wheew, sigh of relief.

But then I couldn’t choose between the pastel peanut m&ms and the speckled peanut butter m&ms, so I got both and now I have 3 bags of m&ms at my house. I am currently hiding the leftovers in the laundry room, out of sight out of mind, right? The Jelly Belly jelly beans are also there :)

Angel Food Bird Nest Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 box angel food cake mix
  • 1 container cool whip
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup toasted coconut
  • pastel colored egg shaped candies

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven as directed on the box.
  2. Prepare the angel food cake mix as directed on the box.
  3. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners. Fill each cup no more than 1/2 full. Angel food cake puffs up a lot when baking, and you don’t want your cupcakes to overflow. I would aim for 1/3 to less than 1/2 full.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes are cracky and light brown.
  5. Place the shredded coconut on a baking sheet. Place the coconut in the oven and turn it into broil. The coconut will only take a few minutes to toast. I like to stir my coconut as it’s toasting, to make sure it’s even.
  6. Once the coconut is toasted, remove it from the oven and let it cool.
  7. To assemble the cupcakes: Put the cooled coconut into a bowl. Doing one cupcake at a time, place a dollop of cool whip on the top of each cupcake. Turn the cupcake upside down and gently place it into the bowl with the coconut, allowing the cool whip to be covered by the coconut. Place the cupcake right side up and add three pastel colored candies.

Angel Food Bird Nest Cupcakes - a fun bird nest cupcake using angel food cake and toasted coconut!

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25 comments

  1. The lengths us food bloggers will go to get the perfect picture! Haha! These cupcakes look seriously adorable and I love how easy they are!

  2. These are so cute! I tried making homemade angel food cake in a springform pan and failed miserably. I guess they are right when they say you need a specific pan. Next time I going with the store-bought method and making these cupcakes!

  3. These are so freakin adorable!!!

  4. Haha, that reminds me of when I was looking on Amazon for cinnamon chips. Because I’m in Canada, it was $50 for TWO bags, and that didn’t include shipping! Mind you, shipping is free over $25. Lol. These are super cute! Pinning!

  5. No one does cuter recipes than you!! LOVE these!

  6. I always go to Amazon for those hard-to-find items too, but its so hard to get them at a reasonable price and not in bulk! I LOVE these cupcakes. I’ve never tried to make angel food cake cupcakes. What a great idea! I was SHOCKED how good homemade angel food cake is. I thought I didn’t like it because before last year I’d only ever tasted the store-bought version.

  7. Ohhh…that is one of the hardest things about being a food blogger! I did the same thing when I needed candy canes. Your cupcakes are adorable.

  8. I’m glad you found the right M&Ms! They are perfect for these super adorable cupcakes! Love them Beth!

  9. Well these are just about the cutest thing ever! I feel like I’m always saying that to you, but your desserts are SO cute!

  10. These are so cute! What a creative idea, love this :)

  11. It sounds like you hit the jackpot with the Easter candy. These look absolutely adorable and so festive!

  12. Such a fun, cute, and easy to make cupcake for Easter! Kids would go crazy for these!

  13. Cute idea! I was thinking of coloring the coconut green and putting the “easter eggs” in “grass”! Maybe with a Peep in the center (would work well with standard or Jumbo cupcakes). Could use mini cupcakes without the Peeps! What do you think?

    PS – I love the swimming Peeps with the blue jello! I may have to do that this Easter! :)

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