Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter & Bird's Nest Cupcakes

We spent Easter Sunday at my moms. We made a honey ham, green beans, rutabaga & potatoes, squash, collard greens, yams and rolls. I swear I gained 3 pounds over this entire weekend.

Flynn was ready to eat the sweets as soon as we arrived.



John feed me ham as he cut it.



My mom getting the food ready to serve.


The big girls sat at the kiddie table. Natalie was sad because she wanted to sit with them at the adult table. Meg told her, "Natie, I've been in this family for 21 years and I still haven't made it to the adult table. Cracked me up!

It was fun getting to see little Natie & Amaiya in their Easter dresses
Here is a recipe I know your kids will love! If you are a chocolate lover you will really like these!


BIRD'S NEST CUPCAKES
The children LOVED these cupcakes. They were delicious and so much fun to see there faces light up when we showed them.

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temp.
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup self rising flour
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons milk

Icing:
2/3 cup mascarpone (or cream cheese with heavy cream added)
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablesppon unsweetened cocoa powder
chocolate, for shavings
Robin egg candies ( I used whoppers robin eggs)

Makes 12

Preheat oven to 350*

Beat the butter and sugar together until pale & fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Sift in flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and fold in, then stir in milk.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cups and bake for 18 minutes until risen and skewer comes out clean. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

To decorate, put the mascarpone, sugar, and cocoa powder in a bowl and beat together until smooth and creamy. Pop a dollop of frosting on top of each cake.

Arrange the eggs and chocolate shavings on frosting to resemble a bird's nest.



19 comments:

Rene said...

I just love your family!!! What a blessing!

Betty said...

That´s so funny about your girls sitting at the kiddie table. :) They seemed to enjoy it.
The cupcakes look soooo good!! I´m so hungry!

Susie said...

Your family just looks like so much fun:-)

Becky said...

My mom always makes the bird nest cookies, with the little eggs in the nest being jellybeans. They are my favorite!

Yup...I probably gained 3 lbs too! But it was SOO worth it!

natalie said...

those cupcakes are adorable!

& oh how I miss you guys!

Aubrey said...

I've never met a cupcake I didn't LOVE! Never.

Can you adopt me...please!!

The Wife O Riley said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Easter! Love the pictures!

Thanks for the recipe, I need to bake more, or some.

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

Oh my. Those cupcakes look so yummy.

I did cover the drawers with scrapbook paper. I am going to show how to do it soon.

Julie said...

those look fun!

Heather said...

You are the craftiest baker I know. Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes!

I love the pic of the "Kid's table". How sweet of your girls to stay there with the little ones...

Thanks for the well wishes on my new job. I think I'm gonna love it!

Hope your day today is a better one. You'd best stop by the store and pick up some Mike's, just in case, though :)

Sandy Toes said...

Looks like a fun time for everyone.
sandy toe

April said...

Can you guys have any more fun? Love is all around! Oh, I am a serious chocolate lover...will definitely try those yummy cupcakes!

Melody said...

Matt was watching (and drooling) as we looked at your cupcake pics. =) Maybe I'll have to break down and bake one of these days.

mrsbear said...

The best holidays are always big eating events.

Nothing wrong with the kiddie table, it's always way more fun.

You must stop showing me these delicious cupcake concoctions, they're detrimental to my waist line. ;)

Beths Blog said...

Hey Betty,
Your cupcakes are to darn cute! I thought the icing was peanut butter when I first saw them. What is this stuff, I can't remmber the word, that you use instead of cream cheese and where do you get it?

Well, the rest of the story about Zach's bunny cookie that I didn't think I should blog about...Tyler came to our house to eat because his parents went to Missouri and he didn't. So,he needed a place to land. So, Zach decorates the cookie with the little tiny sprinkles and says that it represents Tyler's size. Yes, that is what you get with boys! On the flip side, I have these pens that you decorate with and he took those and drew a really pretty flower scene on one of the cookies. Such contrast.

We still need to get together. When do you have open?
beth

Ashley said...

This is hilarious! We only have one baby and no kids b/c the current youngest generation hasn't started having kids yet (hmmmm... that would be me). But I remember not so long ago the transition from the kids table to the adults table. Sweet Victory!!

Those cupcakes look amazing!!

Jennie said...

that is the best way to be fed ham.... I have a present for you over at my bog, so come on over....

Yaya said...

Hubby and I love the name "Flynn"!!!

Funny about kiddie table!

Yaya said...

Hubby and I love the name "Flynn"!!!

Funny about kiddie table!