Add these adorable Bird’s Nest Cupcakes to your Easter cupcake ideas file. A topping of chow mein noodle "nests" and chocolate eggs makes these Easter nest cupcakes festive and fun.




  • Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line twenty-eight 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. In a medium bowl stir together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl combine sour cream, orange juice, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Set aside.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a very large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and sour cream mixture to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.

  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about three-fourths full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.

  • Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

  • Frost cupcakes with Citrus Frosting. In a small microwave-safe bowl microwave candy coating on 100 percent power (high) for 30 seconds. Stir; microwave for 20 to 30 seconds more or until completely melted. In a large bowl combine chow mein noodles and the melted candy coating. Shape chow mein mixture into a nest on top of each cupcake.*

  • Add candy-coated milk chocolate candies to each nest. Makes 28 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

If mixture begins to set up, heat it in the microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 10 seconds at a time until softened.

Nutrition Facts

304 calories, (8 g saturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 4 g monounsaturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 194 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 26 g sugar, 3 g protein.

Citrus Frosting



  • In a medium bowl stir together frosting and lemon peel.


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I lost the magazine that had this recipe in our move and ive been trying to find it for like a week this a huge hit every time I make it. Thank you for posting it on your site! The whole issue was amazing! Im so so sad i lost it .
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Hi! I'm Colleen from the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen staff. Candy coating refers to a product you may find labeled as "almond bark". It's usually found in the baking aisle of grocery stores. There is typically a white or vanilla-flavored variety and a chocolate variety. It is very similar to the candy melts discs that you find with the cake decorating supplies. It's nice because it sets up quickly at room temperature. Have fun with this recipe!
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Please, can you tell me what it is "Candy coating"? and were I can find it? Thanks in advance