Nesting Baby-Bluebird Cupcakes
When preparing the chocolate buttercream frosting, reserve 1 1/2 cups buttercream and 1 teaspoon melted chocolate.
- Yield Makes 1 dozen
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating pan once. Set aside to cool.
- Lightly frost cupcakes with 1 cup chocolate buttercream; set aside. Tint 2 tablespoons reserved buttercream pale yellow; place in a pastry bag fitted with a #349 Ateco leaf tip; set aside. Tint remaining buttercream light blue; place in a pastry bag fitted with a #11 Ateco plain round tip, and pipe three bluebird heads, 3/4 inch in diameter, onto each cupcake. Using leaf tip, pipe yellow beaks. With a toothpick, add melted-chocolate eyes. Form each nest with 2 tablespoons toasted coconut.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
1 pkg devil's food cake mix
1 pkg instant cho pudding mix
1 C sour cream
4 lg eggs
1/2 C water
1/2 C oil
1 1/2 C mini choc chips
Frosting if not using bluebird frosting:
2 8 oz pkg cream cheese softened
1/2 C butter softened
3-4 C powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix first six ing together with a beater. Add choc chips. Pour into lined cupcake pan. Cook in oven at 350 degrees for 18-22 mins. Remove from oven. Let cool. Cover with saran wrap and let sit overnight in fridge before frosting. Frost as directed above or prepare this frosting. In med bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in powdered sugar. Start with 2 cups and gradually add until desired thickness. Keep in fridge til serving for best taste. Enjoy!
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