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Easter Egg Cupcakes

April 7, 2020 (Last updated April 3, 2022) · Nicole Triebe

 Vanilla Bean Easter Egg Cupcakes are the perfect festive treat for your Easter celebration!

Easter is around the corner, and the sun has been shining in Chicago! All this vitamin D has been so good for my state of mind, and my creative juices are flowing.  I wanted to create a sweet treat for the upcoming holiday, and these easter egg cupcakes were perfect for the occasion!

I made some adorable baby bird cupcakes that were really similar a few years ago for a good friend that was having twins.  The design was such a hit, I couldn’t tell everyone how easy they were to make! All you need is a grass piping tip and some candy eggs, and you’re all set!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I went to school for pastries back in 2003.  I went to a French pastry school and we learned the all of the classic french desserts.  In other words, cakes with pastillage, croquembouches and lots of opera cakes. Our classes never went into modern cake techniques, so I had to learn those all on my own.

Luckily, with the days of Youtube, it’s much easier than you think! For these easter egg cupcakes, I used the Wilton grass tip, which you may recognize from my Sesame Street cupcakes!

How do I pipe the buttercream frosting?

For the vanilla buttercream base on these Easter egg cupcakes, you can use a piping bag (I like to use these small disposable ones for when I have small amounts of a bunch of different colors, or if you don’t want to deal with a lot of clean up).  You can use a large round tip, or just cut off the end of the piping bag.  Start in the middle of the cupcake and swirl the buttercream around like a big “e.”  Release the pressure on the piping bag as you reach the end of the swirl.

How do I make the egg “nests”?

For the egg nests, you’ll be using the grass tip.  You’ll need to purchase what’s called a coupler.  This handy little plastic tool allows you to easily change tips between piping bags.  It really came in handy with the sesame street cupcakes when I was switching between the different characters. Wilton has a great tutorial on how to use a coupler here! I like to form the nests over the end of the vanilla frosting swirl so you cover up that open end.

Not only are these cupcakes fun for the adults, the kids will love them too!  After the nests are formed, I love letting my nieces place the tiny eggs inside.  I’d love if you’d tag me on Instagram with your easter egg creations!

Watch my video of the whole easter egg cupcake tutorial below!

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Vanilla Bean Easter Egg Cupcakes

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  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American



Hershey’s candy coated mini easter eggs

Hershey’s chocolate frosting

1 cup canola oil

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs room temp

2 tsp vanilla bean paste

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tbl baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

Best Ever Vanilla Buttercream:

2 sticks softened unsalted sweet cream butter

3 cups sifted powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract


Combine the eggs, oil and buttermilk in a bowl.  Sift all the dry ingredients in another large bowl.  Combine the wet with dry and mix.  The batter should be smooth and completely combined.  Try not to over-mix.

Scoop batter into lined cupcake tin and bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes.

Once cupcakes are completely cool, frost with Best ever vanilla buttercream and create the nests with Hershey’s chocolate frosting.  Top with two candy coated mini easter eggs

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