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Easter Bird Nest Cake

                                                                 EASTER BIRD NEST CAKE

Each Easter I try to come up with a creative dessert for the family and more often than not, I’ll end up baking a cake. This year I decided to rely on our family favourite, carrot cake. Only instead of frosting it with the traditional cream cheese frosting or even better (my husband’s favourite, pumpkin pie spice buttercream) I chose to go with a milk chocolate buttercream. I knew I needed to use a buttercream frosting because in my head, I had a picture of a bird nest cake that just wouldn’t go away and buttercream frosting had the consistency that would enable me to transfer the image from my head onto the carrot cake.


Kathleen’s Carrot Cake Recipe:

-2 cups of unbleached flour

-2 teaspoons of baking powder

-1 teaspoon of baking soda

-3/4 teaspoon of salt

-2 teaspoons of cinnamon

-1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

-3/4 cup of white sugar

-3/4 cup of packed brown sugar

-3 eggs

-1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil

-2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

-2 cups of grated carrots

-1 cup of crushed pineapple

-1/2 cup of chopped pecans (optional)


To make this cake:

Three layers of carrot cake, cooled. Apply a layer of buttercream icing between each layer as you stack your layers.

Layers Frosted

When the top layer has been added, cut a line approximately 4″ in diameter around the center of the layer.

Cut for Nest

Using a small off-set spatula, cut all around the circle just deep enough to go through the top layer only. Lift out the cut circle and set aside (for snacking on later).

Nest Scooped

Apply frosting around the remains of the top layer and inside the *nest.* Finish dirty icing the entire cake. Set in the fridge to cool before applying the finished layer of frosting.

Dirty Iced

When cake has cooled, remove from fridge and apply final coat of frosting. Smooth out the frosting around entire cake.


Fill a piping bag with the milk chocolate buttercream. Using a #4 tip, begin piping lines in random directions and random lengths. Start piping insides the nest being and then work your way to the outside top of the cake.

Nest Design Application

Once you have completed piping the nest on the top layer, begin piping the sides of the cake. I found it easier to pipe in 3-inch sections from top to bottom working my way all around the cake. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take as long as you think it will.

Design on Sides

Once your *nest* design has been completed, fill the nest with your choice of colored candy Easter eggs. I used M&M’s. If you are good at fondant sculpture, you can make the bird. As you can see, I bought a little inedible one to decorate the nest.


Source: https://www.vanillabeanbaker.com/easter-bird-nest-cake/

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