*Wilton provided me with the cupcake pan*
Now that I’m aware Easter is less than two weeks away I finally decided to kick my butt in gear and plan some Easter baking with the kids. They always have so much fun baking for holidays that I like to spread it over over a week or two so they have new projects to try. Since Kaydee and Matt are at school all day I had Emma helping me bake the cakes and then when everyone came home they piled in the kitchen to help decorate.
We got a delivery from Wilton that included the cutest little mini fluted cake pan. This is one of those multi-purpose pans you could use for any holiday or celebration, not just Easter. We thought it would be fun to take one of my very favorite Easter candies (Robbins Eggs) and pile them inside our Bird’s Nest baby cakes.
It’s really easy to make these. All you need is a few simple ingredients and time. We used the Wilton mini fluted cake pan, boxed funfetti cake mix, white chocolate ganache, sweetened coconut and mini Robbins Eggs candies. But you could also use jelly beans.
You’ll want to make the ganache first so it has plenty of time to cool and thicken. Just heat 1 cup of heavy cream on the stove until it begins to bubble. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in 13 ounces of white chocolate or almond bark. It will melt faster if you chop it before mixing it in. Just set that to the side and let it cool, whisking occasionally.
Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box and fill each of the cake pan cavities only half full. I like to spray them with Wilton’s Easy Bake oil/flour spray to prevent sticking. They only take about 10 – 12 minutes at 350 degrees F. While the cakes are cooling you can toast the coconut. I left the oven at 350 and spread about 2 cups of sweetened coconut shreds on a cookie sheet and baked them for about 15 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so they toast evenly.
Now the fun part ….
Once the cakes have cooled just dip the top in the ganache, dip in the coconut and top with a few candy eggs. My daughter was so proud of the Bird’s Nest baby cakes she made!