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Robin's Nest Cupcakes

These Robins' Nest Cupcakes are made with moist, rich chocolate cupcakes, topped with a fluffy chocolate frosting, brown jimmies and chocolate robins' eggs. These Robins' Nest Cupcakes are an easy, festive spring and Easter treat!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time46 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 440kcal
Author: Aida


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil melted and cooled)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup strong coffee warm
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract I used vanilla bean paste

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 tbs whole milk or cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

To Assemble the Cupcakes:

  • Chocolate jimmies
  • Mini-Chocolate Eggs


For the cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Line a muffin tin with paper wrappers.
  • In a medium bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the oil, sugar, oil, eggs, coffee, milk and vanilla.
  • Slowly mix in the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  • Fill each cup of the muffin tin about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 14 to 16 minutes.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Then remove them from the pan and allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack.

For the Frosting:

  • Sift the confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder
  • Melt the chocolate and set aside to cool slightly
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter until fluffy.
  • Add the confectioners' sugar combination. Mix until just combined.
  • Add the milk and vanilla, mix until just combined.
  • Add the melted chocolate. Mix until completely combined.

To Assemble the Cupcakes:

  • Fill a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip with the chocolate frosting.
  • Pipe the frosting, building up the frosting on the sides to create a nest.
  • Sprinkle with jimmies.
  • Place chocolate eggs inside nest.


Serving: 102g | Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g