Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Simple Spun Sugar Nests {Easter Cupcakes}

UPDATE: This recipe is not working out well for some people, so perhaps I just got lucky when I made these several years ago. While I still love the idea, you may want to follow a different recipe or test these out well in advance. I always thought one had to be Jacques Torres to make gorgeous spun sugar, but turns out I was wrong! Any home baker can do this. Spun sugar nests make the prettiest Easter cupcake toppers. You can make the nests early and keep them in the freezer, but top cakes and cupcakes just before serving, as moisture can make them soften. These bird's nest cupcakes are perfect for Easter and Spring, but would be cute for a baby shower too. 
fill nests with a mini chocolate bunny

or chocolate eggs 

even the most discriminating of princesses will thank you

sugar, corn syrup, and water cooked until amber 

and drizzled around a mini muffin pan 

cupcake jewelry


Simple Spun Sugar Nests 
recipe adapted from Martha Stewart *I used half this recipe and it made enough for 24+ nests 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  1. Cover the work space with parchment paper and the floor with newspaper. Prepare an ice-water bath.
  2. Place the sugar, 1/2 cup water, and the corn syrup in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Raise heat to high, and bring mixture to a boil. Continue cooking until the temperature registers 310 degrees (hard-crack stage) on a candy thermometer. *YM note: I do not have a candy thermometer and just cooked it until amber in color. Remove from heat, and briefly plunge the saucepan into ice water to stop the cooking. Let stand to thicken slightly, about 1 minute. Use immediately.

    3. To make nests, spray the back of a mini muffin pan generously with cooking spray. Dip a fork into the sugar and drizzle around each muffin cup in a circular motion.  Let harden completely. Nests should easily come off cups.

17 comments:

  1. I love the last photo of the chocolate bunny and real bunny! With all those wild bunnies running around your yard I imagine you didn't even have to wait long to capture that moment.

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  2. what a cool last shot! I love this idea, raelly adds the right touch to the cupcake. Love the bunny one.

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  3. Love!! I'm totally going to make these.

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  4. Oh, wow! What a terrific idea. I'd like to link to this, if that's okay with you. (I came over from Design Mom...your blog name caught my attention!)

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  5. Thanks everyone! Shannon, of course, link away! Thank you.
    Marina

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  6. Very cute!! like like like! :)

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  7. So beautiful! Very delicate and impressive looking.

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  8. How cute!! I had no easy it was that simple, I definitely want to try this, thanks so much for sharing :)

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  9. Truly adorable and your little princess is gorgeous!!! I'm going to have to get my inner Jacques Torres, on =))))

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  10. Just saw this post on Cupcake Take The Cake. What a genius way of making the sugar spun nests! They are supercute, I think I might give these a go!

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  11. I just came over from your link on Centsational Girl. LOVE this. Phew. Proof that not all Easter decorations have to be well ... ugly. :)

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  12. Love that picture with the real bunny. Fun!

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  13. Wow! I'm blown away. Thanks for the tutorial. I don't know how great mine will turn out, but I plan to give it a try.

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  14. Great pictures and a cute idea. I'm going to try it this weekend:)

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  15. I just found your blog by case on pinterest and it is completely addictive. I love it! Easter is almost here again, and I think I will try this recipe of your, it's such a great idea! Andreia, from Portugal.

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  16. Anonymous7:56 PM

    These are so cute, I am going to make some of these. Im from nz so I will need to hunt for the corn syrup.

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  17. Anonymous12:41 PM

    Thank you.

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