PEEPS® Nest Cupcakes for Easter

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I can’t believe Easter is almost here.  I’m not ready!  I know that’s pretty ridiculous because I’m not hosting Easter here at my house but I really feel like it snuck up on me this year.   Whenever I think of Easter I think of my mom’s birthday and I certainly haven’t found anything to buy her yet this year.   What do you get the woman who has everything she wants?  I have no idea.  The only thing I have for her so far are PEEPS®.   She loves them so I got her a huge package of them this year for her birthday.

Fun and festive PEEPS nest cupcakes

First thing I wanted to do was to make a fun Easter dessert that could double as a birthday cake or cupcake for my mom and I turned back to the PEEPS®.  I wanted to make a cute cupcake but didn’t know how I wanted to make it.   I started with a vanilla cupcake batter but before I poured the batter into the muffin tin I decided it needed some color.  I dyed the cupcake batter half blue and half pink.   It looked so much better with those bright colors.

Pastel PEEPS Nest Cupcakes are perfect for Easter

While the cupcakes baked I worked on a decorating scheme.  I wanted to put the PEEPS® on top but I needed something for them to sit on.  After a lot of thinking I determined I wanted them to be sitting on a birds nest complete with eggs.   Easier said then done.

Pastel PEEPS Nest Cupcakes are delicious and look great for spring

I whipped up a batch of vanilla buttercream frosting and colored it brown.   You can just as easily make chocolate frosting but I gave up chocolate for Lent and my brother can’t eat chocolate so I usually try to make at least one non-chocolate dessert for family holidays.   I spread a thin layer of frosting on top of each cooled cupcake then used a small tip to pipe on a “nest”.  I put a few chocolate eggs in the nest and set the PEEPS® chicks on top.

Vanilla cupcakes with brown frosting "nests" topped with chocolate eggs and a PEEPS chick

The cupcakes were totally adorable!    I loved the little nest with the eggs inside and the PEEPS® on top.  Plus, it’s a surprise biting into them and seeing the bright pink and blue colors.   They are totally perfect for the Easter holiday.

Easy to make PEEPS nest cupcakes with brown frosting nests and chocolate eggs

Fun and festive PEEPS nest cupcakes

PEEPS® Nest Cupcakes for Easter

Vanilla cupcakes topped with frosting birds nests with tiny chocolate eggs in them with a PEEPS® chick on top!
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 1 dozen cupcakes
Author: Hezzi-D


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 c. butter softened
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • blue and pink food coloring

For the Frosting:

  • 1 c. 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3-4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • brown food coloring

For decoration:

  • 1 bag chocolate eggs
  • 12 PEEPS® chicks in assorted colored


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners. I used half blue and half pink to match the cupcakes.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and beat until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Add in half the flour mixture and stir well. Mix in the milk and stir until combined. Stir in the remaining flour mixture.
  • Divide the batter into two bowls. Color one pin and the other blue.
  • Pour into cupcake liners, filling 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, beat the butter in a large bowl. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached. Stir in the vanilla and milk and beat until smooth.
  • Add in brown food coloring.
  • Place a thin layer of brown frosting on top of each cupcake. Place remaining frosting in a piping bag with a small tip. Pipe it on in a circle, making a nest. Fill each nest with 3 chocolate eggs.
  • Top with a PEEPS® chick.


A Hezzi-D Original Recipe

Adorable PEEPS nest cupcakes are perfetc for Easter dessert



  1. 5 stars
    These are TOO cute! I love how simple they seem too. Definitely storing this away for next Easter.

  2. 5 stars
    Those Easter cupcakes look too good to eat! You did such an awesome job decorating them. Peeps are definitely more enjoyable served this way. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    These are so stinking adorable! I love how you swirled the two shades together for a cool effect.

  4. oh wow these look absolutely delicious and I am sure your mum will love them. I too know what you mean about easter snicking up on you, I can not believe it at all, it feels like yesterday I was celebrating first of January 2015

  5. It is so many things you can do with cupcakes! Your cupcakes look so delicious and scrumptious! My girls love making cupcakes so I will past this recipe on to them and see if they can make theirs look like the one in the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  6. These are adorable! I personally can’t stand Peeps, but I love how creative people get with them. I didn’t even notice the nest part until you explained it, but I think it’s perfect! Fun Easter treats.

  7. Those are cute! We recently made cupcakes for my toddler’s preschool and he had a ball helping. But we kept it a bit simpler,… just sprinkles on top. I’m not sure these fancy cupcakes would have lasted long though… his classmates would have inhaled them 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    These Peeps Nest Cupcakes are so cute and perfect for Easter. I will plant to make these with my son later this week. Thanks so much for this easy recipe.

  9. What cute cupcakes! I love the idea of the nest. Although, we don’t eat peeps so would have to find an alternative. Still a great concept though. Will definitely look into making these. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. 5 stars
    I love the nest cupcakes! What a clever idea. I have really been in a baking mood this week and I love cupcakes – so I may need to add this to my 3-day weekend to do list. Thanks for sharing, Heather!

  11. Those came out so adorable! I love how you put the little eggs under the Peeps, such a nice surprise! My son loves Peeps, he eats the different types for every season. He doesn’t remember a world where you could only get them at Easter. Love those cupcake liners, too! So pretty, yet not overly pastel.

  12. 5 stars
    Awh, these cupcakes are just adorable! I love that they have bright pink or blue sponge on the inside and the little birds on top are just too sweet. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe 🙂

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