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Carlee's Celebrate Spring Cupcakes Recipe

Carlee's Celebrate Spring Cupcakes

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"Cupcakes with creamy chocolate surprise centers and a cute little bird's nest on top of creamy chocolate frosting. Made these in honor of my daughter, Carlee."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen cupcakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
  3. Place chocolate cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes.
  4. Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 19 to 23 minutes.
  6. Allow cupcakes to cool thoroughly.
  7. Beat the 2 packages of pudding mix with milk in a bowl using an electric mixer until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  8. Beat thawed whipped topping into pudding mixture to make a creamy filling.
  9. Spoon about 1 1/2 cup chocolate pudding filling into a pastry bag fitted with a large piping tip.
  10. Press the piping tip into the center of each cupcake and fill cupcake with about 1 1/2 tablespoon of pudding mixture.
  11. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of remaining pudding mixture about 1 1/2 inches across into the center of each cupcake to make a nest. Press chocolate sprinkles into edges of the nests; place 3 mini chocolate eggs into each nest.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Use any flavor cake mix that goes well with chocolate.

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Mar 22, 2012

As the submitter of this simple but fun cupcake idea, I have to say there seems to be one typo and that is, you will need about one tablespoon of sprinkles per cupcake, not just one tablespoon total. So if you're low on sprinkles, get more before you start, lol. I find the cupcakes fill easily, but if you want to make it really easy, carve out a small section of the center first. The topping will cover the hole. If you aren't into so much chocolate, use any combination of cake and pudding flavors to suit. Enjoy.

Mar 28, 2012

What a wonderful cupcake! I made these this afternoon with my little guy and we had a blast. The creamy filling/frosting is absolutely delicious and I definitely will be using it for other cupcakes as well. Thanks for sharing this cute, easy and fun cupcake!


11 Ratings

Apr 07, 2012

These were definately a hit with my family and kiddos. Made a Duncan Hines devils food cake and for the frosting, I used sugar free/fat free chocolate pudding, skim milk and fat free whipped topping. Delicious and light! Kiddos decorated them with the chocolate sprinkles and Cadbury mini candy coated eggs. Thanks!

Apr 08, 2012

idea and appearance for sure gets a 5 - - taste is a 3, so i will round out a 4. boxed cake mix and pudding do not make a great cupcake imho.... i made it for the kids for our easter dessert table and they all seemed to enjoy them. however i have several leftover that i fear will get tossed, as the taste is just not worth the calories! if i were to make this recipe again, it would be with a homemade cake and frosting recipe, and just borrowing the idea for the birds nest. all in all though, they make a great presentation and are very easy to make. thanks for posting this great idea!

May 07, 2014

These are fantastic with peanut butter M&Ms!

Apr 18, 2014

These were so adorable! I loved them.

May 30, 2015

I used jelly beans, and the bird's nests didn't really work out for me, but they tasted great. I just whipped cream, and it was a wonderful idea to combine that and pudding for a unique frosting!


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  • Calories
  • 211 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 10 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 329 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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