Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Elizabeth Blake

Bird's Nest Cake

Frost a cake. Add Peeps. Boom: Bird's nest on a cake. Go on and impress your friends. You can even say the idea was yours; we won't tell.

All You APRIL 2014

  • Yield:


  • 8- or 9-inch layer cake, homemade or from a mix
  • Frosting
  • White and yellow jimmies
  • Yellow Sixlets (small candy-coated chocolate balls)
  • Yellow chick Peeps
  • Purple and yellow licorice strings


1. Make 2-layer cake. Frost cake with your favorite frosting. Place jimmies in a medium bowl. Immediately pack jimmies around edges of cake, allowing excess to fall back into bowl as you make your way around cake. Place on a serving platter or cake stand.

2. Spoon additional frosting into a ziplock bag. Squeeze out excess air and seal bag. Snip off a corner of bag. Pipe a line of frosting where cake meets plate; place Sixlets around bottom edge.

3. Place toothpicks in bottom of Peeps; fasten Peeps to cake in a circle. Pipe a line of frosting around bottom ring of Peeps; place additional Sixlets between each Peep.

4. Wind purple and yellow licorice strings around your hand to form a nest; place on top of circle of Peeps. Place 2 Peeps on top of nest.


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