I looked at several websites to find candy eggs, but I wasn't happy with any of them, so I decided to make them myself!
I started with fondant that I colored robin's egg blue, then hand-rolled about 50 tiny eggs. It took a little bit of practice to get them to look like eggs and not albino blueberries. The shape isn't as easy as it looks!
Once the eggs had dried overnight, I used a paintbrush dipped in brown food coloring to "splatter" paint the eggs so they looked speckled. Of course, this speckled my table as well....thank goodness for mr. clean magic erasers!
I had seen several different ideas for making the nest....toasted coconut, piped icing, chow mein noodle haystacks, etc...but my favorite one used shaved chocolate...it looked rustic yet elegant at the same time - perfect for this baby shower.
Since I had to chop some chocolate for the cupcakes too, I decided to go ahead and chop all my chocolate:
It took about an hour, but now all 14 lbs are chopped and ready for any recipe....which has me thinking about what I can make with bittersweet chocolate...hmmm.....maybe that recipe for flourless chocolate cookies I saw on Pinterest...anyway, back to cupcakes!
I piped a swirl of buttercream on each cupcakes, topped them with chocolate shavings, and then nestled a few eggs on each one...
And another shot...
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Happy baking....and eating!