Coconut Easter Nest Cake

Bake my lemon coconut cake next.

A stunning and easy dessert, this coconut Easter nest cake will impress everyone around the Easter dinner table! Recipe on

Welcome to the 1,000th post on Sally’s Baking Addiction!

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A stunning and easy dessert, this coconut Easter nest cake will impress everyone around the Easter dinner table! Recipe on

So let’s eat cake! With candy! Even better: Easter candy. Honestly out of all the holidays in the year, Easter season is the BEST candy season. Easter bunny, you’ve got the right idea. Robin’s Eggs! Jelly Beans! Cadbury Creme Eggs! Reese’s Eggs! I wanted to put the pastel beauties of the season on display and while another piñata cake was tempting, I was inspired by Real Simple’s nest cake. It’s sort of the same, just A LOT more festive (and easier, too). And how beautiful as the finale to your Easter supper in a few weeks?

While you can truly use any flavor bundt cake you desire, I went with my favorite lemon bundt cake. I typically add a lemon soaking syrup and poppy seeds to the lemon bundt cake, but since the focus of this dessert would be on the garnish– I kept it plain. But “plain” isn’t at all how I would describe it. Rather, this lemon bundt cake is soft, sweet, and moist. Smack dab in the middle between fluffy and dense with *just* the right amount of lemon zing. You know the flavor is there, but it isn’t overwhelming. Nor is is competing with the coconut and cream cheese frosting on top.  (We’ll get to those in a second.)

Other bundt cakes you can use:

Or virtually anything that pairs with coconut. And Easter. You have control over the flavor. Just use whatever your family will like best. I’ll definitely be making this coconut Easter nest cake with carrot cake for the big day.

Coconut cream cheese frosting recipe!

Coconut cream cheese frosting recipe!

Transforming the cake into a bird’s nest is a cinch. Cover it with frosting, then coconut, then pile candies in the center. 10 minutes, tops.

Like the cake flavor, you also have total control over the frosting flavor as well. But I will say one thing: silky smooth cream cheese frosting is soooo easy to spread on a bundt cake. It glides right on and is a fabulous “glue” for all the toasted coconut on top. I added a teaspoon of coconut extract to the frosting, just to amp up the coconut flavor in the entire dessert. On Easter weekend, I plan to make the frosting a day in advance so there’s one less task before the big meal. That’s the other thing about cream cheese frosting: it holds up well over a couple days. And speaking of preparing ahead, the lemon bundt cake is AWESOME for making ahead too. Holds up well overnight!

And now for the goodies + garnish:

Toasted coconut for Easter nest cake on

Easter candy for Easter nest cake on

We’ll use sweetened shredded coconut. For a contrast of texture and color, I toasted only half of the coconut. You can leave the coconut as is or toast it all– the decision is yours. You can also use unsweetened coconut too.

Don’t like coconut? Use sliced almonds as the nest instead!

The eggs in the nest are, of course, Easter candies. Just pile them in the center of the bundt. I wanted an extra pop of pastel color, so I added some M&Ms along with the candy coated chocolate eggs. When you cut into the cake, the candies spill down in a pastel sugar waterfall, total piñata style. Egg-cellent.

And you know what would launch the cuteness factor into overdrive? Adding chick PEEPS! Your adorable Easter dessert = winning.

A stunning and easy dessert, this coconut Easter nest cake will impress everyone around the Easter dinner table! Recipe on

It’s, like, double dessert because after you inhale the cake, you get a pile of Easter candies. 🙂

Coconut Easter Nest Cake


Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces (224g) full-fat brick style cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups (240g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (15-30ml) heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 1 teaspoon coconut extract


  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)2
  • 1-2 cups Easter candy eggs


  1. Invert the bundt cake onto a cake stand or serving platter.
  2. Make the frosting: In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar, 1 Tablespoon cream, vanilla and coconut extracts with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add 1 more Tablespoon of cream to thin out, if desired. Taste. Add a pinch of salt if needed.
  3. Frost the cooled bundt cake. Top the entire cake with coconut. Fill the center with candies. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.
  4. Cover leftover cake tightly and store in the refrigerator for 5 days.

Recipe Notes:

  1. I used this lemon bundt cake recipe. Left out the poppy seeds, soaking syrup, and glaze.
  2. If desired, toast some or all of the coconut in a 300°F (149°C) oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Inspired by Real Simple

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A stunning and easy dessert, this coconut Easter nest cake will impress everyone around the Easter dinner table! Recipe on

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A stunning and easy dessert, this coconut Easter nest cake will impress everyone around the Easter dinner table! Recipe on



  1. Marilu on March 28, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Thank you so much, Sally, for making your 1000th post a fabulous cake smothered in coconut! I just adore coconut! ❤️ I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful blog, which is my go to for all things baking. I love your recipes, your beautiful photography, and your lovely posts full of wit. Here’s to many, many more posts!!!

    • Sally on March 28, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Thanks so much Marilu!

  2. Annabelle on March 28, 2017 at 6:16 am

    This looks amazing! Glad I stocked up on easter eggs a while ago so I can try out things like this!

    x Annabelle

    • Sally on March 28, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Let me know how you like it!

  3. Wendy on March 28, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Congratulations to you Sally. What a great achievement!! I am sure I am not the only follower to say this, but I so appreciate each and every post and recipe you’ve posted but I also appreciate the posts your followers post!! I Love reading them! They are funny, informative and mostly very thoughtful! 

    • Sally on March 28, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Thanks Wendy, I appreciate that!

  4. Linda on March 28, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Congratulations on the 1000th post and the success in everything you have pursued! 🙂

  5. Austria Azaceta on March 28, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Hi Sally!
    A big congratulations to you on your 1000th post!! Your blog is truly special! I have learned so much & become a pretty decent baker thanks to you.  Your recipes never disappoint!! 
    I made the buttermilk biscuits a couple of days ago & they are SOOOO good!!! And a little too easy to make. 🙂   Will be trying out your baked mac & cheese later this week for dinner (with fresh pasta).  Looking forward to that.  And lots of baking coming up for me in April.  This nest cake is just about the cutest thing!! 
    Have a wonderful rest of the week Sally & congratulations again!!

  6. Izzy K on March 28, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    My mouth is literally watering looking at this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Kat on March 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Happy 1000th post! This looks like the perfect cake for Easter!

  8. Erin @ Brownie Bites Blog on March 28, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    This is such an unbelievably cute idea! You totally had me with the photos of that super creamy cream cheese frosting. I’m a frosting nut and usually end up giving myself a stomach ache when I make any kind of cake or cupcake because I have to finish off ALL of the leftover frosting myself, ugh!

  9. Jessica Bauer on April 4, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Sallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! You. R. A. Legend. I adore youuuuuuuuuu! I’m only sorry that this is my first comment on your blog. I have made these: Triple Chocolate Cake, Death-by-Chocolate Cupcakes, Strawberry Chocolate Chip cookies, Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes, and the list goes on… and on… and on. Everything is FABULOUS. Nothing has disappointed me. Nothing. How is that possible? How? And also, how is it possible that you are thin and gorgeous?! Baking your recipes at my house = I’m a rock star. That’s it. Plain and simple. Keep up the extraordinary recipes, and I will keep coming back to the kitchen. Can’t wait to try this Easter Nest Cake. And congrats on your 1,000th post!

    • Sally on April 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you for the extremely kind comment, Jessica!! I’m so happy you said hi today. Don’t be a stranger! Let me know how you like this Easter nest cake!

  10. Amy - Baking with Granny on April 6, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I recently bought a bundt tin and have been stumped what to do with it. It never occurred to me to take advantage of the hole in the middle – mini eggs are my favourite Easter treat as well! I have a feel the kids would love this too. xx

  11. Katie on April 10, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Making this for Easter! Can’t wait. Carrot cake with coconut frosting. Thank you for the super cute idea! 

  12. Katie @The Semisweet Sisters on April 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Congrats on your 1000th post! Oh my, this cake is too cute for Easter! Love it!

  13. Stephanie Paul on April 13, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Could you make this recipe using the lemon cake and keep the soaking syrup or should that be avoided?



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