Coconut Easter Nest Cake

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

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

So let’s eat cake with 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 meal?

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 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.

Other cake flavors you can use:

You have control over the flavor. Just use whatever your family will like best.

Coconut cream cheese frosting recipe! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Coconut cream cheese frosting recipe! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Transforming the cake into a bird’s nest easy. 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 too. But I will say one thing: silky smooth cream cheese frosting is really easy to spread on a bundt cake because it glides right on. In addition, it’s a fabulous “glue” for all the toasted coconut on top. I add 1 teaspoon of coconut extract to the frosting to amp up the coconut flavor. On Easter weekend, I plan to make the frosting 1 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 because it holds up beautifully overnight.

And now for the goodies + garnish:

Toasted coconut for Easter nest cake on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Easter candy for Easter nest cake on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Use sweetened shredded coconut. For a contrast of texture and color, I toasted only half of the coconut. You can leave the coconut plain 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 cake. When you cut into the cake, the candies spill down in a pastel sugar waterfall, total piñata cake style. Egg-cellent.

And you know what would launch the cuteness factor into overdrive? Adding chick PEEPS!

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

Coconut easter nest bundt cake with Easter candy

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

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Coconut Easter Nest Cake

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: serves 10
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


Ingredients

Cream Cheese Frosting

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

Decoration

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

Instructions

  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.

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 6-8 minutes or until browned to your liking.
  3. Inspired by Real Simple

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

66 Comments

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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! 

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

    1. 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!

  6. 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

  7. For some reason, I can’t get over the idea of swathing this cake in a marshmallow-like meringue frosting 🙂 I might just have to do it for Easter! Could I use the meringue you use for your ultimate birthday cupcakes, Sally? Thanks! Maybe flavor it with a bit of coconut extract, too.

  8. Hi Sally…what a great idea for an Easter cake! Do you think your yellow sheet cake recipe would pair well with the coconut frosting? Or am I better off with a vanilla/angel food cake?

    Thank you so much,
    Stephanie

  9. I have been wanting too make this cake since you first posted it, and this year I finally got around to it. I followed the recipe exactly (lemon cake and coconut cream cheese frosting). It both looked and tasted amazing! I think this cake will have to become a new tradition in my family. Thanks a lot for inspiring photos and excellent recipes!

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