Bluebird Cupcakes!

by Michelle on April 12, 2010

We moved to our present property in 2000 and although our new home was only a twenty minute drive from our previous property, the geography is totally different. We now lived adjacent to about 500 acres of county forest preserve and natural springs bubbled up out of the ground in the most curious places! Being an avid birdwatcher I was excited to see what unique birds were on our new property. Well, I was not disappointed in the least. Within the first month, Indigo Buntings, Bluebirds, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Barn Shallows and Purple Martins were regular visitors to our property. I was thrilled!

The next Spring, I installed five Bluebird houses and waited for the little darlings to arrive. I know spring is on the way when the Bluebirds start flitting around our pastures and claiming their home for the new babies to arrive. The first spring I had two boxes of baby Bluebirds and each had a second nesting so we had eleven new babies! Since 2001 we’ve had at least ten new baby Bluebirds yearly. This year to celebrate the arrival of my treasured Bluebirds I made some cupcakes!

Carrot Cupcakes

1 c flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
5/8 c. light oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. shredded carrots
3/8 c. nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1 c diced apple

Makes about 15 regular sized cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt and baking powder in medium bowl.

In a separate bowl, beat sugar and oil until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time and beat until well blended.

Gradually add flour mixture to sugar/oil, stirring continually just until blended.

With a spatula fold in grated carrots, nuts and diced apple.

Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3s full.

Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean. Cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cold cream cheese
1 stick butter, firm but not cold
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine butter, salt, and cream cheese in mixer and beat on medium speed 2-3 minutes. Add sugar until just incorporated. Don’t over mix. It should be thick but not fluffy. Add vanilla.

Baby Bluebirds and Nest:

1 c. coconut, toasted
Baby birds eyes: melted chocolate, black/brown nonpareils, black sesame seeds. See **NOTE
Baby birds beaks: yellow frosting, confection cut to form triangle. See **NOTE

To Assemble:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating pan once. Set aside to cool.

Lightly frost cupcakes; Sprinkle with toasted coconut to form each nest.

Tint 2 tablespoons reserved frosting pale yellow; place in a pastry bag fitted with a #349 leaf tip; set aside. Tint remaining frosting light blue; place in a pastry bag fitted with a #11 Ateco plain round tip, and pipe three bluebird heads, 3/4 inch in diameter, onto each cupcake. Using leaf tip, pipe yellow beaks. With a toothpick, add melted-chocolate eyes.

**NOTE: I used yellow dot confections for the beaks and just cut them into triangles. For the baby birds eyes I used black sesame seeds.

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  • Brenda April 12, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Too stinking cute! On top of it I love carrot cake/cupcakes and cream cheese frosting. We have a little paperback book that has the birds of Michigan listed. It is very broken in since moving here in the middle of the woods.

  • Kathleen April 12, 2010 at 1:31 am

    These are soooo adorable. You did a beautiful job!

  • Allie and Pattie April 12, 2010 at 1:34 am

    How cute!! I’d love to see the bluebird houses!
    xoxo Pattie

  • Joanne April 12, 2010 at 1:36 am

    What a way to celebrate! I feel like spring has sprung just from looking at these. The little birds are so cute!

  • angelina April 12, 2010 at 1:46 am

    adorable michelle i just love em. my boys loved feeding the bluebirds with nana last year when we were home….

  • Nancy's Notes April 12, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Yumm! Great and delicious way celebrate the arrival of your treasured Bluebirds! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  • Bonnie April 12, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I love to birdwatch. We seldom get bluebirds here, just bluejays. I love your cupcakes. So colorful and cute. I think I would like to live on your property.

  • Kim April 12, 2010 at 1:59 am

    These are so cute Michelle!

  • D April 12, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Well, those are just adorable. Thanks for sharing.

    D

  • Julie Harward April 12, 2010 at 2:15 am

    YUM! I love the little blue birds on the cup cakes too. We have the blue birds here..I love them so much..they follow me along as I go for a walk sometimes. Come say hi πŸ˜€

  • OLGUIS April 12, 2010 at 2:24 am

    they look so cute.

    Regards

    olga.

  • mrs. c April 12, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Yummy, yum, my favorite!! Those are adorable and you photos are fantastic…as usual! Have a great week!

  • YankeeQuilter April 12, 2010 at 2:55 am

    These sound great! I have one bluebird box but I think I got it up too late. I do however have a bluebird that is a regular visitor to the birdfeeder so maybe he will make note of house for next year?!

  • Katrina April 12, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Those are really cute! Carrot cake is one of my favorites.

  • Mary April 12, 2010 at 4:21 am

    You have a gentle soul and a large heart. That you can make great cupcakes is a blessing for all of us. These really look beautiful. I hope you had a wonderful day.

  • Kate April 12, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Cute idea! How fun is that! Carrot cake is on the top of my list..so as a cupcake, yum!!

  • theUngourmet April 12, 2010 at 5:46 am

    I love bluebirds. Your cupcakes are just darling! The forest preserve sounds incredibly beautiful. What a fantastic place to live!

  • Ju (The Little Teochew) April 12, 2010 at 5:51 am

    OMG OMG!!! Way too cute! I couldn’t help but chuckle!! When I saw the title, I was wondering how on earth you were gonna make bluebird cupcakes?!?! You’re brilliant, Michelle. :)

  • Fotobloggen 2010 April 12, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Lovely and great to looka t almost to nice to eat, but then again you eat with your eyes also πŸ˜‰
    Nice with a recipe, think Ill try that!

    Christina, Sweden

  • My Carolina Kitchen April 12, 2010 at 11:48 am

    What lovely cupcakes and how fabulous you have bluebird families. We think spotting a bluebird is quite a treat. I can’t imagine being lucky enough to have families of them on your property. Wow.
    Sam

  • jaz@octoberfarm April 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

    these are sooooo cute!!!

  • Christy April 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Absolutely Adorable.

  • kat April 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    So cute & springy. I think those would be perfect for a baby shower.

  • Kat April 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Oh, how cute (was my reaction).
    I love to watch the Bluebirds too. We have had them at our place too. I need more boxes.
    Isn’t Springtime so wonderful.

  • tasteofbeirut April 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    These are so cheerful and fun! Never mind that they are also so healthy with all these carrots and apple!

  • Maria April 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    The birdies are super cute!

  • TeaLady April 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Those are adorable. They look fantastic.

    I know what you mean about all the birds. We live on acreage and we have so many. Have a nest in the christmas wreath with 5 babies. Sparrows. love watching them grow.

  • Tracy April 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Cute!!

  • Jenny April 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Cutest little bird cupcakes ever!!

  • Angie's Recipes April 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Ain’t they just cute! Love the frosting too.

  • Cookin' Canuck April 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    So sweet! I grew up in a bird-watching family and have passed the ornithology bug onto my husband. People think we’re nuts when we get excited about seeing a new bird.

  • Cristie April 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Darling blue birds! What an advantage to having property, many birds to watch an enjoy. We have a small city lot with lots of birds and sometimes I find myself wishing them away . . . that is so mean. Today I will look at my birds with more joy.

  • Maggy April 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    So cute! And very clever.

  • The Diva on a Diet April 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    These cupcakes are absolutely adorable and I love that they’re made with carrot cake batter. What a great idea to use the black sesame seeds for the eyes too!

  • Julie April 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    That’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! Sounds yummy too.

  • teresa April 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    SO cute! how fun, your property sounds lovely!

  • lisa April 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Those are so cute! Hope you’ll share photos of the baby birds too!

  • biz319 April 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I love cream cheese frosting – probably my favorite! So cute!

  • Barbara @moderncomfortfood April 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    How wonderful these are. It never occurred to me to combine my two favorite hobbies — birding and cooking — the way you have done so creatively here. Many thanks for this happy, smile inducing recipe. Stumbled.

  • Fuji Mama April 12, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Oh my goodness! How cute are those cupcakes!!! I LOVE the idea of piping little baby bluebirds on top. Perfect spring decor!!

  • Brian + Cheryl B. April 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Michelle, your Bluebird cupcakes just scored a perfect ten on the ‘cuteness’ test!!! πŸ˜€

  • Stephany April 13, 2010 at 1:42 am

    These are so freakin’ cute. I hope to one day attain such amazing baking skills.

  • Fresh Local and Best April 13, 2010 at 3:44 am

    I think it is simply wonderful that you build bird houses for the neighborhood birds! These cupcakes are very cute!

  • Lisa April 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    The cupcakes are adorable! Very clever decorating.

    I love to watch the birds that come to my yard since moving to the Pacific Northwest. We just have a small subdivision lot but I’ve seen hawks and an owl perched out back and a beautiful pheasant that stayed in a yard for a week or so one winter. We also have Bluebirds, bluejays, goldfinches and many other colorful varieties. There is always something going on outside my kitchen window.

    I haven’t had much luck with birdhouses though. Your babies sound wonderful!

  • Kayte April 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    So cute! These are really fun and pretty and springy and the case they sit on sounds perfectly delicious to me! No bluebirds for me yet…I think I was too late getting them out, I will keep watching.

  • Danielle April 20, 2010 at 5:07 am

    That is just too cute! We dont have much variety near my house….but the few that we have I enjoy. I use to breed and sell birds….and I loved seeing the babies.
    Your cupcakes are adorable!

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