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How To Make Basket Weave Cupcakes with Bird Nests

Learning how to create these Basket Weave cupcakes with Bird Nests, is not only fun, it’s not difficult. These adorable cupcakes only use two decorating tips and are perfect for Spring or Easter!

This delicious recipe was first published 4/2017 and has been updated to improve the reader experience.

Three cupcakes on a cake stand that are decorated with white basketweave under a piped birdnest and three candy eggs. The stand sits on a soft green napkin and additional candy eggs are sprinkled around the photo.

Basket Weave cupcakes make the perfect perch for these cute little bird nest cupcakes. They’re perfect for spring, Easter, or just because.

There are so many reasons that I decorate cakes and cupcakes. Reasons like just because or just to make someone happy. I have so much fun doing it that when I have time, I can just get lost “playing”.

This basket weave technique always impresses people and the birds nests are just so cute. Who wouldn’t love these Basket Weave Cupcakes with those cute little bird nests?

Close up of hree cupcakes on a cake stand that are decorated with white basketweave under a piped birdnest and three candy eggs. The stand sits on a soft green napkin and additional candy eggs are sprinkled around the photo.

You may need

  • 12-cup Non-stick muffin pan – I love these muffin pans and have three of them so I can get them all filled and baked at once. They’re great for egg cups too!
  • Decorating Tips – This set of two is all you will need for this cupcake but if you’re just getting started this is a nice beginner kit.
  • Gel-Based Food Color – A little bit goes a long way and the colors are pure. Best of all they can be consumed with people that have peanut allergies like my little baking buddy next door.
  • 3-Tier Cupcake holder and Cake carrier – This baby holds 36 cupcakes. It’s great when you have to transfer a cake or cupcakes or to just store at home.
Two decorating tips that are used to make the buttercream basket weave and bird nests.

What tips should I use?

Tips to make Basket Weave Cupcakes with Bird Nests

  1. Basket Weave tips

    I started with a basket design made with a #47 decorating tip and White Butter Cream frosting mixed to a medium-thick consistency.

    If your consistency isn’t thick enough, you will lose your lines in the weave and if it’s too thick it’s difficult to squeeze through the decorating tip. If you stood a spatula into a container and shook it slightly, it would begin to lean but not just flop over.

  2. Bird nests tips

    For the bird nests, I used a #233 tip and colored my frosting with gel paste food color. It’s also good to know that your color will intensify as it sits so I usually go a bit lighter knowing this. You can make your nests as large or small as you want. No two bird nests are alike!

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Tip #47 with the smooth side next to the cupcake pipe a stripe vertically down the center of the cupcake.
  2. Turn the cupcake so center line runs horizontally. Make short hatch lines over the center stripe (like football laces)
  3. Turn the cupcake vertically again and make another stripe over the ends of the short lines.
  4. Turn horizontally again and from the empty spaces next to the center line, pipe over the second vertical line.
  5. Repeat until the top is covered.

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Cupcake Decorating Tips

  • All ingredients should be at room temperature. (cupcakes and buttercream)
  • Make sure you don’t overfill your cupcakes. You want a level cupcake. If they dome, slice the top flat and immediately eat the cake so you have enough energy to decorate them. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the top to seal in the crumbs.
  • Cupcakes can be made ahead of time and frozen prior to decorating. I do this if I’m making them for a big event. Just make sure they return to room temp prior to decorating.
  • Buttercream can be made up to two weeks ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. I don’t color it until I’m getting ready to use it. Again, make sure that it returns to room temperature.
  • Frosted cupcakes can be made the day before you need them. Just store them at room temperature. They don’t need refrigerated if you don’t use eggs in your frosting. A little milk will stabilize and be fine to leave out.

I hope to bring you more tutorials on other techniques. Most of them are quite easy once you’ve seen how they’re done. If there are some that you’ve seen and would like to see them here, I’d love it if you would let me know.

4 grid photo showing 4 different ways to decorate basketweave cupcakes including 1. Basketweave 2. Shamrock with a flour 3. Nest and candy eggs, 4. Spring flowers.

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Three cupcakes on a cake stand that are decorated with white basketweave under a piped birdnest and three candy eggs. The stand sits on a soft green napkin and additional candy eggs are sprinkled around the photo.

Buttercream for Basket Weave Cupcakes

Author: Hostess At Heart
This basic buttercream frosting is perfect for spreading on cakes and cookies or for piping decoration techniques.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Basket Weave Cupcakes, Bird Nest Cupcakes



  • Combine shortening, water, and extract into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Blend on medium-high until blended and becomes shiny (up to 5 minutes).
  • Add powdered sugar and *meringue powder. Blend until combined.
  • Add additional water or milk to thin the buttercream if necessary


Recipe adapted from Wilton Decorating Basics method course. 
Meringue powder is made up of dehydrated eggs.  Leave it out if you want these cupcakes to sit out or if you follow a special diet.
It’s important to mix the shortening until it becomes shiny! 
Buttercream can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

When I posted a White Chocolate Irish Cream cupcake that I made for my Mother-In-Law’s birthday. I posted the pictures of what they looked like and promised a tutorial on how I did it.

I’ve always enjoyed decorating cakes and cupcakes, and when I was very young I wanted to give it a try. My success was pretty hilarious. I covered the entire cake with royal frosting stars. What I didn’t realize is that when royal frosting dries it turns hard. If you buy those hard cake decorations that say things like Happy Birthday, that is royal frosting. It took a while to live that one down. It also took a while to break into that cake!

Whether you’re making Easter cupcakes or celebrating life, it’s all about having fun and enjoying yourself. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

Recipe Rating


Tuesday 26th of May 2020

The grandkids love helping to bake and decorate these cupcakes


Saturday 6th of April 2019

This is such a cute Idea for spring cupcakes

Julie Menghini

Sunday 14th of April 2019

Thank you!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 7th of April 2019

Thank you, Misbah!


Friday 5th of April 2019

Love this.... so cute

Julie Menghini

Sunday 7th of April 2019

Thank you, Christine! Are you a cake decorator?

Diane Baker

Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

I think I may actually be able to make these thanks to your great video ;) So cute!! Perfect for Spring and Easter!!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 4th of April 2019

I hope you'll give it a try, Diane! Thank you!


Monday 17th of April 2017

These are so cute, Julie!

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