Party Panache, Spring Bird’s Nest Cake

A little creative cake baking today

When I wasn’t able to get the chocolate eggs

I wanted for this bird’s nest cake

I had to put my thinking cap on…

A simple chocolate bundt cake

With salted caramel drizzle


After 1 hour in the refrigerator, the caramel disappeared into the cake

A small overturned cup will support the eggs I’m going to put in the center

Brown sugar icing will secure the “nest”


The boys haven’t dyed eggs yet so I simply painted 3 with watercolor and gauche

A few dark splatters to make them look like robin’s eggs

A fresh crisp green lettuce leaf will hold the eggs

This nest base can be easily removed when it’s time to slice the cake

The nest is garnished with grated carrots and pretzel sticks

The brown sugar icing holds the pretzels in place

More creative fun in the kitchen!


This is such a fun cake to make and serve for Spring and Easter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Decorating Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • Bundt pan


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix {I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge}
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons butter melted
  • Salted Caramel dessert sauce

Brown Sugar Icing

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar divided


  • salted pretzel sticks
  • 3 colored eggs
  • lettuce leaf {I used part of a romaine leaf}
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots


  • Combine cake mix with butter, buttermilk. Turn mixer on and mix, adding eggs one at a time and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Spray bundt pan evenly with cooking oil or baking spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake according to package directions, checking often near the end of baking time, do not over bake.
  • Let cake cool 10 minutes. Invert cake onto plate and poke all over with a bamboo skewer. Slowly pour caramel sauce over cake. Place cake in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Brown Sugar Icing

  • Make icing by melting butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add cream and brown sugar. Stirring constantly bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and let icing cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Place cooled icing into mixing bowl and add 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat until incorporated. Continue to add more powdered sugar to reach desired consistency. You want the icing to be thick enough to sit on cake and slightly drizzle down the sides.


  • Place a small glass or container upside down in the cake center. Top cake with a fresh crisp lettuce leaf.
  • Place eggs on leaf. Place pretzel sticks on icing around lettuce leaf, and around eggs on leaf. Garnish “nest” with grated carrots.
Keyword birds nest cake, bundt cake, chocolate cake, chocolate caramel cake, decorated cake, dessert, Easter, easy cake, Spring

Stay safe and well, and

bake yourself a little treat for Easter!

🥕 🥚 🐇 🥚🥕

34 Responses to “Party Panache, Spring Bird’s Nest Cake”
  1. Mary says:

    Yum Jenna! Love your creativity with the lettuce leaf and painted eggs ♥

  2. Really amazing Easter cake decorating idea!! Stay safe, greetings from Greece!! 🙂

  3. Jenna, I know the boys will love your creation and it looks so delicious. I can never resist salted caramel. During these times, I am being creative in the kitchen! Happy Thursday!

    • The other day my son went on a grocery run and was able to buy asparagus, we were so excited! It’s funny how things we used to take for granted we now appreciate!!

  4. Michelle says:

    This is absolutely adorable!! So creative!

  5. Kitty says:

    I love your creative bird’s nest bundt cake, Jenna! I can’t wait to get back to baking. I’ve been too busy sewing masks and am about “masked” out!!

  6. This cake is visually stunning…I wonder if you couldn’t caramelize the carrots lightly so they will keep longer. I know shredded carrots will shrivel pretty quickly…and maybe the pretzels too…so pretty, we usually have carrot cake for Easter. I don’t have the ingredients for it now…but, then I’m not having any company anyway! Have a Happy Hoppy Day, Sandi

    • Thanks Sandi! The decorations on this cake are really just for original presentation as the “nest” including the carrots is removed when serving and the pretzels get soft quickly. Sorry you can’t make your carrot cake this year!

  7. says:

    Now if that isn’t just the cutest cake ever Jenna! So dang adorable. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. Oh, I wish I’d put pretzels on my Instacart list! That’s just darling!

  9. It turned out cute Jenna! Happy Easter Weekend:@)

  10. Rosie M. says:

    Hi, Jenna! Beautiful cake! You are sooooo creative! I’d love to be serving this to the family this weekend, but all has been cancelled, and I’m so sad the 9 grands and their folks will not be coming over for our usual Easter dinner. I’ll tuck this recipe away for next year. I have a feeling all the celebrations after this terrible time will take on extra special meaning for everyone. Take care, and enjoy your Easter!

  11. thefrenchhutch says:

    How creative indeed! Cake looks delicious and I love the bird’s nest. The eggs turned out really pretty. Enjoy…….

  12. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, your cake is perfectly beautiful! It looks delicious, too! The bird’s nest is adorable. Happy Easter weekend!

  13. pattyanneart says:

    Very creative and super cute, Jenna!!

  14. Deb cantales says:

    Jenna, so festive and I’m sure delicious. I can never resist salted caramel!

  15. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh how smart was that! Love the nest idea and those eggs are BEAUTIFUL! I am more of a pie eater, but wouldn’t be able to resist the triple chocolate fudge with caramel! Yum! The turquoise plate is pretty too! Happy Easter Jenna! 🛐🐇🥀

  16. Pattie says:

    Isn’t it amazing just how clever we become when up against a wall? This cake is so pretty and so cleverly assembled. I would never have thought to use the pretzels and full-size eggs, but it looks just great!

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