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macarons topped with a nest made out of chocolate frosting, and cadbury eggs.

Nest Macarons

Nest Macarons filled with Cadbury Egg Buttercream, perfect for Easter, they are topped with a buttercream nest and Cadbury mini eggs.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easter, macarons
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 15 macarons
Calories 200 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Macaron Shells

  • 100 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 gram egg white powder *read note
  • 50 grams carton egg whites *read note
  • 50 grams fresh egg whites *read note
  • 105 grams almond flour
  • 105 grams powdered sugar
  • Food coloring I used Wedgewood, Yellow, and Pink.

Cadbury Egg Buttercream

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature 56 grams
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 191 grams
  • 1/3 cup powdered Cadbury mini eggs from about 2/3 cup whole candies
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tbsp milk

Chocolate Frosting (for the nest)

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter 56 grams
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder 30 grams
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar 191 grams
  • 2-4 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

To decorate

  • Mini Cadbury Eggs

Instructions

Macaron Shells

  1. Before you start, get all of the ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip, I use a 1/2” diameter tip. Set aside.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  3. Measure out all of the ingredients.
  4. Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour together. Set it aside.
  5. Place a bowl over a pan with barely simmering water, add the sugar and the egg white powder, if using, to the bowl. Then add both the fresh and the carton egg whites to the bowl. Reminding you to read the notes below, but basically you don’t need to add egg white powder, it is completely optional, and also, you can use 100% carton egg whites or 100% fresh whites if you don’t want to to half of each.
  6. The reason why I chose to use egg white powder in today’s recipe is also to make the meringue a bit stronger, since the carton egg whites often times produce a slightly soft meringue.
  7. Whisk the mixture until frothy and the sugar is completely melted. It will take a couple of minutes. You can test by touching the mixture between your fingers, and if you feel any sugar granules just keep whisking the mixture over the water bath.
  8. Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water because you don’t want the whites to cook.
  9. Also, don’t overheat the sugar syrup, this may cause issues down the line, such as wrinkly macarons.
  10. Transfer the syrup to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  11. With the whisk attachment, start whisking mixture on low for about 30 seconds, then gradually start increasing speed to medium. Whisk on medium for one to two minutes, until the mixture is white and starting to become fluffy. Raise the speed to medium-high and whisk for a few minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Best way to check this is to keep your eye on the whites. Once they get glossy and you start seeing streaks formed by the whisk, it might be time to stop.
  12. Whisk until stiff peaks have formed. When you pull your whip up, the peak should be stiff and shooting straight up, with possibly a slight bend at the top, but not bending down to the side.
  13. With the carton egg whites might take a bit longer than using 100% fresh egg whites to achieve the stiff peaks. And even when stiff peaks form, they might look a bit softer than they would if made with fresh whites. Adding the egg white powder and a bit of fresh whites can help with this though.
  14. Pour the sifted powdered sugar and almond flour into the stiff meringue.
  15. I made the batter into 3 different colors to make it fun. You can just make one color if you want to, but here are the instructions to make the multicolor shells from the same batch.
  16. Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula.
  17. As soon as you see no more dry ingredients in the meringue, stop stirring. Divide the batter between three different bowls (or however many bowls as you’d like).
  18. Work with one bowl at a time, leaving the other ones covered meanwhile.
  19. To the first batter I added a touch of wedgewood food coloring by americolor. You can also obtain this color adding a bit of royal blue food coloring and a touch of purple. Fold the batter until the perfect consistency is achieved.
  20. How to know when to stop folding the batter: It’s time to stop folding when the batter is glossy and has a thick and flowing consistency. There are several ways to test this.
  21. First, pick up some batter with the spatula and try to draw a figure 8 with the batter that is dripping off the spatula. If you can form several 8 figures without the batter breaking up, that’s one indication that it might be ready.
  22. There’s another test you can do. I call it the Teaspoon test.
  23. Grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto the parchment paper or silicon mat. Wait a minute to see how it behaves.
  24. If the batter stays stiff, forming a point and doesn’t spread out, fold a little bit more, about 3 folds. Test again.
  25. Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy and smooth on top, on the parchment paper or silicone mat, it’s ready.
  26. You don’t want your batter to be too runny either. So be careful not to over mix. It’s always best to under mix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
  27. When you hold the spatula with batter on top of the bowl and the batter falls off the spatula slowly but effortlessly the batter is ready. The batter will keep flowing off the spatula non-stop, but not too quickly.
  28. Transfer the batter to the piping bag. Seal the top with a bag tie so the batter doesn’t dry out.
  29. I did notice that the macarons made with carton egg whites require way less macaronage time, so this is something to have in mind because you don’t want the batter to be over mixed.
  30. Now, it’s time to work with the second batter. To this batter I added a bit of yellow food coloring, then fold until the perfect consistency is achieved, like I’ve explained above.
  31. Transfer the batter to another piping bag fitted with a round tip. Secure the top with a bag tie. Set aside.
  32. Now time to work with the final batter, I added a little bit of pink food coloring. Fold and then transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a round tip and secure the top with a bag tie.
  33. Place the piping bag directly 90 degrees over the center of each macaron template. Apply gentle pressure and carefully pipe for about 3 to 5 seconds, and then quickly pull the bag up twisting slightly. I made larger macarons to make the nests on top, I am providing a template for the larger circles on the blog, you can print them and place under your mat to pipe the shells. The circles measured 2.3”.
  34. Once you’ve piped as many circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter a few times each.

  35. Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles in the surface of the shells.
  36. Let the trays sit for a while so the shells will dry out a little bit. I usually leave about 20-40 minutes, depending on how humid the day is. Larger shells may take a bit longer to dry. You’ll know they’re ready when you gently touch the surface of a macaron and it seems dry.
  37. Pre-heat the oven to 325ºF.
  38. Bake one tray at a time.
  39. Bake for 5 minutes, rotate tray.
  40. I bake each tray for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  41. When baked, the macarons will have a deeper color and formed feet. If you try to move a macaron, it shouldn’t feel jiggly. If the macaron is still jiggly, keep baking.
  42. Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
  43. Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.
  44. You can also place a piece of foil or parchment paper halfway through baking to prevent the macarons from browning too much for the pastel colors.

Cadbury Egg Buttercream

  1. Put the Cadbury eggs in a small food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Beat the butter with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and powdered Cadbury eggs. Mix on low until ingredients are combined. Raise speed to medium high and beat for one minute.
  3. Add the milk if necessary and also the vanilla.
  4. Mix to combine.
  5. Add more milk if frosting seems too stiff, about 1/2 teaspoon at a time. And add some more sifted powdered sugar if the frosting needs to be thicker.
  6. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

Chocolate Frosting (for the nest)

  1. Start by sifting the powdered sugar, and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Add softened butter to the mixer bowl, and beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute.
  3. With the mixer off, add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and milk.
  4. Mix on low until dry ingredients are incorporated with the butter.
  5. Raise the speed to medium-high, and cream from 30 -60 seconds, until smooth.
  6. Add the vanilla and mix.
  7. The frosting should be smooth, thick, not too stiff. Add more milk if the frosting is too stiff, and add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too runny and you went overboard with the milk.
  8. Always remember the a little bit of liquid here goes a long way, so you don’t want to be adding too much milk to the frosting.
Transfer the chocolate frosting to a piping bag fitted with a small grass tip.

To assemble

  1. Pipe a bit of the Cadbury Egg Buttercream in the center of each macaron.
  2. Top with another shell.
  3. On the top shell, pipe a tall ring of the chocolate frosting using the grass tip to form a nest.
  4. Sprinkle some toasted coconut on top if desired to create a bit of texture.
  5. Place a few Cadbury mini eggs in the middle of the nest.
  6. Let the macarons mature in the fridge overnight before serving.

Storage

  1. Store the macarons in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

Egg white powder: Egg White Powder is not the same as meringue powder. Egg White Powder is made of only dehydrated egg whites. I am using it along with the carton and fresh egg whites to add more protein to the meringue, which will help whip a stronger meringue. It is totally optional, you don’t have to use it.

Egg Whites: I am using 50% carton egg whites and 50% fresh egg whites, this was made as an experiment to try and incorporate more carton egg whites to my macaron recipes in order to reduce yolk waste. I’ve made macarons with 100% carton egg whites and no addition of egg white powder here, you can read all about it. Adding fresh whites and also egg white powder to the meringue helped create a more stable stronger meringue, that produced full, sturdy shells.

To substitute: Use only 100% of fresh egg whites if desired, which would be 100 grams. Also feel free to skip the egg white powder, or use it if you want to. Whether you use egg white powder or not, you don’t have to alter the amount of whites.

Vinegar: Before starting make sure to wipe down the bowls, whisks, silicone mats and everything you are going to use with vinegar, to avoid any grease particles of coming into contact with the meringue and batter.

Food coloring: Make sure to use gel food coloring, not liquid. I love Americolor. If you are a beginner macaron baker, I recommend going easy on the food coloring, as it can alter your batter a lot, and it can take extra mixing time, specially if you continue to add the food coloring as you do the macaronage.

Scale: Please use a scale when measuring the ingredients for accuracy.

Macaron amount: it will vary greatly depending on how big you pipe the shells, and on how runny or thick the batter is.

Baking time/temperature: Baking time and temperature will vary according to your own oven. I recommend experimenting with your oven to find out the best time, temperature, position of the baking tray.

Oven thermometer: Make sure to have an oven thermometer to bake macarons. It’s one of the most important things about making macarons. Home ovens aren’t accurate at all at telling the temperature, and even a slight 5 degree difference can make or break your whole batch.

Tray rotation: Lots of bakers don’t have to rotate the trays 180 degrees in the oven every 5 minutes, but I do have to with my oven, or I will get lopsided macarons. Please adjust this according to your oven.

Macaron Tools: Please visit this post to check out all the tools I use to make macarons.

Nutrition Facts
Nest Macarons
Amount Per Serving (1 macaron)
Calories 200
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.