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HERSHEY'S Easter Basket Cupcakes


2 hours
Skill Level
36 cupcakes

Surprise your favorite little bunnies with a special treat this Easter. Chocolate cupcakes and creamy vanilla frosting serve as the base of these mini Easter baskets, while TWIZZLERS, JOLLY RANCHER, CADBURY, HERSHEY'S and WHOPPERS Candies make perfect decorations.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
45 minutes
Bake Time
23 minutes
Cool Time
45 minutes


  • 2 cups
  • 1 3/4 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsps
    baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 2
  • 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup
    vegetable oil
  • 2 tsps
    vanilla extract
  • 1 cup
    boiling water
  • sweetened coconut flakes, (tinted)*
  • suggested garnishes HERSHEY'S MINI KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates, TWIZZLERS licorice, JOLLY RANCHER JOLLY BEANS Jellybeans, CADBURY'S Mini Eggs Candy, HERSHEY'S Candy Coated Milk Chocolate Eggs, WHOPPERS Mini Robin Egg


Equipment Needed 
Oven Oven
Muffin Cup TIn 2-1/2-Inch Muffin Cup TIn
Muffin Cups Muffin Cups
Mixing Bowl Mixing Bowl
Mixer Mixer
Measuring Cups Measuring Cups
Wire Rack Wire Rack
Bowl Bowl

Heat oven to 350°F. Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.


Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Fill muffin cups 1/2 full with batter.


Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Prepare Creamy Vanilla Frosting; frost cupcakes. Immediately press desired color tinted coconut onto each cupcake. Garnish as desired to resemble Easter basket.

Creamy Vanilla Frosting: Beat 1/3 cup softened butter or margarine in medium bowl. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract; beat well. Add 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar alternately with 1/4 cup milk, beating to spreading consistency. About 2 cups frosting.

Note: To tint coconut, combine several drops desired color food color with 3/4 teaspoon water; add to 1-1/2 cups coconut. Stir until evenly tinted.

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