Baskets and Bunnies Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY?S Cocoa or HERSHEY?S
    Dutch Processed Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 3/4 cups (10-oz. pkg.) MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes, (tinted) *
    Suggested garnishes: Marshmallows, HERSHEY?S MINI CHOCOLATE KISSES, licorice, jelly beans
    Chenille wire
  • Creamy Vanilla Frosting
  • 1/3 cup softened butter or margarine
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Directions

    Heat oven to 350°. Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. In large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 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 2/3 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 bending chenille wire to resemble Easter basket handle or shape into bunny ears and add a face with candies. Makes about 33 cupcakes.
    *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.
    Creamy Vanilla Frosting
    In medium bowl, beat butter or margarine. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and vanilla extract; beat well. Add 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency. Makes about 2 cups frosting.

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