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HERSHEY'S Easter Basket Cupcakes Recipe


37 minutes
Skill Level
33 cupcakes

Where creativity meets Easter cupcakes. Allow your imagination to run wild with this HERSHEY'S Easter Basket Cupcakes Recipe. Try them today!

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
15 minutes
Bake Time
22 minutes


  • 2 cups
    sugar (500 mL)
  • 1 3/4 cups
    all-purpose flour (425 mL)
  • 3/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa (175 mL)
  • 1 1/2 tsps
    baking powder (7 mL)
  • 1 1/2 tsps
    baking soda (7 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    salt (5 mL)
  • 2
  • 1 cup
    milk (250 mL)
  • 1/2 cup
    vegetable oil (125 mL)
  • 2 tsps
    vanilla extract (10 mL)
  • 1 cup
    boiling water (250 mL)
  • 1 can
    creamy vanilla ready-to-spread frosting (16 oz.) (500 g)
  • 3 3/4 cups
    sweetened coconut flakes, tinted* (925 mL)
  • Nest Decorations:
  • Assorted HERSHEY'S Easter Candies (JOLLY RANCHER Jolly Beans, WHOPPERS ROBIN EGGS Candy)


Equipment Needed 
oven Oven
muffin tin Muffin Tin
paper baking cups Paper Baking Cups
measuring cups Measuring Cups
mixing bowl Mixing Bowl
mixer Mixer

Heat oven to 350°F (180° C). Line muffin cups (2-1/2" - 6 cm 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 2/3 full with batter.


Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.


To make Easter baskets, frost each cupcake with vanilla frosting. Immediately make "nest" on top of each cupcake with tinted coconut; place HERSHEY'S EGGIES Candy and other assorted HERSHEY'S Easter Candies (JOLLY RANCHER Jolly Beans, WHOPPERS ROBIN EGGS Candy) in nests.


* To tint coconut, combine several drops green food colouring with 3/4 tsp (4 mL) water; add to 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) coconut. Stir until evenly tinted. Repeat using blue, pink or yellow food colouring.


For handle, insert wooden pick in each end of strawberry twists; press down into each side of each cupcake, bending to form handle.**


** Adults should supervise children when preparing this recipe. Remove wooden picks before serving.