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Santa Hat Topped Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Santa Hat Topped Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
  • 2 tablespoons (one 1-oz. bottle) red food color
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 - 2 cans (about 16 oz. each) ready-to-spread vanilla frosting or your favorite homemade frosting
  • Red and green colored sugars
  • 28 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies or HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
  • *To sour milk: Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to milk to make 1 cup.

Directions

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

  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl; add eggs and vanilla, beating well. Stir together buttermilk and food color. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; add alternately to butter mixture with buttermilk mixture, mixing well. Stir in baking soda and vinegar. Fill muffin cups about 1/2 full with batter.

  3. Bake about 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean.
    Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

  4. Set aside about 3/4 cup frosting; frost cupcakes with remaining frosting. Generously sprinkle tops of frosted cupcakes with green or red colored sugars. Remove wrappers from candies. Place reserved frosting in heavy duty (freezer) resealable food storage bag. Cut off one corner of bag about 1/4 inch from point. Squeeze quarter-sized dollop of frosting onto top of cupcake; push a HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy Cane Mint Candy or HERSHEY’S KISSES Milk Chocolate into center of dollop so that frosting comes up around bottom edge of candy piece forming the "fur" cuff of Santa's hat. Place small dab of frosting on tip of candy piece to finish hat. Makes about 28 cupcakes.