Sea Salt Caramel Easter Cupcakes

Sea Salt Caramel Easter Cupcakes

SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate
PREP
20 min
BAKE
25 min

Ingredients

2 cupsgranulated sugar (500 mL)
1 3/4 cupsall-purpose flour (425 mL)
3/4 cupHERSHEY'S Cocoa (175 mL)
1 1/2 tspbaking powder (7 mL)
1 1/2 tspbaking soda (7 mL)
1 tspsalt (5 mL)
2 eggs (2)
1 cupmilk (250 mL)
1/2 cupvegetable oil (125 mL)
2 tspvanilla extract (10 mL)
1 cupboiling water (250 mL)
1/2 cupHERSHEY'S CHIPITS Sea Salt Caramel Chips (125 mL)
EASTER EGG BASKET:
1 tubcreamy vanilla ready-to-spread frosting (16 oz/500 g)
1 1/3 cupssweetened coconut flakes, tinted (325 mL)
Assorted HERSHEY'S Easter Candies (Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans, HERSHEY'S EGGIES Candy, HERSHEY'S KISSES, Whoppers Robin Eggs Candy)
10 Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, halved

Directions

    1. Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 20 muffin cups (2 1/2-inch/6 cm in diameter) with paper baking cups.

    2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large mixing bowl; add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Using electric mixer, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Fill muffin cups two-thirds full with batter.

    3. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Immediately sprinkle heaping teaspoonful (5 mL) of Chipits Sea Salt Caramel Chips onto each cupcake; spread when melted. Let cool completely on rack.

    4. Easter Egg Baskets: Frost each cupcake with 2 tbsp (30 mL) vanilla frosting. Sprinkle each cupcake with 1 tbsp (15 mL) tinted coconut to form nest; arrange assorted candy in each nest.

    5. Insert toothpick into each end of strawberry twists; press both ends down into side of each cupcake, bending to form handle.

    Tips:
    ● Garnish with chopped toasted pistachios if desired.
    ● To tint coconut, combine several drops green food colouring with 3/4 tsp (4 mL) water; stir into 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) sweetened shredded coconut until evenly tinted. Repeat using blue, pink or yellow food colouring. Alternatively, substitute toasted coconut.
    ● Adults should supervise children when preparing this recipe.
    ● Remove toothpicks before serving.

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