Linda Stahl: Hi! I'm Linda Stahl with Hershey's Kitchens. Today I'm going to be showing you how to make Easter basket cup cakes. First you want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and you'll need boiling water for this recipe. So you could either get your water on the stove and start to heat it or have it ready to go into the microwave.
You'll also need to line a two-and-a- half inch diameter cup cake pan with either paper or foil liners. Now the first thing we're going to do is mix together our dry ingredients.
So we're going to combine two cups sugar, one and three quarter cups all purpose flour, three quarter cup cocoa, one-and-a-half teaspoon baking soda, one-and-a-half teaspoons baking powder and one teaspoon salt. Okay, we are going to mix these together. Once we have the dry ingredients stirred together, we're going to add one half cup vegetable oil, one cup milk, two eggs and two teaspoons of vanilla. We'll beat this on low just to get the ingredients blended. Once everything is blended and wet, we're going to increase our beating speed to about medium and we'll beat this for about two minutes. Our batter has been beaten and we're ready to do the last step which is to stir in one cup of boiling water.
This will give you a cake batter, that is very thin, so don't let that make you think that you've made a mistake. Now that we have the water completely stirred in, we're ready to start filling the muffin cups. Now we're going to simply fill these about two-thirds full. This is approximately one-third of a cup. Our cup cake tin is filled, so they're ready to bake. They're going to go into the preheated 350 degree oven for 22 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center, comes out clean.
So our cup cakes are baked and cooled and I'm just going to be decorating three of them as an example to show you what you can do.
So the first thing we'll do is frost the tops of the cup cake, and it's up to you how much frosting you want to put on there, I always like to leave just a little bit of the cake edge showing. Our cup cakes are now ready to be decorated. We're going to first start by putting on some MOUNDS coconut flakes that have been tinted. I've already done these, so I've got various colors, that I would like to use and it's a very simple process, you can put about three quarters teaspoon water and three drops of food coloring into a plastic food storage bag, add about a cup or a cup and a quarter of the coconut flakes, shake it up until the color is even distributed throughout the coconut.
I always like to have a little bit of green. So I'm going to have one green basket, I'll do a little pink basket, just press that in there a little bit, so that it adheres to your frosting. All right, we are ready to decorate, I'm going to use some Cadbury mini eggs, I'm going to put some Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans on this one. One or two of the Hershey's candy coated milk chocolate eggs on this one.
And another thing that you can do is to add a little handle. To do that, take a twizzlers, strawberry twist candy piece and you can simply push the ends of it into your cup cake, like this to form your handle.
You can have a lot of fun with these. You can make some with handles and some without. So that's how you make Easter basket cup cakes. Enjoy.