Cherry Covered Chocolate Cupcakes

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Posted on 01/28/2013 by caketwins
Been doing a lot of baking recently, but these are the ones I want to share most.

Cherry-chocolate cupcakes with whipped cherry buttercream frosting, topped with a chocolate-covered cherries and mini chocolate chips.

For the Cupcakes
I made changes to my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe from Food and Wine.

Makes 24
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup juice from a jar of cherries
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup cherry flavored yogurt (not fruit-on-the-bottom kind)
1 teaspoon almond extract

Melt the butter with oil, water and cherry juice over low heat. Once butter is melted, remove from heat and allow to cool.

Line 2 tins with paper cups, preheat oven to 350F.

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the cooled butter mixture and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, yogurt and extract, beat until smooth. Fill tins 3/4 of the way full, then bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, then remove from tins to continue cooling.

For the Frosting
makes enough for 24 cupcakes, I think around 3 cups?

1 jar Maraschino cherries (the standard size, usually around 24 cherries?), drained and pat dry
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
Pinch salt
3 ½ cup confectioners sugar
½ tst. vanilla extract
4 oz Cool Whip topping (1/2 a tub)

Puree cherries. Beat butter and salt with a stand mixer until fluffy. Add cherry puree, powdered sugar and extract, mix until incorporated. It will be a dense, rich buttercream at this point. You can stop thee if you want! If you want it lighter and fluffier, fold in the Cool Whip. I used a whole tub and it came out too soft (almost didn't hold its shape) and the cherry flavor was too weak, so I recommend only using 1/2 of the tub.

The end!

I also made these this weekend and wanted to show them off, but since they're fried instead of baked I won't include the recipe.

Raspberry-filled Berliners!

avalanche_12 29th-Jan-2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
Definately going to have a go at making those cherry cupcakes! They look delicious, thanks for sharing =) x
caketwins 29th-Jan-2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Let me know how they turn out for you :)
nawilla 29th-Jan-2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Do you drain the cherries (and reserve the syrup for the cupcakes) before pureeing? Or is the cupcake cherry fluid from a separate jar?
caketwins 29th-Jan-2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, I drained the cherries and set them on a pile of paper towels to dry them out, actually. And the reserved juice was used for the batter. Good question, I'll have to add that in the instructions.
superbadgirl 29th-Jan-2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yum to both (well, except I loathe raspberries and would use a different filling...).

caketwins 29th-Jan-2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
I prefer strawberry in donuts, too but I let the little brother choose haha
cappyhead 29th-Jan-2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
You should post the recipe & picture of the berliners to food_porn. :)
caketwins 29th-Jan-2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
ohhh never posted there before :D maybe I will!
moldy_blues 30th-Jan-2013 06:19 am (UTC)
these look absolutely divine!
beautybash yum!30th-Jan-2013 06:53 am (UTC)
That looks great so going to try this out! Thanks for the post!
And i absolutly love cupcakes! (: Please check out my blog if you would like! (:

Edited at 2013-01-30 06:54 am (UTC)
prizewheel 30th-Jan-2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
These look totally delish..
babysix 1st-Feb-2013 07:17 am (UTC)
I agree they look gorgeous. I have cupcake envy.
love_spent 1st-Mar-2013 12:35 am (UTC)
love_spent 1st-Mar-2013 12:35 am (UTC)
delicious omg
lvashkov 1st-Mar-2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
SO good definitely gonna give this a shot~
rachelpage 8th-Mar-2013 06:11 am (UTC)

I love those Raspberry-filled Berliners
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