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I don’t post cupcake recipes very often – I’m not sure why. I mean, we all love a good cupcake, right? When I made these with my little girl a couple weeks ago, I knew I had to share them with you. Not only are they lip-smacking good, but they are Merry Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes. so perfect for Christmastime!
The flavors in these little gems are the perfect combination of rich intense chocolate, and bright sweet cherry. The cake on it’s own is so incredibly moist and fragrant, I almost didn’t want to frost them. The secret ingredient is what makes them so moist…mayonnaise. I’m sorry. I know it sounds awful, but trust me on this one, ok? Just the right balance of butter (for richness and flavor) and mayo (for a moist and fluffy texture) makes these a cherry chocolate dream come true!
I said I almost didn’t want to frost these…but then I imagined how heavenly a cherry cream cheese frosting would be and I couldn’t resist! I usually am a chocolate frosting kind of girl. Vanilla and buttercream frostings tend to be too sweet for my liking. Over the last year or so I started adding cream cheese to all of my white frostings to help cut the sweetness, and let me tell ya – it’s socrazygood! For this particular frosting I also added the juice from the jar of cherries that was left after adding some to the cake. The texture is smooth and creamy and the flavor is bright and fruity. A very merry compliment to the cake! Add these to the list of goodies to make this Christmas. They are sure to spread holiday cheer!
Merry Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||14 minutes|
|Total time||24 minutes|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Gourmet|
- 6 tablespoons butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cups cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup cherry juice (from a jar of maraschino cherries)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 13/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 8oz cream cheese (softened)
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3-5 tablespoons cherry juice (from a jar of maraschino cherries)
|Preheat oven to 350*|
|In a large bowl beat together butter, mayo, and sugars until smooth.|
|Add in the cocoa and cherry juice and mix well.|
|Add the salt, eggs, and milk and mix until well combined.|
|Gradually add in the soda, baking powder, and flour. Once combined mix on high for one minute.|
|Place 24 liners into cupcake pans and fill with cake batter 2/3 of the way. Bake about 14 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Let cool on racks completely before frosting.|
|Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add in powdered sugar and beat really well. Pour in cherry juice one TBS at a time and continue beating until it reaches the desired consistency. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Top each cupcake with a cherry. |
Store leftovers in the refrigerator.