Merry Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes

Merry Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes by Back For Seconds http://backforseconds.com #christmas #cupcakes

Merry Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes by Back For Seconds http://backforseconds.com #christmas #cupcakes

Before we get to the cupcakes, I’d love to have you click here to view my About Me page.  I don’t know why but I was SO NERVOUS about writing this and sharing it with everyone. However, I realized that I connect a lot better with other bloggers when I know more about them, so hopefully after reading this, you will feel like we’re old friends ;) If you do read it, I’d love if you would comment over there – it might help me feel less scared and exposed!

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! Merry Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes by Back For Seconds http://backforseconds.com #christmas #cupcakes
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!

Merry Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes by Back For Seconds http://backforseconds.com #christmas #cupcakes

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 by Back For Seconds http://backforseconds.com #christmas #cupcakes

Merry Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes

Serves 24
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 14 minutes
Total time 24 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet
Moist and fluffy cherry chocolate cupcakes topped with a cherry cream cheese frosting. Lip smacking good!!



  • 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)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350*
Step 2
In a large bowl beat together butter, mayo, and sugars until smooth.
Step 3
Add in the cocoa and cherry juice and mix well.
Step 4
Add the salt, eggs, and milk and mix until well combined.
Step 5
Gradually add in the soda, baking powder, and flour. Once combined mix on high for one minute.
Step 6
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.
Step 7
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.

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  1. celeste meehan says

    hi, stephanie!
    i’m looking forward to making these cupcakes. i’ve cooked with mayonnaise before, and the result was wonderful.
    as a mom of many angel babies, and two beautiful adopted children, i appreciate your post. each and every one of us is vulnerable in our own way – thank you for sharing what makes you human. we laugh, we cry, we sing!
    i wish you & yours a very merry christmas, and many blessings for the new year.

  2. says

    They are so cute! I love those liners. And I like that the recipe only calls for the cherry syrup, so you can use the cherries on something else.

  3. says

    I just read your About Me page as well and wanted to comment, but there was no form. So, I guess I’ll comment here!

    I love ‘getting to know’ other bloggers! And we actually have quite a bit in common: baby giggles, chocolate and peanut butter, naturally curly hair, etc. Although it looks like you take better care of your hair than I do…:)

  4. says

    These cupcakes look really amazing! I love anything chocolate & cherry. I’ll have to try that mayo trick the next time I make cake or cupcakes. Have a beautiful week :)

  5. says

    i enjoyed your about me page Stephanie! Sometimes I feel vulnerable being an author of a blog, but that’s just what we get for having a blog on the internet for the entire world to see. It just comes with the territory. These cupcakes are adorable – chocolate and cherries (any berry, really) are a wonderful combo – love the accidentally pink tinted icing from the juice. :)

  6. says

    I’d say these cupcakes would certainly make me merry! So pretty and they sound so delicious! I love using the juice from the cherries. And I love the pink frosting with the chocolate cupcakes. I bet your daughter was very happy!

  7. says

    I’m sure everyone will be back for seconds!! Your food looks delicious!! We would like to invite you to a blog hop! We are co-hosting with Adorned From Above. We would love to have you link up. The party is live and will run through Sunday. You can link up at thebusybhive.blogspot.com
    Hope to see you there!
    Joye & Myrna
    The Busy Bee’s

  8. says

    These cupcakes are wonderful. I love the combination of chocolate and cherry so I know I would love these. They look amazing. You did a good job at decorating them. Thank you for sharing on Marvelous Mondays. I will be featuring these on my blog at tomorrow’s party.

    Have a great weekend!


  9. says

    Your blog is great, and these cupcakes are awesome, so you don’t have reason to be nervous about anything.
    I’ve featured this cupcakes on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I will remove it.
    All the best and keep up with your writing!

  10. Tasha says

    I am providing the desserts for my parents Christmas eve party this year, and I think these cupcakes were just added to my list! Thanks for posting it.

    Your About Me made me smile.

  11. says

    Hi Stephanie!

    I enjoyed reading about you…and I know that I will enjoy trying your recipes! I will probably do a review on some of them on my blog, but will definitely link to your webpage for the recipe.

    May you always have fun blogging, parenting, and being a help-meet for your husband…and do it with excellence as unto the Lord!


  12. Kristen says

    I made these last weekend for a friend’s daughters bday party. I did not personally eat one but she enjoyed a lot! She said these were chocolatey and moist! Thanks for the recipe.

  13. Jessica Je says

    Can you clarify the flour to use. I assumed it was 1 3/4 cups and the space didn’t occur. I baked these today, can’t wait to try them. I did notice that the centers dropped while cooling, has anyone else had this problem??

    Thank you


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