Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

These soft chocolate cherry cupcakes are made from scratch, using maraschino cherries and they are also stuffed with fudgy cherry truffles.

*Thank you Nielsen Massey Vanillas for sponsoring this post so that I can develop this chocolate cherry cupcakes recipe. As always, all opinions are my own.*

My mom always says that your food is only as GOOD as the ingredients you use.

The better your ingredients, the better your food will taste!

I never fully understood this bit of WISDOM until I became obsessed with baking 😉

You can have that popular recipe from a famous pastry chef or that top secret family recipe…

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BUT if you don’t use high quality ingredients, I guarantee your recipe will not turn out right.

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When it comes to making cakes and cupcakes, I am very FUSSY!

I use the best quality of butter, cocoa powder, eggs, chocolate and extracts I can find.

They are totally WORTH it and make a difference 🙂

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Speaking of ingredients, my latest discovery is Nielsen-Massey’s Tahitian vanilla extract.

It has a WONDERFUL fruity cherry flavor, which reminds me of flowers and Spring time! lol

For these delicious chocolate cherry cupcakes, I used a combination of Tahitian and Mexican vanilla extracts.

Those two Nielsent-Massey extracts worked together harmoniously to really ENHANCE the flavor and aroma of these cupcakes! 😀

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Initially, I was thinking of using fresh cherries but who can resist maraschino cherries? 😉

So, I used maraschino cherry juice in the cupcakes and I also STUFFED a cherry in each chocolate truffle that I placed in the center of each cupcake…YUM!

If you are a FAN of cherries and chocolate, you should make these cupcakes ASAP!

They have the PERFECT balance of chocolate and cherry flavors.

They are also very SOFT, thanks to the use of greek yogurt.

Now, I will be the first to admit that these cupcakes take a bit LONGER to prepare but you can divide the work over a couple of days, if you like.

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On their own, these chocolate cherry cupcakes are NOT too sweet.

That’s why they pair so nicely with with fudgy coconut cream chocolate frosting.

Since I am fond of cupcake decorating (hehehe!), I used the star tip to make pretty chocolate swirls and topped everything off with a red cherry!

To make these chocolate cherry cupcakes, you will need the following ingredients:

Cupcakes:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup greek yogurt
2/3 cup Maraschino Cherry juice (from the jar of cherries)
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp Nielsen-Massey’s Tahitian vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Nielsen-Massey’s Mexican vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cherry truffle filling:
3 cups dark chocolate chips
1 cup condensed milk
1/2 tsp Nielsen-Massey’s Tahitian vanilla extract
15 Maraschino cherries

Decoration:
Fudgy chocolate frosting
15 Maraschino cherries

Notes:
– This recipe yields about 15 cupcakes.
– The cupcake batter is really thick. Don’t worry about it. Just don’t over-mix!
– Once you pour the batter into cupcake liners, let the cupcakes sit on the countertop for 10 minutes before you start baking them. This resting time helps these cupcakes rise better.

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Step 2:
Then, add eggs and extracts and mix until just combined.

Step 3:
Add yogurt and cherry juice and mix again.

Step 4:
Now, in a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.

Step 5:
Dump the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
Don’t over-mix! The batter will be very thick.

Step 6:
Pour this batter into cupcake liners and let the tray sit on the countertop for 10 minutes.

Step 7:
Then, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Step 8:
While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the chocolate frosting.

Step 9:
Also, prepare the chocolate cherry truffles…
Melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.
Add condensed milk and vanilla extract and mix until you have a thick mixture.
Chill this mixture in the fridge for 45 minutes.
Then, scoop out small portions of the mixture and roll them into little balls with a cherry stuffed in the center.
Place these truffles on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Step 10:
When the cupcakes have cooled down, use an apple corer or big piping tip to make a hole in the center of the cupcake.

Step 11:
Place a chocolate truffle in this hole.

Step 12:
Then, frost your cupcakes with chocolate icing and top it all off with a cherry.

And you are done… Enjoy!

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Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Cupcakes
 
These soft chocolate cherry cupcakes are made from scratch, using maraschino cherries and they are also stuffed with fudgy cherry truffles.
Ingredients
Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup greek yogurt
  • ⅔ cup Maraschino Cherry juice (from the jar of cherries)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp Nielsen-Massey’s Tahitian vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp Nielsen-Massey’s Mexican vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
Cherry truffle filling:
  • 3 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • ½ tsp Nielsen-Massey’s Tahitian vanilla extract
  • 15 Maraschino cherries
Decoration:
  • Fudgy chocolate frosting
  • 15 Maraschino cherries
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Then, add eggs and extracts and mix until just combined.
  3. Add yogurt and cherry juice and mix again.
  4. Now, in a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Dump the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined. Don’t over-mix! The batter will be very thick.
  6. Pour this batter into cupcake liners and let the tray sit on the countertop for 10 minutes.
  7. Then, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the chocolate frosting.
Also, prepare the chocolate cherry truffles…
  1. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add condensed milk and vanilla extract and mix until you have a thick mixture.
  3. Chill this mixture in the fridge for 45 minutes. Then, scoop out small portions of the mixture and roll them into little balls with a cherry stuffed in the center.
  4. Place these truffles on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. When the cupcakes have cooled down, use an apple corer or big piping tip to make a hole in the center of the cupcake.
  6. Place a chocolate truffle in this hole.
  7. Then, frost your cupcakes with chocolate icing and top it all off with a cherry.
  8. And you are done… Enjoy!
Notes
– This recipe yields about 15 cupcakes.
– The cupcake batter is really thick. Don’t worry about it. Just don’t over-mix!
– Once you pour the batter into cupcake liners, let the cupcakes sit on the countertop for 10 minutes before you start baking them. This resting time helps these cupcakes rise better.

Well, that’s all for today.

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Until next time, tata my lovelies!

*Thank you Nielsen Massey Vanillas for sponsoring this post so that I can develop this chocolate cherry cupcakes recipe. As always, all opinions are my own.*

2 Comments

  1. Laura Dembowski

    March 12, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I totally agree on using the best ingredients possible. And when the results turn out like this? Even better. I’m up for anything cherry.

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      March 12, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      I have been on a chocolate/cherry kick lately. Anything I bake has been getting a splash of cherry in it…lol

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