I call these Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes, you could call these Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes, or even Schwarzwaldkuchen Cupcakes, if you really wanted to.
No matter what you call them the classic flavor combination is wonderful!
Knowing I wanted to play up the delicious cherry flavor for summer, I thought this should be a no brainer. This cupcake is simply my little spin on this great flavor combination.
You guys can’t believe how this little cupcake adventure played out!
While I was in the process of making the cupcakes I came to find out my guys don’t like chunks of fruit in their desserts; unless it’s bananas! What? Can you believe that? No fruit chunks!!
I just don’t get it but whatever…
Mini chocolate chips are an easy and delicious topping for those that don’t necessarily want fruit on the top of their cupcakes. That group of people would definitely include my youngest son who has lots of issues with texture.
I could write a book on what on what this boy will and will not eat! Anyhoo, let’s get back to the cupcakes.
Whether you top the cupcakes with mini chocolate chips or maraschino cherries is up to you. They’re both very good. 🙂
In case you’re wondering how the whole cupcake escapade turned out, keep reading for the quick recap.
Alpha Male: Ate one cupcake and loved the flavor! He thought he deserved an Oscar for acting as though the microscopic pieces of cherry didn’t bother him. Of course they did! He then quickly reminded me he usually doesn’t eat anything with cherries in it.
All-American Kid: Loved the flavor and look! Rather quickly after eating his two cupcakes he told me the only reason people eat cupcakes is to have something to put frosting on. He was quite shocked I didn’t know that. What? Then he asked me when I’m going to make more cookies. According to him, he hasn’t had a good cookie in almost two days now.
Mister Picky Pants: Did I mention Mr. Picky Pants doesn’t hesitate to let everyone know when something isn’t right in his world? Well he doesn’t. Of course he had to hit a piece of cherry! Although it was tiny, it was still a piece of cherry.
After he calmed down from what he considered to be almost an attack, he managed to let me know he LOVED the flavor of the cupcakes! Immediately followed by, he just can’t deal with pieces of cherry in his mouth when he’s eating dessert.
Final Conclusion: All three absolutely loved the all around flavor of the Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes! They especially loved the addition of the almond extract. Who doesn’t, right? But, the idea of actually having real pieces of fruit in your dessert is something that my guys just don’t like.
Oh, one more thing at least I didn’t use the fancy frosting (they mean buttercream), so the frosting, according to them, was also very good! Their words, not mine. 🙂
Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes
15.25 ounce package chocolate cake mix
2/3 cup chocolate milk (you could use regular milk if you prefer)
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs, brought to room temperature
21-ounce can cherry pie filling
2 teaspoons almond extract, divided
16-ounce container vanilla frosting
maraschino cherries for garnishing, if desired
mini chocolate chips for garnishing, if desired
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine cake mix, chocolate milk, water, pie filling, eggs and 1 teaspoon of almond extract. The cherries will break up somewhat, but if you have people that don’t like fruit flavor, but not chunks this is a good thing. 🙂
3. Pour batter into paper-lined muffin cups. You will use about 1/4-cup of batter per muffin cup for regular size cupcakes.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely on a wire rack.
5. Add remaining teaspoon of almond extract to vanilla frosting and stir well by hand. Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting; top each with a maraschino cherry, mini chocolate chips, or both.
Makes 24 Servings
If you are making these cupcakes for people that don’t like fruit chunks simply use cherry extract in the cupcake batter. 🙂
Have a great day!