Day 318 – Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

14 Jun

For the start of the weekend, I thought we could use something sweet and tart.  We’ve had a couple of fun fruit cupcakes this week already, but why not finish it with a cherry on top?  (Corny.  I know.  I’m ok with it.)  Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes (recipe below from Recipe Snobs).

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are light and airy, a little crumbly. They have a nice, smooth chocolate taste. Not bitter at all. Sweet and chocolatey.

Cherry-Frosting

The frosting is smooth and fluffy, and maybe a little on the thin side. It has a mild flavor. Not quite as cherry-flavored as I was hoping. I get more sour cream and cream flavor than cherry. But it is a beautiful light shade of pink.

Chocolate-Cherry-Cupcake     Mini-Choc-Cherry-Cupcake

The cherry flavor comes out a little bit with the chocolate. But it’s still not as cherry-flavored as I want it to be. The chocolate cupcake is still stellar! I might just do whipping cream, powdered sugar and maraschino cherry juice next time. I feel like the sour cream takes away from the chocolate cupcake and from the cherry.

Choc-Cherry-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 18.5

Mini-Choc-Cherry-top

RECIPE

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes (recipe from Recipe Snobs)

Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Cherry Frosting:

  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

Topping (optional):

  • 16 whole maraschino cherries, with stem
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

For directions visit Recipe Snobs.

*Tomorrow: Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes*

One Response to “Day 318 – Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes”

  1. sophiebowns June 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    How delicious!

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