Mon Cheri Cherry Cupcakes (My Darling Cherry Cupcakes)

Valentine’s Day is just a week away. How about a nice little cherry cupcake treat for your sweetheart? We’ve got just what you’re looking for this Valentine’s Day: Mon Chéri Cherry Cupcakes! (Translation: My Darling Cherry Cupcakes)

These also make a great Springtime cupcake; so, don’t feel obligated to only make them on Valentine’s Day. Bake a batch and share them with your over-21-year-old adult friends and family.

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Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

21oz can cherry pie filling
16 and ½ oz box white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines) (do not follow directions on box for baking)
3 large eggs
½ stick unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk
1/3 cup vodka
Maraschino cherries for garnish

For the Icing:

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 and ¼ cups confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup cherry syrup-glaze
2 tbsp milk

* Makes about 18 cupcakes.

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Using a strainer and bowl, separate the cherries from the syrupy-glaze.

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Place the cherries into a separate bowl and pour 1/3 cup of vodka over them. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes.

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In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Be careful not to over mix.

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Mix in ½ cup of the cherry glaze.

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Fold the vodka-soaked cherries (including the vodka) into the cake batter.

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Fill each cupcake liner in a muffin tin 2/3 from the top.

Bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center of cupcake.

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Allow the cupcakes to cool before icing.

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To prepare the icing, start by mixing the butter and powdered sugar using a whisk attachment on a stand-mixer. If you don’t have a stand-mixer, you can use a hand-mixer for this.

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Once the sugar and butter are incorporated, mix in the cherry glaze, vanilla extract, and milk. Mix until smooth.

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Transfer the icing to a pastry piping bag fitted with the tip shape of your choice.  Here I’ve put my piping bag into a cup to make filling the bag with the icing easier.

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Pipe the icing onto the cooled cupcakes. Top with a maraschino cherry if desired.

Store the cherry cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Enjoy sharing these Mon Chéri Cherry Cupcakes with your darling this Valentine’s Day!

 

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Instructions without photos:
For the cupcakes:

21oz can cherry pie filling
16 and ½ oz box white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines) (do not follow directions on box for baking)
3 large eggs
½ stick unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk
1/3 cup vodka
Maraschino cherries for garnish

For the Icing:

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 and ¼ cups confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup cherry syrup-glaze
2 tbsp milk

*Makes about 18 cupcakes.

Using a strainer and bowl, separate the cherries from the syrupy-glaze. Place the cherries into a separate bowl and pour 1/3 cup of vodka over them. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Be careful not to over mix. Mix in ½ cup of the cherry glaze. Fold the vodka-soaked cherries (including the vodka) into the cake batter.

Fill each cupcake liner in a muffin tin 2/3 from the top. Bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center of cupcake.

Allow the cupcakes to cool before icing.
To prepare the icing, start by mixing the butter and powdered sugar using a whisk attachment on a stand-mixer. If you don’t have a stand-mixer, you can use a hand-mixer for this.

Once the sugar and butter are incorporated, mix in the cherry glaze, vanilla extract, and milk. Mix until smooth.

Transfer the icing to a pastry piping bag fitted with the tip shape of your choice. Pipe the icing onto the cooled cupcakes. Top with a maraschino cherry if desired.
Store the cherry cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Enjoy sharing these Mon Chéri Cherry Cupcakes with your darling this Valentine’s Day!

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