Cherry Chocolate Chip Cupcake

Sunday, February 5, 2012

I got to make a batch of Cherry Chocolate Chip Cupcakes the other day. That batch was for a birthday but these pink cuties would be perfect for Valentine's Day also. They are one of my favorites, hope you enjoy them too!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
½ cup butter

4 egg whites

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. baking soda

¾ cup buttermilk

1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice*

1 ½ cups sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

½ tsp. almond extract

½ cup mini chocolate chips

Allow butter and egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.  In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Combine buttermilk and cherry juice; set aside.  Preheat oven to 350.  In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high speed.  Add sugar, vanilla and almond extract; beat until combined.  Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture beating on low after each just until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Spoon batter into 24 paper lined muffin cups.  Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting.

Cherry Frosting

Allow ½ cup butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.  Beat butter with electric mixer until smooth.  Gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, beating well.  Beat in 3 tbs. maraschino cherry juice* and ½ tsp. almond extract.  Gradually beat in 3 cups additional powdered sugar.  Beat in additional cherry juice or milk 1 tsp. at a time to reach piping consistency. 

Pipe frosting onto cupcakes using decorator tip of your choice.   I've used both Wilton 1M and 2D  for mine.  Top cupcakes with extra mini chocolate chips.

*You don’t have to buy a jar of maraschino cherries just to use the juice.  I’ve found maraschino cherry syrup by the ice cream toppings in the grocery store. 
This recipe was adapted from one I found in a special cupcake edition of Better Homes and Gardens.
See? Perfect for Valentine's Day!

I also made some toppers by punching out some fun paper and button stickers.

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5 tasty sweet comments:

Deana said...

I'd love for you to share these
@CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party…going on now:)

Sarah said...

Thanks for stopping over at Dwell on Joy! I love this cute cupcake display! Well done, again!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Gorgeous! And yummy, too. :)

Deana said...

Thanks so much for linking up to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party!
Hope to see you next Saturday……Have a blessed week:)

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Very pretty cupcake -- and love the toppers. Stopping by from Sweetology.

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