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Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

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I hate chocolate … and maraschino cherries. I hate EVERYTHING about this recipe. If you try it, you’ll have to leave me comments on how to improve it. Be gentle.

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 Oz.) Dark Chocolate Cake Mix)
  • ⅓ cups Cherry Juice From A Jar Of Maraschino Cherries (from A 10 Oz Jar)
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ cups Vegetable Oil
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Halved Maraschino Cherries
  • ¾ cups Mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tub (up To 2 Tubs) Cherry-flavored Frosting (16 Oz. Each)
  • 18 whole Maraschino Cherries (preferably With Stems) For The Tops

Preparation

Preheat oven per the instructions on the box of cake mix (usually 350F). Add 18 paper cupcake liners to cupcake tins. Depending on how full you fill each muffin cup, you may be able to get more cupcakes out of each batch. Set aside.

Do not prepare the cake mix per the package instructions. Instead, measure out 1/3 cup of maraschino cherry juice and add it to a mixing bowl along with the water, oil, and eggs. Whisk to combine.

Cut enough maraschino cherries in half to make one cup (larger cherries should be quartered). Dump the cherries into a small bowl (not the same bowl as the liquids). Add 2 tablespoons of the powdered cake mix to the cherries and use a spoon to evenly coat them. This will help to keep the cherries from sinking to the bottom of the cupcakes while they are baking.

To the liquid ingredients, add the remaining cake mix and whisk to combine. Use a spatula to fold in the mix-coated cherries and mini chocolate chips. Fill each paper liner nearly to the top with the batter (I use an ice cream scoop). Bake per the package instructions (about 20 minutes).

Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

You have two options for frosting the cupcakes. You can add a “normal” amount of frosting to the cupcakes and use only one container of frosting. Alternatively, you can frost them “bakery-style” and pipe a large amount of frosting on top. The bakery-style method will require a second container of frosting. Top each cupcake with a maraschino cherry.

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sugarlover on 6.9.2010

What a fabulous fabulous idea for a cupcake! I think I’m going to make these this weekend for my daughter’s 4th BDay – she loves chocolate and cherries (who doesn’t!). Where did you actually find the “Cherry” Frosting? I’ll have to do a search in my local grocery stores to see if I can find this kind of frosting.

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chocomaniacwoohoo on 2.20.2010

Try different variations of chocolates and cherries….say, black cerries, and french chocolate, for example.
You dont like ANY chocolate?….I just dont understand how this can be….but oh well…is there any chocolate you like a little better than another> white, milk, dark? Belgian, french, german?
If you dont like chocolate in cupcakes, try something else, say ice cream or cookies? Or something you really like.
I would love to see you find some recipe of some sort with some kind of chocolate in it that you end up likeing…but, I am an unfailing chocolaholic optimist…

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jeaniedubose1 on 12.18.2009

I made this the other day because I wanted to use up leftover chocolate icing and maraschino cherries. I added some cherry juice to the icing, but it still just tasted like chocolate. I’ve never seen premade cherry icing. I brought them to work and they were a big hit. They were amazing fresh out of the oven when the chocolate chips were still melty.

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mariafromiowa on 11.26.2009

I loved this post and so of course I had to conquer the recipe. I did everything as stated except the frosting..made that homemade creamcheese with cherry jucie for flavoring. I took them to work and had rave reviews and many requests for the recipe. Fantastic!!

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JoDee on 11.24.2009

delish, but subbed homemade cherry cream cheese
frosting. but what a brilliant combo.
Please, Sir may we have some more?

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