Cherry Almond Cupcakes

01.10.2014
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The cherry and almond flavors were just meant to be together, right? Especially in cupcake form. Their tempting, nutty and fruity pairing makes for dessert royalty.

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I just have to say it, these cupcakes are completely and utterly divine! Their texture is so soft and delicate and the almond-cherry flavored frosting literally just melts away in your mouth. They are reminiscent of the cherry chip cake you get at the grocery store, but they are much better than a box mix of course. These are something like, I want to say, sweet, blissful cherry clouds (if you can only imagine what that would taste like). With a fluffy cake and a decadent almond and maraschino cherry flavor, you might just very well find these to be a new favorite cupcake. Enjoy!

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Cherry Almond Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 18 maraschino cherries , divided
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1 large egg , at room temperature*
  • 1 large egg white , at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice

Frosting

  • 3/4 cup butter , at room temperature (I used 1/2 cup unsalted 1/4 cup salted)
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • Few drops red food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. Cut 6 maraschino cherries into halves and set aside (these will later be placed in cupcake batter. If they're small you can use whole ones but make sure you'll have enough to top the cupcakes, you'll need 24 total if using whole cherries). In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg then add in egg white, almond extract and vanilla extract and blend until combined. In liquid mearuing cup used to measure buttermilk, combined buttermilk with maraschino cherry juice. With mixer set on low speed, working in three separate batches beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture and mixing just until combined after each addition. Divide mixture among 12 paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 1/2 full. Place one cherry half in the center of each cupcake (it will sink to the bottom during baking). Bake in preheated oven 17 - 19 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Run a butter knife around edges to loosen cupcakes (unless yours didn't go to the edges like mine) and allow to cool in muffin tin 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely then pipe or spread Cherry Almond Frosting over tops. Store in an airtight container. Top each cupcake with a maraschino cherry just before serving.
  2. For the frosting:
  3. In a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy, about 7 - 8 minutes, occasionally scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl (if you have the beater blade paddle scraper attachment, about 5 minutes). Add in powdered sugar, 1 1/2 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice and almond extract. Blend on low speed until combined, then add food coloring if desired and additional cherry juice to thin as desired (adding 1 tsp at a time), and increase speed to medium-high and whip until pale and fluffy, about 5 - 6 minutes longer (about 4 minutes with scraper attachment), occasionally scraping down sides and bottom of bowl.
  4. *To bring my eggs to room temperature I usually always just let them rest in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes.
  5. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy, inspired by BHG

40 comments

  • Alicia Wilson: Can they be stored on the counter or do they need to be refrigerated? July 12, 2017 at 11:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just stored mine on the counter. But on a warm day you should probably refrigerate then let rest at room temp about 10 minutes before serving. July 12, 2017 at 11:20pm Reply

  • Janet E Anderson: Just made these. Super scrumptious. Love your tasty blog! You make food come alive. January 15, 2017 at 12:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked them Janet. Thanks for the kind words! January 31, 2017 at 11:49am Reply

  • Annabelle: Looks so good. I can’t read anywhere about what tip you used to frost. Would you let us all know please? January 30, 2016 at 6:16am Reply

  • Barbara: They look delicious. Would there be any adjustments for making a full size cake? September 30, 2014 at 9:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Other than doubling the recipe I think it should be fine. October 21, 2014 at 7:08pm Reply

  • Carmela: I found your recipe after googling almond recipes. I love this recipe I just made these today! Soo delicious and savory! I hand whisked the frosting ingredients so mine wasn’t as fluffy as yours but still very tasty July 22, 2014 at 7:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you liked this recipe Carmela! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment! July 22, 2014 at 11:16pm Reply

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