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Combine 2 tasty flavors and create something even more delicious! Chocolate plus cherry flavor inside, and a cherry on top of luscious buttercream frosting, will have your family asking for more.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
15 mins
1 hr
1 hr 40 mins
24 cupcakes


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

  • Strain maraschino cherries over a large measuring cup. Count out 24 cherries with their stems intact and set aside on paper towels. Remove stems from the remaining cherries and place one in the bottom of each lined muffin cup.

  • Stir cherry-flavored brandy into the cherry juice. Add more brandy or water to total 1 1/4 cups liquid. Pour liquid into a bowl.

  • Add eggs and oil; beat with an electric mixer on low speed until just combined. Add cake mix and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Evenly divide batter among the muffin cups.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 17 minutes. Cool in the tins for about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 50 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the frosting. Combine cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium speed until blended, about 1 minute. Add vanilla extract and salt; beat for 1 minute more. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating after each addition. Add additional powdered sugar if frosting is too thin.

  • Frost each cupcake and garnish with the reserved cherries.

Nutrition Facts

270 calories; protein 2.8g; carbohydrates 35.8g; fat 13.1g; cholesterol 42.2mg; sodium 187.2mg. Full Nutrition