If you're a fan of chocolate and cherry, then these cupcakes are for you! Start by making a quick cherry compote to use in both the cupcakes and the frosting for maximum cherry flavor! The cherry buttercream recipe makes enough to generously frost the cupcakes, so keep that in mind when making it!


Recipe Summary

40 mins
30 mins
30 mins
1 hr 40 mins
24 cupcakes


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cherry Compote:
Cherry Buttercream:


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring cherries, sugar, and lemon juice to a simmer in a medium pot over medium-low heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Remove 2 tablespoons of cherry juice from the pot and place in a small bowl. Stir in cornstarch until thoroughly combined. Add cornstarch mixture to the pot and simmer until thickened and slightly reduced, about 5 minutes more.

  • Remove compote from heat and cool completely. Measure out 1 cup for the cupcake batter. Reserve remaining compote, about 6 tablespoons, for the frosting.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line or grease two standard 12-cup muffin tins.

  • Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Beat brown sugar, butter, and white sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract. Mix in 1/3 of the flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Pour in 1/2 of the sour cream and cooled coffee; mix until just combined.

  • Continue alternating additions of the flour mixture with sour cream and coffee, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, until batter is smooth. Do not overmix. Gently fold in 1 cup cherry compote. Fill each prepared muffin cup 2/3 full of batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the tops of the cupcakes spring back lightly when touched, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in the tins for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Prepare cherry buttercream while the cupcakes are cooling. Beat butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla and salt. Add 2 tablespoons of cherry compote and beat on medium-high speed until thoroughly combined. Repeat twice more with remaining cherry compote, beating well after each addition. Add heavy cream and beat until frosting is fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Spread or pipe frosting over the cooled cupcakes.

Cook's Note:

You can use either fresh or frozen sweet or tart cherries in this--they'll all work just fine.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 50.8g; fat 15.1g; cholesterol 51.9mg; sodium 214.9mg. Full Nutrition