Dark Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes


Moist, chocolaty cupcakes with juicy pie cherries inside. Adapted from Kelly Smith's "Dark Chocolate Cake II."

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 cupcakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • ¾ cup Dutch-process dark chocolate cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¼ cup salted butter, softened

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

  • 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease or line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.

  2. Stir flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Dig a well in the center and pour in buttermilk, eggs, butter, oil, and almond extract. Begin stirring, then use an electric mixer to make to a smooth, thick batter. Pour in cherry pie filling and stir until distributed.

  3. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full. Try to distribute cherries evenly.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 23 to 27 minutes. Let cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
5g Fat
34g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 209mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 100mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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