Sexy Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

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Check out these sexy puppies.  I made them as a killing-two-birds-with-one-stone for both Valentine’s Day and Mags’ and Papa John’s joint birthday.  So very very good.

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For the cupcakes, preheat your oven to 350°F and line a 12-capacity muffin tin with cupcake liners.  I used fancy schmancy pink polka dot ones.  Because I am that cool.

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Drain a 375mL jar of maraschino cherries, reserving the juice.  Let the cherries dry a bit on a paper towel before roughly chopping them.

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In a large bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 cup fine cocoa.

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In a smaller bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons cherry juice, 2 eggs, 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup sour cream, and 1/2 cup milk.

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Add the flour mixture to the liquid and beat until smooth.

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Fold in the chopped cherries.

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Drop into cupcake cups until about 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the centre cupcake comes out clean.  Let cool slightly in the pan and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

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I ended up having enough after my doubled recipe to make a wee sheet cake as well.

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For the ganache, in a double boiler, melt together 2 ounces chocolate (your choice) with 1/4 cup whipping cream.  Whisk until fully combined and chill for 30-40 minutes (any longer and you might have trouble spreading it).

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For the icing, we’re going with our old favourite.  Beat together 1 cup room temperature butter with 1 250g package room temperature cream cheese until fully combined and un-lumpy.

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Slowly add in about 2 cups icing sugar (more if you want it more stiff) and a few tablespoons cherry juice (from the jar of maraschinos).

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For the garnish, take 12 cherries, fresh or maraschino (but with stems if you can) and dip them in a couple ounces melted chocolate.

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Let those cool on a sheet of waxed paper until solid.

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To put it all together, take your cooled cupcakes and spread a little ganache on top as a chocolatey base.

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Chuck them in the fridge for a few minutes to set.

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Shove your cream cheese icing into a piping bag and squeeze it out all over your cupcakes.

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Save yourself some heartache and buy a decent bag, too.

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I’m sure you can do a more artistic job than this, but I’m also sure it will taste the same regardless.

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Top with a chocolate-dipped cherry and serve.  SO AWESOME.

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And here’s the sheet cake with the leftover icing.

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

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