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Monday, July 31, 2017

Homemade Cherry Chip Cupcakes

Delicious cherries and mini chocolate chips are nestled in a simple cake batter for a fun treat. Cupcakes topped with fudgy icing and loaded with cherries are hard to beat!


       We have been plowing through the cherries lately. It's hard to stop buying the little beauties. Whether they are the deep burgundy sweet cherries or the pretty yellow and red rainier cherries, we love them all.  We are real classy like when we eat them too and have pit spitting contests in the backyard. That's what summer is for, right?


       Since we have been so good about eating our cherries right out of the colander after being washed, I thought it would be a shame to let the whole season pass us by without at least one baked good.


       Originally I had a chocolaty layer cake in mind, but I realized I haven't made you any cupcakes since Little Dude's birthday and I was just sure you had a hankering for cupcakes! Besides, Little Dude loves putting the cupcake papers in the tin and using the cookie scoop to transfer the batter. He was up early and excited to make some cake so this was the icing on the cake for him! 😉

     I had some extra cream on hand for a project I was planning to make but have now put off for a little while, so I decided to use the Farmer's Daughter Cake recipe as a jumping off point and go from there. Luckily that is easy to throw together because I was once again relegated to recipe reader while little dude did all of the work.

     I really need to work on getting that recliner set up in the kitchen so I can walk him through the steps in comfort!

        In actuality, I pitted and chopped the cherries while he made the batter. He even took his stool to the pantry to get out the flour and sugar.  I'm telling you, if he could read he almost wouldn't need me!  He finished the batter about the same time I got the cherries done so all we had left to do was fold in the fruit and chocolate chips and dole out the goodness.

     I'll tell you all about this icing tomorrow, but it only takes three ingredients and a few minutes to make. It basically finishes itself with a smooth, glossy, fudgy layer of goodness.  I dipped an extra cherry in the icing for each cupcake and placed it on top. I really loved the finished product!

      I took half of the batch to family dinner. I just knew Pops would love them. The rest went to work with me on Monday where they were also a hit.


      These cupcakes are one of those treats that make an impression without too much fuss. The hardest part is getting the cherries ready. While I haven't tried it yet, I'm sure you could save a bit of that trouble by chopping some dried cherries and soaking them in juice or liqueur to plump them up. Mmmmm, the possibilities!



Yield: 18 cupcakes

Homemade Cherry Chip Cupcakes

Delicious cherries and mini chocolate chips are nestled in a simple cake batter for a fun treat. Cupcakes topped with fudgy icing and loaded with cherries are hard to beat!
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 40 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and prepare cupcake pans for 18 cupcakes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, almond extract and cream.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Fold in the chopped cherries and mini chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake for about 25 minutes. The tops should be golden and spring back when touched with a finger.
  7. Cool in cupcake tin for about 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost and enjoy!
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shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

14 comments:

  1. These are sooo FUN Carlee. A Chocolate covered cherry in cupcake form, who wouldn't love that!!!

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    1. They are hard to say no to, that is for sure! Thanks, Andrea!

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  2. I'm drooling over these beauties, Carlee! What are we going to do when cherry season is over? It's heart-breaking every year. Have a lovely week, my dear!

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    1. I am going to miss cherries and peaches! Why do they have to go?! At least they are followed by apples and pumpkin, I suppose! Have a great one as well, Kelsie. Thanks!

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  3. These cupcakes look delicious. It sounds like you have your little Dude on his way to becoming a chef or maybe a baker. That is great! Thank you for sharing the recipe and I look forward to the frosting!!!

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    1. He is such a great helper! He is definitely going to be well rounded between helping his daddy do projects around the house and spending time in the kitchen with me!

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  4. The crumb of these cherry chocolate chip cupcakes looks so buttery and perfect!! The glossy chocolate frosting looks yummy too :) Such gorgeous cupcakes!

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    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot coming from you!

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  5. I love how you topped these off and I love the cupcake itself is not chocolate. lol I love chocolate but I think what you did here is the perfect combination!

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    1. Believe me, I was tempted to go chocolate cake.. but I think you are right, this way was great! Thanks, Shelby!

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  6. Oh gosh, these must be so rich and delish and look at them all enrobed in chocolate. Such a classic combo, cherries and chocolate!

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    1. I really like the whole combination together. Thank you!

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  7. Your Cherry Chip Cupcakes look delicious. Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us here at Full Plate Thursday. We hope to see you again real soon.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, they were definitely fun to make, eat and serve!

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