Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
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Serves: 12
  • For the chocolate cupcakes:
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • For the cherry filling:
  • 1¼ cup fresh chopped cherries
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • For the white chocolate ganache frosting:
  • 12 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  1. To make the cupcakes, beat the eggs until fluffy. Add the oil and sugar and continue beating until just incorporated. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients until the batter is lump free, then pour the batter into a lined, standard size cupcake pan. Bake at 350*F (175*C) for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  2. To make the filling, combine your fresh chopped cherries and light corn syrup in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue to boil it until you're left with about 3 tablespoons of liquid (about 5-7 minutes of boiling). Let the mixture cool before filling your cupcakes. If you don't have access to fresh cherries, or don't have time to make the filling, you can use cherry jam instead. To fill the cupcakes, use a small knife with a serrated edge to cut a cone-shaped hole in the center of the cupcake. Fill the hole about ⅔ of the way full with the cherry filling and trim the top down so it fits nicely back over the filling.
  3. To make the frosting, heat the cream in a small saucepan until hot (but not boiling). In a large bowl, pour the hot cream over the white chocolate and whisk until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap pressed down against the surface of the frosting and let set in the refrigerator (about 30 minutes). Once the frosting has cooled and thickened, beat it on high using an electric hand mixer until it holds stiff peaks. Pipe the frosting onto your cooled, filled cupcakes and garnish with baking cocoa and fresh cherries.
Recipe by Simple as That at