Chocolate, cherry and vanilla cupcakes

Choc, cherry and vanilla 1 smallThese pretty little cupcakes are so easy to make and add a slight twist to a simple classic recipe. By adding chopped glacé cherries to a chocolate cupcake recipe and topping with vanilla frosting you add an extra bit of sweet deliciousness to an already scrumptious dessert. I made these particular cupcakes for an Afternoon Tea Charity Fundraiser for our local pre-school. Needless to say they were very well received.

Chocolate, cherry and vanilla cupcakes
Yields 24
Classic chocolate cupcakes with glacé cherries and vanilla frosting.
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For the cupcakes
  1. 250g Castor sugar / Golden castor sugar
  2. 250g Unsalted butter
  3. 4 Large eggs (beaten)
  4. 2 tsp Vanilla essence
  5. 200g Self-raising flour
  6. 50g Good quality cocoa powder
  7. 100ml Whole milk
  8. 100g Glacé cherries (diced)
For the frosting
  1. 125g Icing sugar
  2. 80g Unsalted butter (softened)
  3. 1tsp Vanilla essence
  4. 25ml Whole milk
  5. Pink gel food colouring
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 160c Fan / 180c standard
  2. In a freestanding mixer cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla essence to the beaten eggs and mix then add little by little to the buttercream.
  4. If the mixture begins to split add a spoonful of the self-raising flour to stabilize it.
  5. Mix together the cocoa and self raising flour then fold into the mixture.
  6. Add the milk and mix until smooth - the mixture should fall easily from a spatula / spoon.
  7. Stir in the chopped cherries.
  8. Place cupcake cases into cupcake trays to keep their shape.
  9. Spoon in the mixture - makes 24 small cupcakes.
  10. Bake for 17 minutes.
  11. Place on wire racks to cool.
For the frosting
  1. In a freestanding mixer cream the icing sugar and butter.
  2. Add the vanilla essence to the milk and add to the buttercream.
  3. Mix at a high speed for 5 minutes to create a really smooth frosting.
  4. Add the pink gel food colour and mix to spread evenly.
  5. Place the frosting in a piping bag with a large star tip eg 1M and pipe a simple star onto each cooled cupcake.
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  1. I have never mastered the art of piping, these look so pretty and great flavours

  2. These look so pretty.. They sound really yummy too and your food photography is on point! #recipeoftheweek K x

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