Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Be Mine Valentine

These cupcakes were a natural follow-up to my chocolate-covered buttercream cherries that I made for the holidays. I have always loved the combination of chocolate and raspberries and chocolate and strawberries, but my favorite has always been chocolate and cherries. Also, I am apparently I am going through a cherry phase... more cherry-filled recipes are coming up soon!
Valentine's Day is perfect for sharing love of all time... especially the love of cupcakes! So please share these with your valentine! My family and friends devoured these in no time. 
I hope you all have a great Valentine's day doing something new or fun or crazy or romantic.  Or you can come hang out with me and live the good life...working and then watching movies in my blue flannel pj's with ice cream and chocolate syrup!
2 years ago: Love is in the Air
Be Mine Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
a Calamity Kate Original recipe

1 box Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake Mix
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup maraschino cherry juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 heaping tablespoon dark cocoa powder
1 or 2 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries with stems, 1 cherry for each cupcake liner

Whisk eggs with water, oil and cherry juice for about 30 seconds. Add in the cake mix, cocoa powder and vanilla extract and mix for 2 minutes at medium speed. 
Place 1 cherry in each cupcake liner and pour chocolate cake batter over the cherries. Lightly and gently shake or tap the cupcake tins to make sure the cherries are evenly covered. 

Bake at 350˚F for 24 minutes, making sure to turn the pans halfway though baking to ensure even cooking. Mini cupcakes will only take about 20 minutes.
Be Mine Cherry Buttercream
a Calamity Kate Original recipe
1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon Crisco
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon butter flavor

In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and Crisco for 1 minute on high. Add in powdered sugar and continue mixing for another minute or two until the Crisco and powdered sugar are well combined and crumbly. Then scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add in the milk, cherry juice, vanilla extract and butter extract. Mix on medium until the buttercream frosting is fluffy and pink. Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes. I sprinkled some chocolate shavings on top of my cupcakes and then added a cherry on top.
However, you can also top each of  the cupcakes with a chocolate-covered buttercream cherry!

1 comment:

  1. Belated Valentine's Greeting to you, Kate.



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