Day 18: Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

If you want something super rich, this is for you.

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup veggie oil
  • 1 cup canned cherry pie filling plus extra for filling
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup cherry or cranberry juice
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

In a small bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

In a mixer, whisk together sugar and oil. Mix in cherry pie filling, vanilla and almond extract. Alternately mix in flour mixture and cherry juice until smooth. Mix in vinegar.

Divide batter and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Let cool and then core the middles.  Fill with remaining cherry pie mixture and frost.

Fudge Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • pinch salt

Beat all ingredients together until light and fluffy.