Chocolate-covered Cherry Cupcakes

Recipe by RecipeNut
READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Line 12 regular-size (2 1/2-in. diameter) muffin cups with paper or foil liners.
  • Whisk flour and cocoa powder in a small bowl until blended; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt with a mixer on high speed 2 minutes or until well blended.
  • Add egg and vanilla; beat 2 minutes or until fluffy.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low; beat in milk (batter will look curdled), then the flour mixture just until blended.
  • Spoon evenly into lined muffin cups Place a square of chocolate in center of each cupcake.
  • Top with a cherry and another square of chocolate.
  • Bake 18 to 20 minutes until a pick inserted off center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes before removing from pan to rack to cool com-pletely (cupcakes will sink in center).
  • Frosting: Beat cream cheese, but-ter and cherry juice in a medium bowl with mixer on high speed until blend-ed and smooth.
  • Reduce speed to low; beat in confectioners' sugar.
  • Refriger-ate 15 minutes or until firm enough to spread.
  • Frost cupcakes.
  • To garnish: Top each cupcake with 1 or 2 cherries.
  • Melt chocolate bar and scrape into a ziptop bag.
  • Cut a tip off a corner of bag; drizzle chocolate over half or all the cupcakes.
  • Cover and refrigerate until serving or up to 1 day.
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