Monday, May 23, 2011

Cherry Covered Chocolate Cupcakes

It was Saturday afternoon and I was trying to decide on something to bake.  The recipes I was looking at either didn't jump out at me or I was missing an ingredient or two.

That is when I remembered making the Fruit Punch Cupcakes and had thought about trying different variations with Crystal Lite (or Great Value  hehe) Sugar Free Drink Powder.

I had a Fudge Chocolate cake mix in the cupboard and some cherry flavored drink mix.  And here is what they make when combined:


Cherry Covered Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes:

Any variation of chocolate cake mix will do.  Mix per directions on box and add 1/2 tub/tube of cherry drink mix.  Bake per cupcake directions.

Cool completely.

Icing:

1/2 cup Crisco

2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar
1/2 tub Cherry Drink Mix

Combine the first 4 ingredient in a mixing bowl and mix well. Add powdered sugar a bit at a time until you get a nice fluffy consistency. Add Cherry Drink Mix and mix well. Add more milk if needed. Beat on high until light and fluffy.

Put icing into a ziplock bag to pipe the icing on the cupcakes. Start with a dollop in the center and then start on the outside edge and work toward the middle and up over the center. This gives it some height.

Optional:

If I had had some marachino cherries on hand I probably would have added one to the top of each cupcake.  yummmm....

Share with family and friends.



Laken, my 4yo, likes to help pipe the icing on the cupcakes.  I can't even begin to explain the difficulty of piping icing with two extra hands moving and squeezing the ziplock bag.  lol

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16 comments:

  1. You had me at Cherry covered ... I love all things cherry... this recipe looks yummy!! hope all is well ..xo HHL

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  2. Yum! I saw your blog from a link party and had to take a look at this! I am your newest follower and would love it if you took a look at my blog and followed me too!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  3. These look so pretty and sound delicious! Please share your recipe by linking up at Muffin Monday. Thanks!
    http://www.talkingdollarsandcents.net/opera-cream-muffins

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  4. These muffins look so good since cherry and chocolate are a favorite combo of mine. Yummy! I love that you used up the old drink mix to make them.
    I wanted to invite you to link up your delicious looking cupcakes at These Chicks Cooked tomorrow (Wednesday). Have a good one!
    Katie

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  5. well, those just look adorable and delicious. wow. cherry soda as in, cherry coke? or cherry soda as in a fanta? thanks for sharing, love this. your blog is always so fun :)
    -meg
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

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  6. I hope you don't mind that I linked to this post on my blog! Here's the direct link: http://embracingbeauty.com/2011/05/24/cherry-covered-chocolate-cupcake-recipe/

    Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    Ashley
    http://EmbracingBeauty.com

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  7. Chocolate and cherry sound perfect to me.
    Mimi

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  8. Jumped over from Helen's and this look delicious! Blessings, Beth

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  9. Yum! Would love for you to link to my Memorial Day dessert recipe linky on CajunSugarPie.com!

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  10. Thanks for sharing! This looks super yummy and very pretty! I am stopping by from the Strut Your Stuff Link Party. I am your newest follower and cannot wait to read more:) I would love to have you stop by my blog when you have a chance!
    www.divvyupdiva.com

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  11. Cute cupcakes! The icing sounds great!

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  12. Thanks so much for coming by to show off your cupcakes this week. Have a fabulous long weekend ! Hope you can come share more recipes again this Wednesday!
    Katie

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  13. These and darling and look delicious!! Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower and would love to have you come by my blog and follow back if you would like to!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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  14. These cupcakes look wonderful. I bet they taste just as delicious! That a creative use of crystal light! :)

    I'm hosting a little giveaway on my blog. Please stop by to enter if you're interested. Here's the link:

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    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Amy
    http://utry.it

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  15. Those look wonderfully good.

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  16. Hi Colletta,
    These cupcakes are after my heart. I just love the combination of chocolate and cherry, yummy! Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

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