Chocolate Covered Cherry Minis

Growing up, my mom made a fruit salad that I loved.  It had peaches, pineapples, strawberries, bananas all mixed in a vanilla pudding & Tang sauce.  Delicious. 
But the best ingredient was maraschino cherries.  My mom would have to buy the largest jar she could find because my sister and I would fight over them.  20 years later and we still fight over the cherries.
So when my sisters birthday came around this year, I knew I had to somehow incorporate our lifelong competition into her dessert.  So I took another favorite of ours, the chocolate covered cherry, and turned it into a cupcake.

1 box chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chocolate milk*
Maraschino cherries – enough to include one with each cupcake – I used 48

8 oz sour cream
3/4 of a 8 ounce tub of whipped cream
1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons cherry juice for the jar of Maraschino cherries

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a mini muffin tin with baking cups.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter, sour cream and milk until blended.
3. Add the cake mix and beat with a mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
4. Fill the baking cups halfway full with the cake mix.
5. Place one cherry in the center of each cupcake.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean – just remember the cherry is there in the middle 🙂
7. Let the cupcake cool for a few minutes in the pan and then allow them to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

While the cupcakes are cooling (or baking, whichever works for you) make your frosting:
1. In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, whipped cream, powdered sugar and cherry juice.
2. Beat with chilled beaters on medium speed until fluffy – it took a few minutes to get it fluffy.
3. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

*You can use regular milk in making the cupcakes – I simply like to use chocolate milk when making a chocolate cake – I think it enhances the chocolate flavor.

Any family food fights in your house?


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  1. Hello there! I am your newest follower, found you on the Naptime Review. I love to cook too! Visit me when you have a chance and follow back if you’d like! These cherry minis look DELISH!!!

  2. Chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven! One of my absolute favorite combinations 🙂 thanks for the recipe!

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  3. These look really good. I’m turning into a cupcake baking fanatic so I’ll have to try them sometime. Thanks for the follow on Twitter. I’m now a followe of your blog via GFC. My blog is about food and DIY. Stop on by sometime. 🙂


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