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Valentine's Day

Cherry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

We bet you’ll love these delicious cherry cupcakes topped with almond flavoured cream cheese icing! These cupcakes are even filled with a sweet surprise that will leave everyone smiling.

The secret is cherry pie filling and vanilla cake batter. Both easy to make or buy! The cupcakes are topped with a light cream cheese icing infused with almond extract – the almond flavour really compliments the cherries. These are the perfect cupcakes to celebrate the season of love.

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What You’ll Need:

  • Vanilla cake mix – from a box works – or check out this recipe from our friends at Amanda’s Cookin’
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Almond extract
  • Salt
  • Powered sugar
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Muffin tin
  • Cupcake liners
  • Heart candies or sprinkles
  • Mixer
  • Icing bag
  • Large circle icing tip (Wilson 2A)
  • Pink gel food colouring

Cherry Cupcakes

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Heat the oven to 350. Prepare a muffin tin (or two, this recipe will make two dozen cupcakes easily) with liners. Make your vanilla cake batter using either a premade box mix, your favourite recipe, or we recommend this tasty creation from Amanda’s Cookin’. Spoon 3 tbsps of vanilla batter into each liner. Spoon 1/2 tbsp of pie filling into the centre of the liner, on top of the vanilla batter. Bake as your recipe directs and cool completely before decorating.

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TIP: Rushing the cooling step is so tempting but with this icing recipe, any heat will melt the frosting as fast as you’re piping it, so best to be patient here. 🙂

Cream Cheese Icing

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Combine softened butter and cream cheese in an electric mixer and beat until creamy, about two minutes. Add the almond extract and then salt, mix well. Gradually add the powdered sugar until completely combined and the icing has a medium stiff consistency.

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To make the stripe effect, use a paint brush to brush gel food colouring (liquid colouring will not work for this effect) in four lines running along the inside of a piping bag. Remember to add the icing tip into the bag before you paint the lines inside – it can be added after but it’s messy business.

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Fill the bag with icing and then start decorating! It’s best to push the first bit of icing through the tip until the colouring comes out in the right pattern. If you use the entire bag of icing and need to refill, don’t worry! The icing pattern should continue to work even after new icing has been added.

Piping cream cheese icing striped with pink colouring onto vanilla cupcakes on a white plate by Champagne and Sugarplums

Frost your cupcakes using a classic swirl. Start on the side of the cupcake and pipe three or four circles around the cupcake, each circle getting slightly smaller until you have a cone shape. Decorate with sprinkles or candy hearts and then your all done!

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A Cherry Cheesecake Cupcake on a white background surrounded by red and pink candy hearts by Champagne and Sugarplums

Cherry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

We bet you'll love these delicious cherry cupcakes topped with almond flavoured cream cheese icing! These cupcakes are even filled with a sweet surprise that will leave everyone smiling.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 156 kcal

Equipment

  • Electric mixer
  • Icing bag
  • Large circle icing tip
  • Paint brush
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cupcake liners

Ingredients
  

Cupcake

  • Vanilla cake batter From a box or your favourite recipe
  • 3/4 cup Cherry pie filling

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter softened
  • 8 oz Cream cheese 1 brick
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 4 cups Powered sugar

Instructions
 

Cupcake

  • Heat oven to 350° or the recommended temperature suggested in the recipe you are using.
  • Prepare muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • Make the cupcake batter following your recipe directions.
  • Spoon 3 tbsp of vanilla batter into each cupcake liner.
  • Spoon 1/2 tbsp of pie filling into the centre of each cupcake, on top of the vanilla batter
  • Bake as directed, approximately 15 minutes.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool completely before decorating.

Cream Cheese Icing

  • Combine the butter and cream cheese in a mixer and beat until well combined.
  • Add the almond extract and salt and mix well.
  • Gradually, one cup at a time, add the powered sugar until completely combined.
Keyword almond, cream cheese, cupcake, dessert, icing, sweet, Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Dessert
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We hope you love these sweet Cherry Cupcakes as much as we do! For more Valentine ideas check out our Hearts Cards Garland, Brownies in a Bottle, and our easy Heart Puzzle Craft. Happy Crafting!

Happy Valentine's Day from Champagne and Sugarplums

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