These quick and easy Cherry Cupcakes are perfect for a super easy Valentine's dessert. Made with a boxed mix and some maraschino cherries, this cherry filled cupcake comes together with little effort and tastes delicious!
Do you ever feel like you want to surprise your family with something special, but you do not want to make a trip to the market to put it together? With Valentine's Day coming quickly,
I wanted to bake some special cupcakes for the family, but I did not want to make a trip to the store. You see, I would always try to serve pink food to celebrate the day.
Sometimes I had to get creative and on the day I made these, I got lucky and I found a jar of cherries in the cupboard. These Cherry Cupcakes were born!
I used a white cake mix and grabbed the jar of cherries and went to town. Super easy and quick, my kind of recipe for a busy day. I used a boxed cake mix to save some time.
Cherry Cupcakes ~Ingredients Needed
Boxed Cake Mix - I used a white cake mix, but a vanilla cake mix will work as well.
Maraschino Cherries .- I use the juice in the frosting and if you used a white cake mix, you can use some of the juice and cherries.
Powdered Sugar- A must for any frosting recipe.
How to Make Cherry Cupcakes
Drain a small jar of maraschino cherries. Save the juice for the frosting.
2. Chop the cherries using a knife or food processor.
3. Mix cake mix according to package directions and add the chopped maraschino cherries.
4. Bake cupcakes as directed.
5. Frost when cool with Maraschino Buttercream Frosting recipe below.
Here is a peek at the cherries inside the cupcake.
Frost with cherry buttercream frosting.
More Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes
Valentine's Candy Bark - A delicious white chocolate bark you can easily make in minutes.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries - So delicious and makes any day special!
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- 1 12 oz. jar maraschino cherries
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup oil
Cherry Buttercream Frosting
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons Maraschino cherry juice
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- drops red food coloring optional
- 1, Drain a small jar of maraschino cherries. Save the juice for the frosting.
- Chop the cherries using a knife or food processor.
- Mix cake mix according to package directions and add the chopped maraschino cherries.
- Bake cupcakes as directed.
Prepare Cherry Buttercream Frosting
- In a separate bowl, Cream butter with an electric mixer on low speed.
- Add sugar slowly. Add cherry juice and a couple of drops of red food coloring. Whip on medium speed until frosting peaks. Frost when cupcakes have cooled
- Frost when cool with Maraschino Frosting recipe below.
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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork
Aren't these just the sweetest cupcakes ever??!! The frosting is just beautiful!! Almost too pretty to eat, but I would eat like 5. Great post!!
Thanks Meghan, they were fun and quick to make too!
So pretty, and I bet they are delicious!
Thanks Jeni, they were pretty tasty!
Holly @ Woman Tribune
Your cherry cupcakes look so delicious, and love that they were so easy for you to make. The tip you used for the icing on your cupcakes made all the difference as well, because they look so uniform and absolutely decadent!
I made strawberry chocolate chip cookies for Valentine's Day and they are so soft, so pink, and just so fun for the holiday. As for plans, I want to wake up a little earlier than my fiance and make him some strawberry crepes (really feeling the strawberry lately!), and then later on we plan to go out to dinner and a movie. Excited for the time out!
Thanks Holly. Oh I love strawberry crepes, any kind of crepe, really. Hour fiance is in for a treat. Hope you enjoy your day together!
These look wonderful! My husband would love these...I will have to make these sometime soon. Thanks so much for sharing!
Thank you Shannon!
They are so pretty!! Not a fan of Cherries, but I bet we could do the same with Strawberries! YUMMY!
Yes, strawberries would be another great mash up!
These look so yummy! I love adding the cherries and having the cherry in your butter cream frosting!
Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs
Oh, these look delicious! It was probably a bad idea to stop by here before breakfast as I'm now CRAVING cherry cupcakes. Perhaps I'll get the goods and make them for tomorrow.
Stopping by from SITS! Have a warm and lovely day!
Thanks for stopping by Lisa - I hope you get to make them!
Christina at I Gotta Create!
Looks yummy and pretty.
Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life
Aren't cake mixes the best for just putting in what you have on hand? Love that you used cherries in them...that frosting looks so delicious!!!
Thanks Jocelyn - they were so easy and tasty!
Wow, those look super good!
Aubrey @ Real Housemoms
These look delicious! Thanks for sharing with us over at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays.
Thanks Aubrey! Love Fabulous Fridays!
YUMMY!! I love cherry cake!!!
Thanks for joining us at Saturday Dishes, Pinned to Saturday Dishes board ~ Paula
Thank you Paula! Love the new gathering!
Yummy! Your frosting looks so fabulous<3 Pinned
Thanks for the sweet comment and the pin Michele!
I love cupcakes and these look amazing! Perfect for Valentine's Day.