Black Forest Cupcakes

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Makes:
25 servings
Serving Size:
1 cupcake
Prep:
1 hr 45 mins
Stand:
30 mins
Bake:
18 mins to 22 mins 350°F
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Black Forest Cupcakes

Ingredients
2/3
cup butter
2
eggs
2 1/4
1
teaspoon baking powder
3/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
1 3/4
cups sugar
3
ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
cup water
1/4
cup Kirsch, cherry brandy, or water
1
recipe Tart Cherry Filling or one 21-ounce can cherry pie filling
1
recipe Cocoa Butter Frosting (optional)
 
Chopped or grated semisweet chocolate (optional)
1
recipe Sweetened Whipped Cream
 
Maraschino cherries with stems

Directions

  1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and lightly flour twenty-five 2-1/2-inch muffin cups (or line with paper bake cups). In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and the water to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Stir in Kirsch.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each half to two-thirds full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.
  4. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Using a spoon, scoop out an indentation about 1 inch deep from the center of each cupcake (leaving a 1/2-inch rim around the edge). Spoon about 1 tablespoon Tart Cherry Filling into the center of each cupcake, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the outside. Cover and chill until serving time.
  6. Just before serving, pipe or spread Cocoa Butter Frosting on the center of each cupcake. If desired, sprinkle with chocolate. Place Sweetened Whipped Cream in a large pastry bag fitted with an open star tip. Pipe a star on top of each cupcake and add a cherry to each. Makes 25 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups whipping cream
2
tablespoons sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla

Directions

  1. In a chilled small mixing bowl combine whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla. Beat with chilled beaters of an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Do not overbeat. Makes about 3 cups.

Tart Cherry Filling

Ingredients

3/4
cup sugar
3
tablespoons cornstarch
1/3
cup water
3
cups fresh or frozen pitted tart red cherries
4
teaspoons Kirsch or cherry brandy

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan stir together sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water. Add tart red cherries. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in Kirsch or cherry brandy. Cover surface with plastic wrap; cool. Makes about 2-1/2 cups.

Cocoa Butter Frosting

Ingredients

1/3
cup butter
4 1/4
2
1
ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
2
tablespoons milk
1
teaspoon vanilla
 
Milk

Directions

  1. Allow butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add 1 cup of the powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and unsweetened chocolate beating well. Beat in milk and vanilla. Slowly beat in additional powdered sugar. Beat in additional milk until frosting reaches a piping (or spreading) consistency. Makes 2-1/4 cups.

Nutrition Facts

(Black Forest Cupcakes)
    Per serving:
  • 269 kcal cal.,
  • 13 g fat
  • (8 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 50 mg chol.,
  • 119 mg sodium,
  • 36 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 25 g sugar,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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