Cherry Baby Cakes

A recipe large enough for a crowd, these sweet, cherry-filled cakes look pretty on a dessert table at a potluck.

Cherry Baby Cakes
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
30 small cakes


  • 1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour

  • cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup milk

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • cup cherry marmalade or cherry preserves, large pieces snipped if necessary

  • 30 maraschino cherries with stems, drained

  • 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing*

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 2 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • Milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line thirty 1-3/4-inch muffin cups with miniature paper bake cups;* set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Spoon 1 scant teaspoon of batter into each muffin cup. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cherry marmalade and top with 1/2 teaspoon additional batter.

  3. Bake cupcakes about 12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

  4. Pat cherries dry with clean paper toweling. Frost each cupcake with about 1/2 teaspoon icing. Dip half of each cherry into remaining icing; place on top of baby cakes. Makes about 30 small cakes.

Powdered Sugar Icing

  1. In a medium bowl stir together powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and vanilla. Stir in enough additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to reach drizzling consistency.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

If you dont have 1-3/4-inch muffin cups, line sixteen 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. Prepare batter as directed. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each prepared muffin cup. Add 1 teaspoon of marmalade and another tablespoon of batter. (You will only use about 1/3 cup marmalade.) Bake about 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Frost with Powdered Sugar Icing. Add a cherry as directed above. (You will only need 16 cherries.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

63 Calories
1g Fat
13g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 36mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 11mg 0%
Folate, total 8.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.