Cherry Cupcakes

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It’s been so cold lately.   We haven’t had a lot of snow but we have had the cold weather.  That usually means I’m stuck inside because I can’t stand being cold.   Since I’m stuck in the house that means I had a lot of time to bake.  I also like to bake in the winter because it not only warms up the kitchen but it warms me up too!

Kids love these fun pink Cherry Cupcakes with a cherry on top!

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I’ve been looking for some fun dessert recipes.   I wanted to do decorated sugar cookies but they just take so long to do.  That means I turned to cupcakes or cake.   Sometimes I think these are even more impressive then the cookies and they are so much easier to make.

Everything you need to make Cherry Cupcakes!

When I think Valentine’s Day I think pink or red so that’s the color cupcake I wanted to make.  I immediately nixed the idea of making something red velvet because I have a ton of red velvet recipes.  I mean I’ve made red velvet cupcakes, red velvet cake, red velvet donuts, and even red velvet cookies.  I’ve been there and done that.

While looking around I found these pretty and fun cherry cupcakes with maraschino cherries on top!  I thought they not only looked cute but would be fun too.  They start with a doctored cake mix.  That means they are semi-homemade but have my homemade frosting on top.

These semi-homemade Cherry Cupcakes Cupcakes are fun and delicious!

The cupcakes are a white cake mix mixed with cherry juice and white chocolate chips.   They turn out to be a pretty pink color studded with the white chips.  Then I whipped up a cherry vanilla frosting to go on top.  To make them more holiday friendly I topped them off with sprinkles and a maraschino cherry.

Looking for a tasty dessert that's semi-homemade? Try my Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry Vanilla Frosting!

These cupcakes turned out great.  I loved the light pink color of the cake and the frosting and the light cherry vanilla flavor of them.  The sprinkles on top were fun and the cherry was definitely a favorite of all of my students at school.  I mean, who can resist a cherry on top?

Kids love these fun pink Cherry Cupcakes with a cherry on top!

Cherry Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These semi-homemade cherry vanilla cupcakes topped with frosting, sprinkles, and a cherry are a fun Valentine's Day dessert!


For the cupcakes:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 c. maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 c. white chocolate chips

For the frosting:

  • 3 sticks butter, softened
  • 6 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

For the top:

  • 24 maraschino cherries
  • Valentine's Day sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the white cake mix, eggs, oil, milk, yogurt, cherry juice, and vanilla. Mix well for 2 minutes or until the batter is smooth. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  3. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 of the way full with the cupcake batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. To make the frosting place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add in half of the powdered sugar and mix well.
  6. Add in the vanilla, heavy cream, and cherry juice and mix for 1 minute.
  7. Add in the remaining powdered sugar, a half cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  8. Pipe the frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with the sprinkles and place a cherry on top of each one.


Recipe adapted from Lemon Sugar

Need a tasty cupcakes that semi-homemade? We love these Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry Vanilla Frosting!

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