I made this recipe in cake form at Christmas and fell in love with it. The original recipe for the cake comes from Bird On A Cake site. That girl can cook! I’ve made several recipes from her site and all have been winners. For these cupcakes I needed a white icing to tie into the decoration theme at my nieces baby shower. I needed to provide an icing without chocolate because of food allergies some of the guests have so I chose a ganache using Wilton white candy melts. Some of the cupcakes have dark chocolate covered cherries as garnish and some have cherries with no covering. I like the way they look in the final set up, don’t you? The icing was really tasty. Check out the pink and green baby shower where we served them.
Maraschino Cherry CupcakesPreheat oven 350 F. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan. (makes 2 dozen). If you plan to use the ganache for icing, I would make the icing first so it can start cooling while you make the cakes.
- 2 jars Maraschino cherries (one jar needs stems)
Drain and rinse the remaining stemmed cherries. Put the cherries on paper towels to dry. I also patted them with a paper towel a bit and turned them over once. I went to several stores before finding cherries with stems. Finally found them at Kroger.
Beat until creamy:
- 1/2 Cup butter, soft
- 1 1/2 Cups sugar
- Beat in 3 egg whites
- 2 Cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 Cup Sour Cream
- Reserved Cherry juice from 1 jar
- 1 teaspoon Cherry extract (if you don’t have any, I found you can substitute a teaspoon unsweetened Kool-ade)
- Stir in 1 jar of chopped Maraschino cherries
Chocolate Covered CherriesWhile the cakes cool, melt about a cup of chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir till smooth. If they don’t all melt, microwave a little more in 15 second intervals. Dip dry Stemmed Maraschino Cherries in the melted chocolate and stand on wax paper. They will garnish the top of the cupcakes. If you have guests with Chocolate allergies, like we did, leave some of the cherries plain.
White Chocolate Ganache
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream 2-3 minutes (don’t let it boil over)
Remove from microwave . Add and Stir until melted and smooth:
- 12 oz Wilton White Candy Melts
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons powder sugar
One Tough Mother