Cherry Cordial Chocolate Cupcakes

Cherry Cordial Chocolate Cupcakes

I always love the abundance of cherry cordials at the store during the Christmas and Valentines season. My mom would always get the best ones from a local chocolate shop and they weren’t just the tiny size ones, as a child these were probably bigger than my palm and they were oh so irresistible. I thought it would be equally as decadent, if not more, in cupcake form and I’d have to say that assumption was spot on. These cupcakes are divine! They are perfect chocolatey decadence topped with all the flavors of a cherry cordial filling and generous chocolate glaze drizzle, because why not? And don’t forget the cherry on top! Growing up I’d always ask for a cherry on top of my ice cream when we’d go through the drive through, some things never change because on occasion I’ll remember that and it really just makes ice cream that much better.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (semi-sweet works too for milder flavor, I've tested both)
  • 1/3 cup (29g) unsweetend cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed, I use regular)
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup (116g) bread flour
  • 3/4 cup (155g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1- 2 pinches of salt, to taste
  • 3 cups (330g) powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice, then more if needed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 of the maraschino cherries from 1 (10 oz) jar, chopped and wrapped in paper towels to dry slightly
  • 24 maraschino cherries, plus more for topping
Read the whole recipe on Cooking Classy