Cupcake Tuesday~Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes

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As I’ve mentioned, lots of times before, one of my very favorite flavor combinations is chocolate and cherry. While we were at a mini bonfire over the weekend, someone mentioned Chocolate Covered Cherries, and of course, the first thing I thought of was Cupcakes.

I pulled out my cookbooks and hunted for a recipe, adapted it some, and the final result was delicious!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes

Combining the flavors of chocolate and cherries, these Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes from HoosierHomemade.com are sure to please your palate!



  • 1 box cake mix (I used butter flavor)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (remember I mentioned how I use buttermilk instead of water)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 small box instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 can cherry pie filling


  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Cherry Cream Frosting

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2-3 teaspoons of cherry juice (maraschino cherries)
  • 2-3 cups of powdered sugar (depending on how thick you like it)

Chocolate Covered Cherry

  • Maraschino Cherries with stems
  • Chocolate wafers for melting (like Wilton’s )



  1. Mix cake mix with pudding, buttermilk, eggs and oil.
  2. Fold in cherry pie filling.
  3. Divide batter into cupcake liners, I use about 1/4 cup per liner. I got 3 dozen out of this recipe.

Ganache {recipe from [Lynn's Kitchen Adventures | http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2010/05/ganache.html]}

  1. Warm up the cream, and pour over the chips, mix well.
  2. I turned the cupcakes upside down and simply dipped them in the ganache, and put them in the fridge to set up a little.

Cherry Cream Frosting

  1. Cream butter and cream cheese, slowly add powdered sugar and cherry juice until you reach desired consistency.
  2. Pipe onto cupcake, I used Wilton #1M tip , which by the way, is my favorite tip.

Chocolate Covered Cherries

  1. Rinse and pat dry cherries, melt chocolate and dip cherries.
  2. Place onto wax paper to set up.

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  1. What are your storage tips for this cupcake? I am making then for an event tomorrow evening and was wondering if I should make the cake today and then frost them tomorrow. Can the cherries be dipped and kept in the fridge overnite or will they get “weepy”? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kit, yes you can certainly bake the cupcakes today, just store them in an airtight container. You can dip the cherries before, but yes, they will get weepy if you refrigerate them and then put them on the cupcakes. You can make the frosting ahead as well, just store in fridge.
      Hope that helps, let me know if you have other questions.

      1. Thanks for the QUICK reply! I better get baking!

  2. Thank you so much Liz! I made the cupcakes last night, FABULOUS by the way!, but I overlooked the pudding part and baked without and today when I looked at the recipe again, I noticed the pudding part. They are def worth baking another batch with pudding! Thanks!

    1. You are welcome. I think either way, with or without the pudding they are great!

  3. Just wondering, for making the cupcake part, do you just put in the pudding as a powder or do you make the pudding then pour into the cake mix? Thanks.

    1. Sorry for the confusion Alissa. Add the pudding to the cake mix as a powder.
      Thanks for checking!

  4. Think I’m gonna adapt this a bit (since I am most definitely NOT a fan of cherries…) and use strawberries. My mouth is already watering…. Thanks so much!

  5. I made the chocolate coverd cherry cupcakes this the weekend. I didn’t have cherry pie filling, so I substituted with diced fresh cherries.
    They came out great. Very moist and flavorful.
    Thanks for a great recipe.
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Creative Halloween Cupcakes, Designs and Ideas =-.

    1. @Jamie, I’m so glad you liked them! I bet the diced cherries were just fine.
      Thanks for letting me know you tried them!

  6. Music and Movie Treasures By Brenda says:

    ALL of your cupcakes look delicious, always!

    I’m curious if you have to link to a blog to participate in Cupcake Tuesday as I write pages on Squidoo…

    .-= Music and Movie Treasures By Brenda´s last blog ..The Best-Ever Lemon Cupcakes Recipe ~~ An Adventure Story updated Sat May 15 2010 9:42 am CDT =-.

  7. Susie's Homemade says:

    That looks soooo good…and I don’t like cherries but I could be talked into that:-)

  8. pamela ponder says:

    WOW those look great I have got to try them out thanks
    .-= pamela ponder´s last blog ..GIRLY CUPCAKESFOR CUPCAKE TUESDAY!! =-.

  9. Amber Smith says:

    Wow, you really have a knack for beautiful cupcakes. I’m putting this recipe on my “must try now” list. Can’t wait to try them, mmmm!

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