Treat yourself to the irresistible taste of our Red Velvet Choc-Cherry Cupcakes. These delicious treats consist of rich and velvety chocolate cookies enriched with juicy cherries. A real treat for the taste buds! To enhance their heavenly taste, each cupcake is elegantly topped with a generous dollop of creamy frosting, giving it a delicious and smooth texture. Their tantalizing flavor combination and delicious presentation make them a sure-fire hit whether you’re enjoying them as a personal treat or sharing them at a bake sale. Don’t miss out on these heavenly creations!
- 100 g butter, soft
- 140g golden powdered sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 225g flour
- 25g cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 150 ml buttermilk
- 28ml bottle of red food coloring (natural food coloring doesn’t look as bright as artificial one)
- 100g glazed cherries, roughly chopped, plus some extra for decoration
- 150 ml double cream
- 140g cherry jam or jam, sifted
- 100g dark chocolate, chopped
- Red icing or edible red glitter to decorate (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
- Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cups.
- Beat butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric whisk until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time and mix until fully incorporated.
- Add flour, cocoa, bicarb and a pinch of salt.
- Fold in the dry ingredients with a spatula until there are no more lumps of flour.
- Add buttermilk, food coloring and cherries and stir briefly.
- Divide the mixture between the muffin cups.
- Bake for 20 minutes until the dough has risen and feels springy.
- Allow to cool slightly and then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
- Heat the cream and cherry jam in a small saucepan.
- Add the chocolate and remove from heat.
- Let sit for a few minutes then stir until melted and blended.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and let it cool completely.
- The glaze will harden to a spreadable consistency within about 30 minutes.
- Once the mixture has cooled and thickened, spread the icing over the cupcakes.
- Decorate with a drizzle of red icing or some red glitter.
- Top each cupcake with half a glazed cherry.
- These cupcakes will keep for a few days in a cake tin.
Equipment and tools
- mixing bowl
- Electric mixer or whisk
- Spatula or wooden spoon
- Cupcake pan
- Cupcake liners
- Cooling rack
- Piping bag (optional)
This recipe contains the following allergens:
- Dairy products (butter, double cream)
- Wheat (plain flour)
Please take this into consideration if you or someone you are cooking for has allergies or dietary restrictions.
Storage and leftovers
Once baked and decorated, these Red Velvet Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If stored in the refrigerator, they will last up to a week. However, keep in mind that the texture and taste may change slightly over time.
If there are any leftovers, they can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. When you need them to eat, simply thaw them at room temperature or heat them in the microwave for a few seconds.
Health Benefits of Red Velvet Choc-Cherry Cupcakes
Red Velvet Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes are not only delicious but also offer several health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients and their individual benefits:
Although butter should be consumed in moderation, it provides essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, E, and K. These vitamins play critical roles in various body functions, including maintaining healthy skin, supporting brain function, and strengthening the immune system.
2. Golden powdered sugar
Although gold sugar is high in calories, it contains small amounts of minerals such as iron, calcium and potassium. However, it is important to limit sugar intake as excessive sugar consumption can lead to various health problems, including obesity and diabetes.
Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse and a good source of high-quality protein, vitamins (B12, D and A) and minerals (selenium and zinc). They can help repair muscles, maintain healthy hair and skin, and support optimal brain function.
4. Plain flour
Flour is the main ingredient for cupcake batter. Although it does not provide significant health benefits, it provides carbohydrates, which are the body’s main source of energy. Opting for whole wheat flour can increase nutritional value by containing more fiber, vitamins and minerals.
5. Cocoa powder
Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids, which may have potential benefits for heart health, reducing inflammation, and improving brain function. It also contains minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc.
6. Sodium bicarbonate
Baking soda, commonly known as baking powder, serves as a leavening agent in baking. It can aid digestion, neutralize stomach acid, and relieve heartburn symptoms. However, it is important to use it in moderation.
Buttermilk is a low-fat dairy product that provides calcium, phosphorus and riboflavin. It is easier to digest than regular milk and can contribute to a healthy gut due to its probiotic properties.
8. Red food coloring
Red food coloring is optional in this recipe, but it gives the cupcakes their signature bright red color. However, to avoid artificial additives, it is recommended to use natural food colorings.
9. Glace cherries
Cherries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins (C and A) and minerals (potassium and manganese). They have an anti-inflammatory effect, promote healthy sleep and help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
10. Double cream
Double cream is a rich source of saturated fats and calories. Although it gives the cupcakes a creamy texture, it should be consumed in moderation to avoid weight gain and heart problems.
11. Cherry jam or jam
Cherry jam or jam gives the cupcakes a fruity taste. Cherries contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help fight oxidative stress and reduce inflammation in the body.
12. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content offers various health benefits. It contains antioxidants, improves blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and can improve brain function. Eating dark chocolate in moderation can be part of a healthy diet.
13. Red icing or edible red glitter
Red icing or edible red glitter is an optional decoration option for the cupcakes. However, it should be noted that these decorative elements usually contain artificial food colorings, so using them sparingly is recommended.