Brandied Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes


Valentines day is here again and Judy and I love doing something special for our families.

Whether it is a quiet meal shared with the family, romantic “I love you” cards for the hubbies or jewelry and flowers for Mom and the girls, our most favorite thing is anything chocolate!

We decided these cupcakes are the perfect present for the most romantic day of the year, just the right size and sinfully decadent.

Working that day and out of time? Here is our Twice Baked “2 Minute Take” for a fabulous shortcut: Start with a box cake mix, it will be quicker, or better yet buy store bought chocolate cupcakes already frosted and decorate with chocolate cherries ( you can even buy chocolate covered cherries)…no one will know! Happy Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Cupcakes


  • ?2 2/3 cups all -purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2/3  cup corn oil
  • 1 1/4 cups ice-cold water



Preheat oven to 350F. Line the cupcake pan with the papers liners. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.  In another bowl whisk together the eggs until blended and now add the sour cream and vanilla extract until blended. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the melted butter and oil together at low speed. Add the cold water and mix to blend. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix for one minute. Add the egg mixture and mix for one minute more, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.  Fill  cupcake pans only 2/3 of the way filled and bake for 17-20 minutes. Every oven temperature is different. Keep checking and insert with a wooden toothpick to check.

Decadent Chocolate Frosting


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup hot fudge topping



Cream the butter and the shortening. Sift the cocoa and the confectioners sugar and add to the creamed mixture. Add 1 tablespoon of milk to keep the mixture smooth (if you need another, add 1 tablespoon more at a time). But wait to do it until the end. Now add the hot fudge topping and the vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and creamy.

Dip maraschino cherries into 1 cup chocolate chips that have been melted in microwave. Place on wax paper to dry and top your cupcake!

Photo credit: distopiandreamgirl via Flickr (Note: recipe has been modified from pictured cupcakes) 



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