Black forest cupcakes – one of the festive cupcakes I have ever had. Cupcakes with beautiful bread crumb, filled with cherry syrup, frosted with not so traditional cream cheese frosting and finally topped with delicious ruby red British cherries.
I can definitely say that these are the yummiest cupcake I have everrr..tasted. The secret behind the delicacy is the most delicious cherries. I would not have realised the importance of cherries in this recipe till I tasted country grown British cherries. Fortunately I have got an opportunity to work with Berry gardens recently. They sent lots of punnets of authentic British cherries to me. They were so delicious that one can’t stop at one. Me and my son could not resist ourselves from eating a few punnets right there.
First let me tell you some info about berry gardens.
British cherries have been grown across the UK for over 2,000 years and are celebrated for their exceptional quality and versatility. ‘Go Cherry’ growers produce British cherries in orchards across the length and breadth of the UK and have generations of expertise in producing the perfect cherry every time.
Go Cherry growers are mostly family businesses and combine years of knowledge with a deep-rooted passion for superior quality and taste. By choosing cherries grown within the UK, one will be sure to notice the difference in freshness and the super sweet flavour from these wonderful local- heritage fruits. If you want to know more about them, please visit: http://www.berrygardens.co.uk/british-cherries/
If you find hard to them in market, these delicious cherries come into season from June, British Cherries are available in all UK supermarkets.
One most important point I forgot to mention is the health benefit of these British Cherries. These Cherries hold an abundance of health benefits as they are high in melatonin, which is an integral hormone for promoting healthy sleep patterns and contain a rich natural source of anthocyanins; powerful antioxidants which give the fruit its ruby red colour.
I have also shared fail proof black forest cake recipe few days back. Go and check it now. Lets jump to recipe now.
Black forest cupcakes - one of the festive cupcakes I have ever had. Cupcakes with beautiful bread crumb, filled with cherry syrup, frosted with not so traditional cream cheese frosting and finally topped with delicious ruby red British cherries.
- 213 grams all purpose flour 1 ½ cups
- 200 grams granulated Sugar 1 cup
- 50 grams cocoa powder ½ cup
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 3 grams
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 2 grams
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 248 ml milk 1 cup+ 1 tablespoon
- 112 grams oil ½ cup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla Extract
- 2 teaspoon Vinegar
- 2 cups pitted and halved sweet cherries
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 ounce package cream cheese chilled
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- A pinch teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line mini cupcake pan with paper liners. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder salt and cocoa).
In another mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (oil, milk, vanilla and vinegar).
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk together until smooth.
Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
Bake cupcakes for 16 to 18 minutes (17 minutes was the magic number for most) until the toothpick inserted in the center of each cupcake comes out clean. Take the closer look.
Add the cherries, granulated sugar, lemon juice, water, and corn starch to a saucepan and mix until well combined.
Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture has thickened.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract, then set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl, add chilled cream cheese and with an electric hand beater beat it for 30 seconds.
Add the sugar, salt and vanilla and continue beating until fully combined. Make sure that sugar is fully combined otherwise it would result in grittiness.
Slowly stream the cream from one side of the bowl into the mixture while continuing to beat the mixture. This will help reduce splashing. Beat until the mixture is fully combined and has formed stiff peaks.
Beat until the mixture is smooth and has formed stiff peaks.
Use immediately for frosting. Store leftovers into the refrigerator.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration with Berry gardens brand. However all opinions are mine.