Homemade Cherry Chip Cupcakes, not only are they absolutely delicious but they are just gorgeous to look at too.

Homemade Cherry Chip Cupcakes, not only are they absolutely delicious but they are just gorgeous to look at too.

I’ve been teasing you with pictures of this recipe all week long, so I figured I’d better just post it already or we might have a riot on our hands.

When I saw Annalise from Completely Delicious post her recipe for Cherry Chip Cake I knew that I had to make it. I just couldn’t get it out of my head! Her pictures are gorgeous and everything she makes is top notch (her quick and easy croissants are one of my favorites!). Pop over to her post and check it our yourself. She’s amazing, and this recipe did not disappoint. I made a few minor changes to the recipe and turned them into cupcakes but you can thank Annalise for the goodness because the recipe is hers.

Homemade Cherry Chip Cupcakes, not only are they absolutely delicious but they are just gorgeous to look at too.

I swapped out the cake flour for all-purpose so that the cupcakes would have a slightly more dense and sturdy crumb. When you want a hand-held treat it is nice when it sticks together. And the cherry flavoring is so delicious. It’s way better than a box of cherry chip cake and it’s not quiet as bold as just plain maraschino cherries. My husband, who doesn’t enjoy fake cherry flavoring, really did like these. I, who quite likes a boxed cherry chip cake, was completely sold. They were excellent! And this frosting… oh wow. It’s light and fluffy and has rich depth of flavor thanks to some vanilla, almond, and coconut flavoring. It still tastes like vanilla though; I promise you can’t taste the coconut.

Homemade Cherry Chip Cupcakes, not only are they absolutely delicious but they are just gorgeous to look at too.

So do yourself a little favor and keep track of this recipe for the next time you need a dessert. Not only are they absolutely delicious but they are just gorgeous to look at too.

And now I want to make another batch… peril of food blogging indeed!

Tips and Tricks for making Cherry Chip Cupcakes:

How can I tell when the cupcakes are done?

Insert a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean, with no streaks of batter they are done.

Homemade Cherry Chip Cupcakes, not only are they absolutely delicious but they are just gorgeous to look at too.


Cherry Chip Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Icing

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x


For the Cupcakes

  • 1 10-ounce jar maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

For the vanilla frosting:

  • 1 cup (unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon coconut extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners.
  2. Drain the marachino cherries and reserve the juice. Chop the cherries with a sharp knife.
  3. In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (stand mixer or hand mixer work great here), this should take 3-5 minutes. Add the egg whites one at a time, beating well after each ones. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and stir to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together.
  5. In a small bowl combine the buttermilk and 2 tablespoons of the reserved maraschino cherry juice.
  6. Add 1/3 of the flour to the sugar mixture and stir to combine. Add 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture to the sugar mixture and stir to combine. Repeat with another 1/3 of the flour, and then the rest of the buttermilk mixture, and finish with the last 1/3 of the flour, mixing after each addition. Stir in the chopped cherries.
  7. Put 1/3 of a cup of the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cake is done. You’ll know that they are done when you press lightly on the top and the cake springs back (no indent is left) or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. When they are done let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove them onto a wire rack and let them cool completely before frosting.

For the icing:

  1. Add all of the icing ingredient to the bowl of your stand mixer (with the whisk attachment on). Mix on low until the ingredients start to come together and then increase the speed to high. Mix on high for 4 to 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy. Place the icing in a pastry bag with an 2A tip and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
  2. Enjoy now or store any leftovers in an airtight container.


The icing consistency is important… you can find some tips on what you are looking for and how to achieve that texture/consistency here.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
  • Calories: 292
  • Sugar: 32g
  • Sodium: 100.8mg
  • Fat: 13.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.8g
  • Protein: 2.7g
  • Cholesterol: 65.4mg

Keywords: Cupcakes, Dessert, Cherry, Pink

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I hope these cupcakes hit the spot! Thanks for reading.

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17 Responses
  1. theresa krier

    so happy to see this recipe, i love maraschino cherries, my mom always made me one for my birthday every year growing up. so nice to have a homemade version, thanks so much!

  2. heather

    the ingredients and recipe directions don’t seem to be here anymore… it just says “ingredients” and when I click on the print button to see if it shows up there, it still just says ingredients and then the website link…

  3. heather

    oh, and the link for Completely Delicious cherry chip cake actually take me to your websites chocolate buttercream recipe… 😉

  4. Tammie

    Has anyone tried making these cupcakes with more of a liquid type cherry preserve? I just watched the kids baking challenge and one young man used just that. He got rave reviews from both Duff and Valerie. After viewing the episode I went on a search for a recipe and yours was the closest I came to finding such a recipe. I’m not too big on using extracts, fruity ones I should say, for the same reason why your husband isn’t a fan. If anyone can help with the type of recipe I’m looking for, I’d really appreciate it…

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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