Every year at this time, our area begins to see many tourists. We live in the Washington DC area, and spring is the time everyone wants to see the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom in our nations Capital. It really is a site to behold! The trees are gorgeous, and it turns the tidal basin of the Potomac and everywhere around it a glorious shade of pink.
We’ve had a pretty brutal winter here in the Mid-Atlantic. (We are literally waiting for yet ANOTHER snow storm to roll through tomorrow morning.) Regardless of our never-ending winter, the cherry blossoms are set to arrive soon. As far as I’m concerned, they can’t come soon enough! I’m SOOOOO ready for spring! With that being said, I needed to whip up a batch of these amazing Very Cherry Cupcakes to cheer on the upcoming arrival of spring and the cherry blossoms.
As far as I’m concerned, a good cupcake must have two components that take it from good to great. Those two components are obviously, cake quality and frosting. I’ve had numerous cupcakes (some REALLY expensive ones from fancy cupcakeries) that really disappoint on one of the two of these areas. Either the cake is DRY, or the frosting tastes like a mixture of granulated sugar and butter flavored shortening. Lets face it – there’s nothing worse than a dry cupcake…oh wait, yes there is. A dry cupcake with seriously disappointing frosting – that is the worst!
I’m here to tell you, and my husband and son can definitely attest, these cupcakes score some high marks on both cake quality AND frosting tastiness! The cake for these Very Cherry Cupcakes takes an already moist cake recipe and amps it up with some chopped maraschino cherries. The frosting is a delicious cream cheese frosting, lightly flavored with the maraschino cherry syrup that nicely compliments the cake. Topped with a lovely cherry, these cupcakes are not only beautiful, they taste out-of-this world!!
**This recipe was adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens: Baking cookbook, from the White Cake recipe. You can purchase this fantastic cook book at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/better-homes-and-gardens-baking-better-homes-gardens/1116529856?ean=9781118453261
These cupcakes are perfect for a spring celebration, a bake sale, a little girls birthday party, or even a cute baby shower. The pink color is lovely, and the cherry cake makes it even better. Garnished with a cherry on top, these are an ideal cupcake for any event!
I hope spring has already arrived where you are. I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival here along with the beautiful cherry blossoms, and I’ll have one of these cupcakes in my hand to celebrate!