Very Cherry Cupcakes

Very Cherry Cupcakes

The ultimate pink cupcake!  Moist, rich cherry cake bejeweled with cherries, topped with a creamy cherry frosting and a cherry on top!

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.

The ultimate pink cupcake!  Moist, rich cherry cake bejeweled with cherries, topped with a creamy cherry frosting and a cherry on top!

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.

The ultimate pink cupcake!  Moist, rich cherry cake bejeweled with cherries, topped with a creamy cherry frosting and a cherry on top!

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!

The ultimate pink cupcake!  Moist, rich cherry cake bejeweled with cherries, topped with a creamy cherry frosting and a cherry on top!

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!!

The ultimate pink cupcake!  Moist, rich cherry cake bejeweled with cherries, topped with a creamy cherry frosting and a cherry on top!

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Very Cherry Cupcakes

These pretty, pink cupcakes are packed with flavor and perfect for Spring. Great for bake sales, birthday parties or anytime you're craving a great cupcake!

45 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 1/2 c. butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/3 c. buttermilk
  • 1 (10 oz) jar, maraschino cherries, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. reserved maraschino cherry syrup (from the jar of cherries)
  • Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. reserved maraschino cherry syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • a few drops of red food coloring
  • 1 (10 oz.) jar, maraschino cherries WITH stems
  • 5 1/2 - 6 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line (two) 12-cup cupcake tins with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with a stand or hand mixer, on low, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. While still on low, gradually add the egg whites one at a time. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, while mixer is on low. Batter will be smooth and creamy. Measure out the buttermilk, add the cherry syrup and stir. While mixer is on low, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the batter. Lastly, add the chopped cherries, and slowly mix just until evenly dispersed into the batter.
  4. Add the batter to the lined cupcakes and fill to 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and free of crumbs. Let cupcakes cool.
  5. While cupcakes are cooling, mix the frosting. With a clean bowl and stand or hand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter. Add the cherry syrup and vanilla, and continue to mix until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar one cup at a time. (Do this slowly, so you don't end up with powdered sugar everywhere.) Frosting will be thick and creamy. Lastly, add a few drops of red food coloring and thoroughly mix into the frosting to achieve a pink color. Spread or pipe on to the cooled cupcakes. Top with an additional maraschino cherry with stem.

**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

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!



The ultimate pink cupcake!  Moist, rich cherry cake bejeweled with cherries, topped with a creamy cherry frosting and a cherry on top!


  1. These cupcakes are so beautiful! Really perfect to celebrate spring!
  2. Oh wow these look amazing! I love cherries and the frosting looks finger licking good :-) Checking these out from the tuesday talent show! Cathy
  3. These are so cute--almost too pretty to eat! l love the pink icing. :)
  4. These look beautiful. I love the frosting recipe especially. Cream cheese frosting is always amazing and in my humble opinion a whole lot tastier than most buttercreams. Pinned instantly. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, Erin! Thankfully I get to enjoy pretty flowers year-round here in the tropics but I definitely miss springtime, my favorite season ever!
    • says
      Jelli! I'm totally with you on the Cream Cheese frosting! Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Erin
  5. These look delicious...and almost too pretty to eat!
    • says
      Haha, almost!! They are just as good to eat, as they are to look at. Hope you get to enjoy, Ariean! ~Erin
  6. These cupcakes couldn't be any more gorgeous, Erin! I have always wanted to go to DC when Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom, especially after a rough winter!!!
    • says
      Hi kathi! The Cherry Blossom festival is beautiful! And yes, it will be especially nice after the brutal winter we've had. Enjoy the cupcakes! ~erin
  7. Oh my goodness! How I love a cupcake. Especially one as pretty as these! Awesome photographs! Crossing my fingers spring comes {and stays} soon!
    • says
      Thanks so much, Ashley! I love me a cupcake about any time. Thanks so much for stopping by. ~Erin
  8. I love the color and the Cherry on top! Coming from Wake Up Wednesdays! Visit me on my blog. Thanks
  9. Hi Erin! these cupcakes look so great and love the pretty pink! Stopping over from Love Bakes Good Cakes and pinning! Have a great Friday!
  10. Your cupcakes look too good to eat. I love cherry flavored desserts. They look moist and that icing just makes me want a cherry cupcake now. Visiting from Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. Have a wonderful evening. Angel
    • says
      Thanks so much Angel! They are very moist, flavorful, and the frosting is perfect! Hope you get to enjoy! ~Erin
  11. OMG These look amazing!! My mouth is watering lol I would love for you to share this at my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :)
  12. Erin, just popping in again to say I'm so happy you shared these wonderful cupcakes at Best of the Weekend - thank you! Sharing and pinning. Happy Saturday!
  13. Love these cupcakes pretty shade of pink! So pretty and delish-looking!
  14. I will definitely be trying this recipe. These cute cupcakes look and sound delicious. I have never had the opportunity to see the cherry blossoms in DC. I will be there late this year - November. Sigh. Thank you for sharing. ~Kelly unDeniably Domestic
    • says
      Hi Kelly! A little known secret, DC and Northern Virginia is seriously beautiful in the Fall! November is a beautiful time of year here - you'll definitely enjoy it. Hope you get to enjoy the cupcakes soon, also! Happy Spring! ~Erin
  15. These are so pretty, and I just love maraschino cherries! Pinned to my cupcake board! Stopping by from Saturday Night Fever!
  16. Crystal says
    Erin these look divine!!!
  17. The cupcakes look gorgeous :) I can't wait to try them.
  18. Thanks so much for sharing on my T.G.I.F. linky party :) Have a great day!
  19. Oh man, these look so good. I've pinned your recipe and I will make them!
  20. BH&G is my very favorite cookbook. Got one as a wedding gift in 1970 and had to buy a new one because I used it so much the pages were worn out. Plus my grown up grand asked if she could have it. :-) Pinned the recipe because as soon as I get back from grocery shopping I'm going to make it.
  21. I've featured these gorgeous cherry cupcakes on my blog, hoping that you don't mind, but if you do, please contact me and I'll remove it. All the best.
    • says
      Hi Vera! I don't mind at all. Thanks so much for featuring!! All the best for a wonderful week. ~Erin
  22. Gorgeous cupcakes! I modified slightly to make Cherry Whoopie Pies with a Chocolate Ganache filling. Super yummy!! A great idea for Valentine's Day, President's Day and and cherry season. Thanks for the inspiration!
  23. I made these cupcakes tonight, half batch, and despite the fact that I am making the frosting in the morning as I ran out of time this evening I had to see how the cake turned out. So of course I tried a piece of one of the case....and proceeded to finish the entire cupcake as it tasted amazing! It was so moist and flavorful! I can't wait to see what the frosting tastes like tomorrow. I will definitely be adding this to my favorites list!


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