Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes

Cherry Cordial Chocolate Cupcakes are a perfectly decadent delicious cupcake! They taste just like those cherry cordials we all love but in party-friendly cupcake form! Who can resist? The perfect treat for Valentines or a birthday.

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I always love the abundance of cherry cordials at the store during the Christmas and Valentines season, And My mom could always get the best ones from a local chocolate shop and they were not just the tiny size ones, as a child these were probably bigger than my palm and they were oh so irresistible.
I thought it could be equally as decadent, if not more, in cupcake form and I would have to say that assumption was spot on. These cupcakes are divine! They’re perfect chocolatey decadence topped with all the flavors of a cherry cordial filling and generous chocolate glaze drizzle, because why not?

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And don’t forget the cherry on top! Growing up I would always ask for a cherry on top of my ice cream when we would go through the drive-through, some things never change because on occasion I will remember that and it really just makes ice cream that much better.
These chocolate cupcakes are one of my favorites, And They’re wonderfully chocolatey and the texture of their crumb is everything you look for in a chocolate cupcake – moist, soft and tender, with just enough structure to hold a buttercream frosting. Then that frosting, oh that frosting, you are going to love it! Happy baking!

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Cherry Cordial Chocolate Cupcakes

Cherry Cordial Chocolate Cupcakes are a perfectly decadent delicious cupcake!

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Cordial Cupcakes
Author: Jaclyn from cooking classy


3 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (semi-sweet works too for a milder flavor, I have tested both)
1/3 cup (29g) unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed, I used regularly)
3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup (116g) bread flour
3/4 cup (155g) granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
2 large eggs
2 tsp white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate Ganache
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup butter, softened
1- 2 pinches of salt, to taste
3 cups (330g) powdered sugar
2 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice, and more if needed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Red food coloring, optional
1/2 of the maraschino cherries from 1 (10 oz) jar, chopped and wrapped in paper towels to dry slightly
24 maraschino cherries, And more for topping

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