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Black Forest Cupcakes

Wanna know what’s super fun? Shopping for car insurance. Wanna know what makes it all better – these.

After a lengthy one sided discussion with my insurance agent, I have learned how Washington state comes up with their drivers license numbers. And someday I’m almost certain that useless bit of knowledge will come in super handy. *shakes head ‘no’* But on the plus side it will save us a few hundred bucks a year – which means, Mama gets a new camera lens. Or not. Maybe someday? But my highly reasonable husband will insist on waiting until he’s done with nursing school in like, 71.3 years… Mama ain’t never gettin’ her new lens.

Of course when you get your mind set on something, like Frye boots that your ginormous Czech calves will never fit into – you can’t help but hyper-focus on it. Much like this camera lens. So, thanks Julie for instigating this new fangled fascination with the 60mm lens. I equally love and hate you with love right now.

In turn, after eating one of these…fine, three… my hyper-focus is shifting to dark chocolate cake, topped with heavy whip, drizzled with warm, body hugging cherry kirsch and sexy chocolate shavings. Chocolate shavings are sexy, right?


Am I the only one who also adores gingham in any color? Thank you Sur la Table for shoving me over the edge. Lawwwdd, halp me if I stumble onto the green ones in the store. I promise nothing… except to cupcake all the things!

Last but not least – Huck has really upped his game on the sad seal eyes. The force is strong with this one. It’s almost too tempting to resist. He’s been getting extra snacks, snuggling on the bed with mom, or more likely at my feet – because no one actually holds the dog while he sleeps – so I just call it cuddling to ease my own mind and make me think my dog likes me more than he actually does.

But there is one person he likes more than me. Her. Because she makes awesome pupper cookies that make the labradork drool over just staring at the computer. Yes, he looks at the computer. Yes, he drools. A. LOT.

And you can wipe up your drool from these. Or just make them and drool over them in person. I highly suggest it.

Black Forest Cupcakes

Yield: 12

Prep Time: 40 Minutes

Cook Time: 19 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour

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1 stick Butter, cubed
2 ounces Dark Chocolate
½ cup Cocoa Powder
1 cup Flour
¾ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
2 Eggs
¾ cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
½ tsp Salt
½ cup Sour Cream

1 cup Cherry Pie filling

¼ cup Cherry Kirsch or other Brandy
1 ½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
¼ cup Fine Sugar
12 maraschino cherries
Chocolate Shavings


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. In saucepan filled with about 1 cup of water, heat over the stove until just barely simmering. Cover with heat proof bowl like a make shift double boiler. Place butter, dark chocolate and cocoa powder into bowl and stir until the butter and the chocolate just melt and become smooth. Remove bowl from double boiler and set aside to cool.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder. In another medium bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, vanilla, and salt until light yellow. Whisk in the cooled chocolate until incorporated. Begin to whisk in the flour, alternating with additions of sour cream. Whisk until all ingredients are whisked together.
Spoon batter into cupcake liners and bake for 18-19 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in tin on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from tin and allow to finish cooling.

For Filling:
When cupcakes have cooled completely, hollow out middle of cupcake and spoon in a small amount of cherry pie filling. Place removed cupcake piece back on top of the cupcake. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

Drizzle all filled cupcakes with cherry kirsch or other brandy of choice. In a stand mixer with a whip attachment, beat whipping cream on medium speed until stiff peaks form. In last 15 seconds of whipping, slowly pour in fine bakers sugar to sweeten. Spoon whipped cream into a piping bag, or a plastic bag with the corner removed and pipe onto cupcakes. Top with chocolate shavings and a maraschino cherry.

Promptly devour.

Adapted from America's Test Kitchen Dark Chocolate cupcakes


24 Responses to “Black Forest Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — October 10, 2012 @ 6:04 am

    I’m a total sucker for black forest cake… and I know what you mean about the lens thing. If only money grew on trees! 🙂

  2. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 10, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    One word: incredible.
    LOOOOOVE these gorgeous cupcakes!

  3. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — October 10, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    Sadly, I’ve always wondered how they pick license plate numbers…is that weird? ha.
    If that 60mm lens is what Julie has been shooting with recently for all her photos, I want it too. I was JUST thinking that yesterday reading her post actually. Granted, you don’t need anything to make these cupcakes look better, I’m already drooling.

  4. #
    Mal @ The Chic Geek — October 10, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    These look so gorgeous, perfect, and absolutely delicious!

  5. #
    Brooke (Crackers on the Couch) — October 10, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Oh no you freakin’ did NOT hollow out the inside and put cherries in there! Dangit. I am trying really hard to be a good girl. Then you go and put cherries inside AND whipped cream on top! Dagnabbit. And Gorram BRANDY! You are making me fake swear over these, woman.

  6. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — October 10, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Umm. Yes please! These cupcakes look fantastic!

  7. #
    Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal — October 10, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Gorgeous! I love black forest so much…with lots of brandy. >.< Anywho, let's hope that Santa hears your prayer and sends you new lens.

  8. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — October 10, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    OH YES. Mamma. I want to eat that.

  9. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — October 10, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    So much cupcake lust going on right now. And I have that same towel, World Market needs a blogger outreach program.

  10. #
    Carrie@ Bakeaholic Mama — October 10, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    Love everything about these! I do a black forest cupcake every year for President’s Day Sale at Hubs office. … you know George Washington and the whole cherry tree thing? Yours look 100x prettier than mine. Think I will pin this for this coming February!

  11. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 10, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    These are gorgeous!

  12. #
    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — October 10, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    My Dad picked me up my first ever bakery cake for my seventh birthday. It was Black Forest, and I was immediately smitten with it. What’s not to love, chocolate, cherries and cream, yum! Super cute presentation.

  13. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — October 10, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    I know exactly how you feel about the lens…due to nursing school, I have to live in my apartment that doesn’t allow dogs/cats and can’t afford anything awesome that I want (camera). I always find myself saying (and I’m sure you guys do too) “when I’m out of nursing school I can do this, I can afford this, we can do this.” But just think, when he is done, you guys will be rolling in the dough. Hang in there!

    The frosting on these cupcakes seriously looks out of this world. If it is anything like your Bailey’s Frosting (which is my favorite of all time, I make it ALL THE TIME), it must be FANTASTIC!

  14. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 10, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    1. you NEED the 60mm.
    2. you already knew that, but i needed to tell you again.
    3. these cupcakes turned out GORGEOUS
    4. love that whipped cream frosting
    5. love you more
    6. SEND ME SOME!

  15. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 10, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    Julie really is good for convincing you to get things huh? lol I really want one of these cupcakes. I don’t care if I should be heading to bed.

  16. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 11, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    He’s definitely got those puppy eyes down! As for these cupcakes – amazing! I wish I had a couple for breakfast this morning!

  17. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — October 11, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Just drive safer and go ahead and get the lens, come on! Everybody’s doing it. And Huck, oh Huck. You are so lucky he’s really good at doing seal eyes. My pooch is really good at farting. You win.

  18. #
    Kirsten — October 11, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    I love gingham too, and I don’t care who knows it! If I could gingham and calico the world, I just might try. And there is nothing sexier than shaved chocolate sprinkles.

    Now I want a 60mm lens, too. Thanks for that.

    I’ll retaliate by telling you that DSW has *loads* of really cute boots with “wide calf” plastered all over them.

  19. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 11, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    Hello cupcake – want one now!

  20. #
    Baking Serendipity — October 11, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    I’m in the process of changing our address on every account we have. I think I need one of these cupcakes. (Or five. Ya know.)

  21. #
    Joanne — September 21, 2014 @ 3:26 am

    Just wondering if you could freeze these? If so would you do it before adding the filling or after.

    • Megan replied: — September 22nd, 2014 @ 5:11 am

      Hi Joanne, I have not tested freezing cupcakes before. Please feel free to test it out and report your findings! I would guess it’s best to freeze them without filling. Hope that helps!


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