Cherry Cupcakes

Yellow cupcakes with cherry buttercream frosting topped with a maraschino cherry.

yellow cupcakes with cherry frosting

I love everything cherry. Summer is the best season for cherry lovers like me. Although I love fresh cherries I decided to make this recipe with marashino cherries. They are super sweet and packed in cherry juice which we will be using for the frosting.

The frosting is rich and creamy with a hint of cherry and almond extract. For a surprise I placed a marashino cherry in the center of each cupcake.

cherry cupcakes

This is a quick and easy dessert that can be made in less than an hour start to finish. I used boxed cake mix for my cupcakes to speed along the process.

My goal was to create a quick dessert that looked like it took a lot of time.

cherry almond cupcakes

This recipe is pretty simple, make the cupcakes per the package instructions plop a cherry down into the center of each cupcake and bake.

The frosting is a classic butter cream frosting with almond extract and cherry juice.

When you cut open the cupcake you will see the surprise maraschino cherry!

marashino cherry cupcakes

I like a lot of frosting on my cupcakes. This recipe has plenty of frosting to frost all of the cupcakes with extra left over to lick the spoon.

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Cherry Cupcakes

3 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 24
Yellow cupcakes with cherry buttercream frosting topped with a maraschino cherry.


  • Box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoon juice from maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 24 maraschino cherries plus extra for garnish


  • Bake cupcakes per package instructions. After you add the batter to the cupcake pan drop a marashino cherry in each cupcake. My cupcakes cooked at 350 degree for about 12 minutes. They are done when a toothpick or knife comes out clean.
  • Beat butter until creamy in a mixer with the whisk attachment. Add in powdered sugar, marashino cherry juice, almond extract and milk.
  • If frosting is a bit runny add more powdered sugar. If it is too thick add some more milk or cherry juice. Garnish with a marashino cherry on each.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Cherry Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 191mg8%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Sugar 35g39%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Cupcakes


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