A Red Velvet Cupcake filled with a delicious from-scratch cherry sauce. Topped with chocolate ganache and chocolate-dipped cherries. These Valentine’s Day Cherry Red Velvet Cupcakes are the perfect sweet gift for someone special this upcoming Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day Cherry Red Velvet Cupcakes
When I think of Valentine’s Day, I tend to think of Chocolate and Red Velvet Cupcakes. When we are kids we give out cute Valentine’s Day cards with little candy hearts or lollipops. Although the candy hearts were fantastic and what kid doesn’t like a lollipop? I always looked forward to the baked goods some parents would bring in during the parties.
By the way, there’s no better party than a Valentine’s day party in elementary school! Oh the decorations, the cute activity pages they give you. Oops, I went too far down memory lane, sorry folks! My favorite among the baked goods during this time of the year, was, of course, Red Velvet Cupcakes!
Facts About Red Velvet Cake
- That there’s an urban legend that the cake got its start at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City?
- According to Facebook, the country with the highest number of red velvet cake fans is the United States.
Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes
No wonder why Red Velvet Cupcakes went so well with Cream Cheese Frosting, and cherries yum! Well, to mix it up this year, I decided to top my Red Velvet Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache. Of Course, I made it from scratch! It’s only two ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make.
To pump up my cupcakes I filled them with one of my favorite Cherry Filling recipes where it is so finger licking good you won’t want to miss it.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache
To complete this cupcake I dipped more cherries into the chocolate ganache and set them to dry while I filled the rest of the cupcakes. To make the white drizzle I just used some white chocolate melts I had, you can buy them from almost any food retailer.
I used the double broiler method and melted it down, then drizzles it over the cherries. I topped my cupcakes with these cherries and threw on my kid’s favorite candy hearts. They turned out fantastic! I was able to freeze them without cracking the ganache, to keep them fresh for the kid’s Valentines Day party.
Red Velvet Cupcakes – Cherry Filling
- Boxed Red Velvet Cake Mix
- substitute the water for milk
- pitted Cherries
- granulated sugar
- orange juice
I’m a huge fan of using boxed cake mix when it comes to saving time. Not only is this delicious cupcake recipe easy to eat, but it’s made with just a few ingredients you can find in your kitchen or at your local grocery store. I’m in love with this homemade cherry filling that I promise you will want to make time and time again.
How to Pit Cherries
I fell in love with this easy hack on how to pit cherries in just 5 minutes. Measure 2 cups of fresh cherries If you have already pitted cherries skip the next few steps. Wash and then place them in between two sheets of wax paper.
Use an object like a measuring glass and then gingerly tap on the cherries. I had to be a little more gingerly than I usually am so don’t be shy with how hard you tap on the cherries.
Once you see the cherry juice squirt out you know you’re getting somewhere with this. Remove the top wax paper and then just simply remove the pits from the now opened cherries. Now move on to the next step to make the homemade cherry reduction that will go inside of our red velvet cupcakes.
Making the Cherry Filling
Now let’s whip up this delicious cherry sauce filling that will go inside of our red velvet cupcakes. To start, add in the butter, sugar to a medium-sized saucepan. Let that cook together until it is just combined, it will look like the photo above.
Next, we will Add in the orange juice (optional but recommended), flour, and then the cherries. Cook on this on low to medium heat as directed on the recipe card. Once the sauce is reduced down and the cherries are fully cooked through, remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool completely.
Add The Homemade Cherry Filling
It’s time to add the homemade cherry sauce to our cupcakes, to start we will need a cupcake corer. However, if you don’t have one of those on hand you can use a sharp knife. Using the cupcake corer or sharp knife, cut a hole in the cupcakes, but save the tops! Add in the chilled Cherry filling and then set aside again.
- 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 Cups of Semi-Sweet chocolate chips
A super simple chocolate ganache made with your favorite brand of chocolate. Using a double broiler method, bring 3 cups of water to a low boil. Add in the heavy whipping cream and heat it up till it’s just about boiling. When the cream is warm to the touch add in the chocolate chips and then stir till mixed.
Let the ganache sit for a minimum of 1 hour before using, this allows it to set. Pout the mixture over the cherry-filled cupcakes and then top them with chocolate-dipped cherries and sprinkles!
Cherry Topping: Dip whole or pitted cherries in the chocolate ganache and then set aside, melt the white chocolate in a double boiler method and then drizzle over the tops of the cherries. Top your cupcakes with cherries and then serve.
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- 1 Boxed Red Velvet Cake Mix
- mix as directed except substitute the water for milk
- 2 Cups of pitted Cherries
- 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 3 Tablespoons of Flour
- 1 Tablespoon of Butter
- 1 Tablespoon of orange juice, optional I used it at a last moment's notice.
- Chocolate Ganache:
- 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 Cups of Semi Sweet chocolate chips
- Bake Cupcakes as directed, but replace the water with milk as an ingredient, bake and then set aside.
- Measure 2 cups of fresh cherries If you have already pitted cherries skip the next few steps. Wash and then place them in between two sheets of wax paper.
- Use an object like a measuring glass and then gingerly tap on the cherries. I had to be a little more gingerly than I usually am so don't be shy with how hard you tap on the cherries. Once you see the cherry juice squirt out you know you're getting somewhere with this.
- Remove the top wax paper and then just simply remove the pits from the now opened cherries.
- In a medium/small saucepan add in the butter, sugar and then let them combine.
- Add in the orange juice (optional), flour, and then the cherries. Cook on low/medium heat for 5-7 minutes. set aside to cool
- Cut a hole in the cupcakes, but save the tops. Add in the chilled Cherry filling and then set aside again.
- In a double broiler method bring the heavy whipping cream to a low boil, add the chocolate chips and then stir till mixed. Let sit for a minimum of 1 hour before using. Pout the mixture over the cherry filled cupcakes.
- Topping: Dip whole or pitted cherries in the chocolate ganache and then set aside, melt the white chocolate in a double boiler method and then drizzle over the tops of the cherries. Top your cupcakes with the cherries and then serve.
Serving Size:1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 2g