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Maraschino Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

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I love a cute, sweet little cupcake that’s light and fun.  I also like surprises in my cupcakes, which is why so many of them sweets stuffed inside! This Maraschino Cherry Cheesecake Cupcake fits both of those requirements, and it’s absolutely amazing. This whipped cream, by the way…. RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS!  You’ll need Cheesecake Jell-O Pudding Mix, that you can find in most grocery stores, or on Amazon. This will totally become your favorite frosting 🙂

WHAT YOU NEED

CAKE:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

FILLING:

  • Maraschino cherries (10 ounce jar with liquid)
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter

CHEESECAKE WHIPPED CREAM:

MAKE THEM

Preheat oven to 350 degrees & prep your muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Mix cake ingredients until just combined.

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full of batter.

Bake for 16-21 minutes.

MAKE THE FILLING

Drain the juice from the cherries, and set it aside.

Dice up cherries into quarters.

Place cherries, juice, sugar and starch into small pot and bring to boil over medium-high heat.

Stir often, and once it starts to thicken, watch it closely. You want a cherry pie filling consistency.

Remove from heat and add butter.  Stir until melted completely.

Core cupcakes and spoon in the cherry filling, once both are cool.

MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM

Whip 2 cups heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form.

Add powdered sugar and pudding mix, and beat until peaks are slightly stiffer.  NOTE – WATCH this carefully, because it sets up very quickly.

Frost cupcakes and add a cherry to the top of each, then dig in and ENJOY your masterpieces!

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5 from 3 votes

Maraschino Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

These light, sweet, fun little cupcakes offer a little surprise inside! And this cheesecake whipped cream will quickly become your new favorite!

Ingredients

CAKE:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

FILLING:

  • Maraschino cherries 10 ounce jar with liquid
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter

CHEESECAKE WHIPPED CREAM:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 box Cheesecake Jell-O Pudding Mix 3.5 oz
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees & prep your muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees & prep your muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  • Mix cake ingredients until just combined.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full of batter.
  • Bake for 16-21 minutes.

MAKE THE FILLING:

  • Drain the juice from the cherries, and set it aside.
  • Dice up cherries into quarters.
  • Place cherries, juice, sugar and starch into small pot and bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  • Stir often, and once it starts to thicken, watch it closely. You want a cherry pie filling consistency.
  • Remove from heat and add butter.  Stir until melted completely.
  • Core cupcakes and spoon in the cherry filling, once both are cool.

MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM

  • Whip 2 cups heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  • Add powdered sugar and pudding mix, and beat until peaks are slightly stiffer.  NOTE - WATCH this carefully, because it sets up very quickly.
  • Frost cupcakes and add a cherry to the top of each, then dig in and ENJOY your masterpieces!

Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    What great flavors in this. I want to try that frosting even if I don’t make the cupcakes.

  2. 5 stars
    I gave never heard of these before. But the look amazing! Thanks for another fantastic recipe.

  3. Such a fun surprise that there is cherry in the center too. Unexpected and delightful

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