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Cherry Pineapple Cupcakes

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The piña colada flavor is great… but totally overdone. I wanted to mix it up for this recipe with something tropical, but didn’t want to include coconut. The natural flavor combination was maraschino cherry and pineapple.  And now, this might be my favorite new cupcake!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

WHAT YOU NEED:

CUPCAKES:

  • Pineapple Cake Mix (get on Amazon, or use yellow cake mix)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water (if using yellow cake mix, replace with pineapple juice)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

FILLING:

  • 10 oz crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

CHERRY FROSTING:

  • 16 oz jar maraschino cherries w/ juice
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice

MAKE THEM:

CUPCAKES:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line cupcake pan, and set aside. Do not spray.

In a large bowl, combine all cake ingredients until just mixed.

Fill cupcake liners a little over 1/2 full of batter and bake 15-18 minutes.

FILLING:

In a small saucepan, add the filling ingredients and cook over medium heat.

Once it begins to boil, stir until it thickens (about 2 minutes).

Place in fridge after allowing to cool.

Once your cupcakes are totally cooled, poke holes in them with a straw (I poke four holes per cupcake, and try to keep them around the edges).

Lightly spoon cherry juice over them, let them soak, and then repeat once more.

Core each cupcake, saving the top of the pieces you take out.

Spoon in pineapple filling, then replace top.

CHERRY WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING:

In your mixing bowl, whip 2 cups heavy whipping cream until it begins to thicken and move as one element in your bowl.

Add powdered sugar and cherry juice and beat until thick frosting consistency. Add more cherry juice if you want more flavor.

Use red food coloring to make it more vibrant.

Frost your cupcakes and place a cherry on top!

ENJOY!

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5 from 2 votes

Cherry Pineapple Cupcakes

These are a fun, summery cupcake bursting with flavor!

Ingredients

CUPCAKES:

  • Pineapple Cake Mix get on Amazon, or use yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water if using yellow cake mix, replace with pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

FILLING:

  • 10 oz crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

CHERRY FROSTING:

  • 16 oz jar maraschino cherries w/ juice
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice

Instructions

CUPCAKES:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line cupcake pan, and set aside. Do not spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine all cake ingredients until just mixed.
  • Fill cupcake liners a little over 1/2 full of batter and bake 15-18 minutes.

FILLING:

  • In a small saucepan, add the filling ingredients and cook over medium heat.
  • Once it begins to boil, stir until it thickens (about 2 minutes).
  • Place in fridge after allowing to cool.
  • Once your cupcakes are totally cooled, poke holes in them with a straw (I poke four holes per cupcake, and try to keep them around the edges).
  • Lightly spoon cherry juice over them, let them soak, and then repeat once more.
  • Core each cupcake, saving the top of the pieces you take out.
  • Spoon in pineapple filling, then replace top.

CHERRY WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING:

  • In your mixing bowl, whip 2 cups heavy whipping cream until it begins to thicken and move as one element in your bowl.
  • Add powdered sugar and cherry juice and beat until thick frosting consistency. Add more cherry juice if you want more flavor.
  • Use red food coloring to make it more vibrant.
  • Frost your cupcakes and place a cherry on top!

 

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.

4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Just when I think that there couldn’t be another more yummy recipe, there is! And I am so looking forward to making these. Thanks.

  2. 5 stars
    I like the flavors. I don’t like coconut in anything so I’m glad these are tropical without it.

  3. Delicious looking! I’ll be giving these a try for sure. Great flavor combinations and different from regular cupcakes! Thank you.

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