Cherry Cupcakes

When I started this blog, I had never made a cupcake even being in love with this gorgeous treat. I thought that some of the cutest cupcakes should have a pink frosting with one cherry on top. So I drew this cupcake to use as a logo to my blog. But until now, I hadn't made a real cherry cupcake. 

Cherries are in season, so I decided to recreate my draw in a real and delicious cupcake. I made a vanilla cupcake filled with cherry brandy compote. I prepared a white chocolate ganache for the frosting, then I incorporated some cherry compote to add pink color. How beautiful are they with the fresh cherries on top?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Cherry Cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes
makes 6

1 cup cake flour, sifted
½  cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
½ cup butter, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoon milk
6 fresh cherries

Line 6 cupcake cups with papers lines. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer bowl and beat with the paddle attachment for about a minute or until light and creamy.
Fill each cupcake line two-thirds full with batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until risen and just firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Assembly: With a small paring knife cut a cone out of the center of each cupcake. Add about 1 tablespoon cherry brandy compote (recipe below).  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip with the cherry white chocolate ganache (recipe below) and pipe on the cupcakes. Add one fresh cherry.

Cherry Brandy Compote

1/3 cup Brandy
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tb glucose syrup
1 Tb lime juice
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted

Place all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon about 10 minutes.

White chocolate and cherry ganache
 1/2 cup heavy cream
16 ounces white chocolate, chopped 
1/4 cup cherry brandy compote

Bring cream just to the boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, add chocolate, stand until melted (5 minutes), and stir until smooth and glossy. Refrigerate until firm yet still pliable (45 minutes-1 hour) then stir until smooth. Pour the cooled ganache into the bowl of a mixer and beat on high speed with whisk attachment for 5 minutes. Add the brandy compote and mix with a spoon to get a smooth cream. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted a star tip.

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  1. Love everything about this post! Your draw, the cupcakes, pictures! Just beautiful

  2. The Cherry on top of the cupcakes look so presentable! And... I like you post the real cupcakes on the left and the sketch drawing on the right! And the sketch drawing Cherry Cupcakes is on your Headline Blog too!!

  3. your photography is always amazing, i absolutely love coming to our blog :)

  4. Yum, I love cherries. Great pictures!

  5. I love cherries and these look so good and cute!

  6. They look stunning! Just like unreal! I wouldn't be able to eat such beauties :)

  7. I love that your ganache is both colored and flavored with real cherries. So much nicer than artificial additives. The white choc, heavy cream and brandy would make it especially tasty!

  8. Wow, stunning photography! I could learn a thing or two from looking at your blog. These cupcakes look fabulous. I must try these!!

  9. just amazingly beautiful!!!

  10. What, it was your drawing? Amazing!!! You are not only talented baker and photographer, but great artist! Well, it starts to make sense you are such an artist in kitchen... :D This is a total beauty, Luciana!!

  11. I'm sure the cherry brandy compote and the ganache taste as delicious as they look in your pics!

  12. Yum! I really like this recipe. And lovely shots too!

  13. I will echo so many of these comments, your photography is amazing I also love to photograph food and this just makes ya wanna take a big o bite of this beautiful cupcake.
    thank you for sharing :)

  14. I want to make these for my husband. What is glucose syrup? Is that like corn syrup? If not, what is it and where can I get some? Thanks, it looks super tasty and I can't wait to surprise him =)

  15. Hi Ashley! Glucose syrup is also known as corn syrup. A common brand found on the market is Karo. It gives a smooth texture to compotes and jams. Your husband will love this recipe!
    lulu, xo

  16. How pretty are these cupcakes?! I'm sure they taste amazing too. You should enter them in the cupcake crown contest: http://www.celebrations.com/cupcakecrown/



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