Vanilla Cupcakes with Cherry Butter Cream Icing

These cupcakes are rad.  Oh yes, I went there…kickin’ it back 80’s style. That’s how good they are. You may recall a while back I confessed that I couldn’t seem to make a cake.  Or icing.  Especially icing. The last icing I made tasted like I just smeared butter on to the cake.  Gross.

So I held a little Cake, Cupcake & Icing Linky Party to get some great recipes and there were many to choose from! But there was one in particular that I found myself going back to.  Over and over. Jennifurla over at Indigo’s Sugar Spectrum, linked up her Fresh Cherry Cake & Fresh Cherry Butter Cream.  Yeeuuum!

I knew I wanted to make the icing for sure,  but I wanted to make the cupcake just plain vanilla. I love vanilla cupcakes almost more than any type of dessert.  And I thought the pairing would work fabulously!  Let me tell you it did! The cupcakes are vanilla-y and moist. And the icing tastes sweet and creamy with the lovely flavour of fresh cherries!  Divine!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Cherry Butter Cream Icing

Vanilla Cupcakes with Cherry Butter Cream Icing
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Vanilla Cupcakes with Cherry Butter Cream Icing

  • Yield: 24 cupcakes


Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs

Fresh Cherry Butter Cream Icing

  • 3 tbsp fresh cherry puree
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Making the cupcakes:

  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Add the butter in chunks, to the flour mix, then add 3/4 cup milk. Beat on low for 1 minute.
  3. Add eggs, and the remaining milk.
  4. Beat until smooth.
  5. Pour the batter into approximately 24 muffin cups.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Cool before icing them.

Making the icing:

  1. First puree about 8 cherries, then measure out 3 tbsp. Set aside.
  2. Sift icing sugar.
  3. In a mixer, beat butter until soft and fluffy.
  4. Add sifted icing sugar, and mix until well combined.
  5. Add vanilla and cherry puree.
  6. Then ice your cupcakes after they have cooled.
  7. Expect pure silence at your table while devouring these tasty treats!


The cupcake recipe works great for a cake too. Just put the batter into 2 lightly buttered 8-inch baking pans, and bake for 35-40 minutes. I also line the bottom of my cake pans with a circle of wax paper. The cakes then slide out like butta!

(from Indigo’s Sugar Spectrum)

Now just imagine all the possible flavour combinations for the icing…

…blueberry butter cream…

…strawberry butter cream…

…raspberry butter cream…


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  • Reply Kaitlyn August 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Oh my those look delicious!!! Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely going to make them sometime!

    In our sea of love

  • Reply Lindsay @ Delighted Momma August 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Ohh perfection!! Love the little cherry on top! Who know that icing could be frozen and used later? Good to know!

  • Reply Ashley August 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Those look so yum! Is there anything you CANT make!? 🙂

  • Reply Barefoot Pregnant and In The Kitchen August 3, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    They look so pretty! I did a Cherry Butter Cream for a chocolate cupcake over the winter, I thought my frosting need more cherry flavor. How did this come out? I’d love to find a recipe with a BIG flavor. I think I might try this or add cherry liqueur next time? hmmm now I’ve got cherries on the brain.

  • Reply Catie August 3, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Wow, that looks delicious!! I’ll have to try them. Thanks for sharing. : ) ~ Catie

  • Reply Jennifurla August 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    thanks so much for featuring my buttercream! I am very happy you liked it. Thanks for the shout out.

  • Reply Katie @ This Chick Cooks August 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Those cupcakes look wonderful. I’m especially intrigued by the cherry butter cream!

  • Reply Something Swanky August 3, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    AWESOME photos! I’m your newest follower and I’d love for you to come link up to my Sweet Treats party tomorrow!! Hope to see you there 🙂

    {Sweet Treats Thursday}

  • Reply Patrice August 4, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    YUM! Thanks for linking up to Lemon Tree today!

  • Reply Patrice August 4, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Featured your yummy cupcakes on Lemon Tree!

  • Reply August 5, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Yum!!! These look so good! I would LOVE to eat that frosting plain!

  • Reply JamieAnne of A Dash of Domestic August 5, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Looks great! Yum!

  • Reply Jessa Smith August 8, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Yum! I love cherry – I’m pinning this. I have to make these soon!


  • Reply sugarswings August 10, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    yum cherry buttercream! must try!

  • Reply A Feast for the Eyes April 17, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    I saw this on SRC with the raspberry version. LOVE cherry anything, so these will make an appearance on my recipe bucket list. Beautifully done.

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