Cherry season is here! And it’s one of my favourite fruits to add to baking. Cherries are one of those special fruits that you really only see once a year, making them more special to enjoy fresh from the farm. There is no better pairing than cherry and almond, it’s like peanut butter to jelly! And these almond cherry cupcakes prove it!
Cupcakes are a lovely single treat that everyone enjoys. What I love about these almond cherry cupcakes is they are light and sweet without a big sugar rush! Instead of a ‘sugary’ buttercream icing, they are topped with fresh whipped cream and a cherry. This keeps them on the light summery side.
These almond cherry cupcakes use fresh whipping cream and it makes all the difference using fresh cream, stay away from store bought cans! Be aware that cupcakes iced with whipping cream will only last one day (as the cream doesn’t hold it’s shape for too long). Save any undressed cupcakes for the next day and top them with whipping cream to enjoy.
- Unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar & icing sugar
- Fresh cherries
- All-purpose flour
- Pure almond extract
- Whipping cream
- Baking powder
Did you Know?
Cherries are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds! They are also:
- 82% water
- A good source of fiber
- They provide B vitamins, copper, magnesium, vitamin K, and manganese
- Can boost muscle recovery time
- They have powerful heart-protective properties
Want to learn more about the health benefits of cherries? Check out the article from Health Line on 7 Impressive Health Benefits of Cherries . This is an interesting read which makes you want to have a handful of cherries every day! I’m not sure these almond cherry cupcakes will count as your ‘healthy’ intake though!
Happy Baking 🙂Print
Almond Cherry Cupcakes
These almond cherry cupcakes are filled with fresh cherries and topped with whipping cream. A simple and easy cupcake recipe using fresh ingredients, it can be easily doubled to make 24 cupcakes.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Canadian
- 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 large egg white, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (177 ml) milk, at room temperature
- 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped in quarters, plus 12 full cherries to top cupcakes
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 Tablespoon icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer add butter and beat. Slowly add sugar, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add egg, egg white and almond extract. Continue to beat for another 2-3 minutes.
- In a separate bowl mix; flour, baking powder and salt together.
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternating with milk, making 2-3 additions.
- Add chopped cherries and using a spatula fold cherries into batter (careful not to overmix)
- Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean (don’t overbake).
- Cool cupcakes on a cooling rack.
- Meanwhile, add whipping cream and icing sugar into a bowl and whip until soft peaks form.
- Add dollops of cream on top of cooled cupcakes and top with a cherry.
Once cupcakes are topped with whipping cream they must be eaten that day. You can store uniced cupcakes for one day in an airtight container.
You can freeze uniced cupcakes in an airtight container for 1 month.
- Serving Size: 1 cupcake
- Calories: 270
- Sugar: 16.2g
- Sodium: 254mg
- Fat: 11.7g
- Saturated Fat: 7.1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 28.9g
- Fiber: 0.7g
- Protein: 12.4g
- Cholesterol: 46mg
Keywords: Cherry, Cupcakes, Summer Dessert,
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Cupcakes do not have a long shelf life before they start going stale. It’s best to enjoy cupcakes the day of. Once they are topped with whipping cream, these almond cherry cupcakes must be eaten that day. You can store uniced cupcakes for one day in an airtight container.
Using fresh cherries in these almond cherry cupcakes is the best for flavour and enjoying a light, fluffy cupcake. You can easily use frozen cherries in a pinch. Be warned the flavour will be slightly different. Also, be careful not to overmix your batter as frozen cherries will stiffen the batter. Use a large sharp knife to chop frozen cherries (don’t let the cherries defrost or they will bleed red throughout the cupcake and add extra liquid).
These almond cherry cupcakes are topped with whipping cream to make a light summer dessert. Other great options are; vanilla buttercream icing, dusted with powdered sugar or a cream cheese frosting.