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Chocolate Cherry Dr. Pepper Cupcakes


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I’ve been a bad NaBloPoMo blogger, please accept my forgiveness in the form of this Valentine’s Day inspired cupcake.  Okay, it was also inspired by a big ole 12 pack of soda in my fridge.  You can always tell when Nate has had a four-day weekend by the soda in the fridge and the chips in the pantry. 

Chocolate Cherry Dr. Pepper Cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • One can of Dr. Pepper
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of baking powder
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bag of frozen cherries

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder in your mixing bowl.  Slowly add the Dr. Pepper and the stick of butter, one Tbsp at a time.  Mix on high speed for 2 minutes.  Now add the eggs, once they’re combined, mix on high for another 2 minutes.

Divide mixture into lined cupcake pans.  I made 24 cupcakes.  Here’s the fun part.  Grab that bag of frozen cherries and drop one frozen cherry into each cupcake.

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Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of a center cupcake comes out clean.  I like to put both the pans on the top rung in the oven to avoid burnt bottoms.  Once done, let cool before frosting.  Aren't they pretty?

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Now onto the melted chocolate chip cherry ice cream…uh, I mean chocolate chip cherry frosting.  I swear, it was supposed to be a frosting but I got impatient, I’m sorry.  I’ll post a re-do another time this week.

My goal was to take my favorite frosting, Martha Stewart’s Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Buttercream, and mix in the cherries and chocolate chips.  Instead of just making the meringue frosting and then FOLDING in the other ingredients I decided to just throw them in immediately after I put the last pat of butter in the mixer.  Bad, bad idea. 

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It turned into a liquefied mess and went everywhere!  Remember I’m an optimist, so I just kept on whipping it and what I got was a coagulated delicious mess.  Putting it in the fridge…and then the freezer…didn’t help.  Thankfully when my family sees a cupcake they only see love and hungrily eat it no matter how it’s presented to them.

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Next time, I’m going to give it a go with raspberries…mmmm.

To find out where I like to share stories like these, and find a host of other great ideas and inspirations go to my Linky Parties Page! 

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