Black Cherry Cupcakes

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5 from 53 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Decorating Time: 15 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

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These Cherry Cupcakes have an incredible flavor. The way they are decorated adds a level of cuteness to any dessert table or event that you may be having.

Cherry Cupcakes with a fresh cherry on top  and  a straw on the side with more cupcakes in the background

Cherry Cupcakes are one of those fun recipes that you can make with your kids that is so rewarding. Making something special that they can then share with others is a fun rainy-day project. It only takes a few ingredients and starts with a box cake mix.


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What We Love About This Cherry Cupcakes Recipe

Make these fun cupcakes any day of the week, because they take little time to prepare and are so easy. The best part is they taste as good as they look. The soda adds a light fluffy quality to the cupcakes that everyone will appreciate.

  • Less Than an Hour: Bake, cool and decorate these black cherry cupcakes in less than an hour.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: These cute and fun cupcakes will be a hit with all ages.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, low calorie or dairy free, etc.
ingredients needed to make the cherry cupcake recipe

Ingredient Notes for Black Cherry Cake

  • White Cake Mix: Any brand will work for these black cherry cream soda cupcakes.
  • Vegetable Oil: Any flavorless oil will work, such as canola oil or a vegetable oil blend.
  • Eggs: Four large egg whites.
  • Black Cherry Soda: Any brand, diet soda works well here too.
  • JELLO: Black Cherry flavored Jello, again you can use sugar free if desired.

Frosting Ingredients

  • Butter: Salted butter, softened.
  • Vanilla Extract: One teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
  • Salt: One teaspoon, or to taste.
  • Powdered Sugar: 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar.
  • Milk: Half and half or whole milk.
  • Black Cherry soda: The same as used in the cake.
  • Jell-O: Black Cherry Flavor from above cake recipe.
Cherry Cupcakes with a fresh cherry on top  and  a straw on the side with more cupcakes and a glass of milk in the background

Equipment Needed for Black Cherry Cake

How to Make Cherry Cupcakes

These are the basic steps for making black cherry cream soda cupcakes. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

STEP 1: PREP

Begin by preheating your oven and lining your cupcake pan with paper liners.

STEP 2: BATTER

First, add cake mix to a large mixing bowl and then using a hand or stand mixer, add in your oil, egg whites, and soda. Mix on medium until well incorporated, and then mix in *1/2-3/4 of the Jello.

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STEP 3: SCOOP

Next, add batter into the muffin tin until each is about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

a collage of 3 images showing the steps needed to make the black cherry cake frosting

STEP 4: FROSTING

Start by using a large mixing bowl, then using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream the butter and beat until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Then mix in the remaining Jell-o, vanilla extract and salt.

STEP 5: SODA

Then, mix the half and half, or milk, and black cherry soda together. (If you don’t, the carbonation in the soda will break your frosting). Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, while adding a bit of the liquid mixture in between each cup. Continue to mix for 1-2 minutes or until creamy and forms stiff peaks, but don’t overmix! Add in food coloring if desired.

a collage of 4 images showing the steps needed to make the frosting and to decorate cherry cupcakes

STEP 6: DECORATE

Lastly, prepare piping bag, fill bag with frosting and frost your cupcakes. Add your black sanding sugar and straw if desired.

Prep and Storage Tips for Soda Cupcakes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

You can bake cupcakes up to two days ahead; arrange them (unfrosted) on a baking sheet, wrap the whole sheet with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the black cherry cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator as the frosting contains dairy. They will last up to five days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze the cupcakes for up to three months. It is best to store undecorated, without frosting. When ready to use, thaw in the fridge overnight then decorate following the directions below.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cherry Cupcakes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?
There are several ways to make this recipe heathier depending on your needs. For example:

* Use a sugar free Cake Mix.
* A gluten Free Cake Mix.
* Make the frosting with low fat or fat free milk, or a milk alternative.
* Try a sugar substitute in the frosting.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT FLAVORED CAKE MIX?

Of course, a cherry cake mix would be great in this recipe.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, this recipe is great for a crowd so double or triple the recipe if necessary.

HOW DO I DECORATE BLACK CHERRY CUPCAKES?

It is sometimes hard to grasp techniques from a written description. Here is a YouTube video to help you learn the best ways to decorate.

4 Cherry Cupcakes with a fresh cherry on top  and  a straw on the side on a glass plate next to a red and white striped cloth

Expert Tips for Making This Cherry Cupcakes Recipe

  • Add Black Sanding Sugar: To finish the decorations, and use a piece of a straw for a cute effect.
  • Tip: We found some Jello flavors in the frosting can be punchy. So, we suggest for kids to use ½ the Jello in the mixes and ½ in the frosting. For adults, use ¾ of the Jello in the mixes and ¼ in the frosting. This has worked beautifully.
  • Variation tip: Top with a maraschino cherry.
  • Alternate ingredient: A regular cherry Jello can be used if the black cherry is unavailable.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Sugar free or gluten free versions can be used in this recipe, they work great for these Black Cherry Cupcakes.

What to Serve with Cherry Cupcakes

  • Whitehouse Cherry Ice Cream
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Hot Chocolate

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5 from 53 votes

Black Cherry Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Decorating Time: 15 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
These Cherry Cupcakes have an incredible flavor. The way they are decorated adds a level of cuteness to any dessert table or event that you may be having.
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Ingredients

  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 white cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 ¼-1 ¾ cups Black Cherry soda
  • Black Cherry Jello, divided
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon half and half or whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Black Cherry soda
  • *Black Cherry Jello, divided
  • Red food coloring, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or line a standard muffin tin.
  • Add cake mix to a large mixing bowl. Using a hand or stand mixer, add in your oil, egg whites, and soda. Mix on medium until well incorporated. Mix in *1/2-3/4 of the Jello.
  • Add batter into the muffin tin until each is about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • Directions for Frosting:
  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream the butter and beat until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  • Mix in the vanilla extract and salt.
  • Mix in the remaining Jello.
  • Mix the half and half, or milk, and black cherry soda together. (If you don’t, the carbonation in the soda will break your frosting).
  • Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, while adding a bit of the liquid mixture from Step 6 in between each cup. Continue to mix for 1-2 minutes or until creamy and forms stiff peaks, but don’t overmix! Add in food coloring, if desired. Start with 1-2 drops and mix. Continue until color is achieved.
  • Prepare piping bag, fill bag with frosting and frost your cupcakes. Add your black sanding sugar and straw if desired

Expert Tips

  • Add Black Sanding Sugar: To finish the decorations, and use a piece of a straw for a cute effect.
  • Tip: We found some Jello flavors in the frosting can be punchy. So, we suggest for kids to use ½ the Jello in the mixes and ½ in the frosting. For adults, use ¾ of the Jello in the mixes and ¼ in the frosting. This has worked beautifully.
  • Variation tip: Top with a maraschino cherry.
  • Alternate ingredient: A regular cherry Jello can be used if the black cherry is unavailable.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Sugar free or gluten free versions can be used in this recipe, they work great for these Black Cherry Cupcakes.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.4mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Course: Cupcakes
Cuisine: American

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4 thoughts on “Black Cherry Cupcakes”

  1. 5 stars
    These cupcakes are one of the cutest I’ve tried! They are so easy to make and my kids love them with an extra cherry on top.

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  2. 5 stars
    I made these cupcakes gluten-free, and I love them! They’re so easy to make and turned out to be so delicious. Highly recommended!

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