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Chocolate Cherry Surprise Cupcakes

  • Cook Time: 20 - 22 minutes
  • Servings: 24
  • Course: Dessert

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Ingredients

  • 1 package (about 18 oz.) chocolate cake mix
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup finely chopped dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup sugar Red food coloring (optional)
  • 1 container (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries with stems, save 1-2 teaspoons juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry extract

Directions

Step 1

PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

Step 2

PLACE Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups (Pink Damask) in muffin pans; set aside.

Step 3

PREPARE cake mix following package directions for 24 cupcakes. Spoon cake batter into baking cups.

Step 4

BEAT cream cheese, egg, chopped dried cherries and sugar in bowl, with electric mixer. Stir in a few drops red food coloring, if desired. Drop by tablespoonfuls into cupcake batter.

Step 5

BAKE 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool.

Step 6

STIR cherry extract and maraschino juice into frosting.

Step 7

PIPE or spread frosting onto cupcakes.

Step 8

TOP with maraschino cherry.

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