Brandied Cherry Cupcakes
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Brandied Cherry Cupcakes

Brandied cherry cupcakes are dense enough to travel well.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brandied cherry cupcakes, vanilla buttercream
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Calories: 411kcal


Brandied Cherry Syrup Ingredients

  • 2 15 ounce cans of cherries in heavy syrup
  • ½ cup brandy

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Brandied cherry syrup from above
  • Brandied cherries from above
  • 18 half pint mason jars

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips


Brandied Cherry Syrup Directions

  • Combine ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Simmer for fifteen minutes.
  • Use a sieve to strain out the cherries. Reserve both the syrup and cherries.

Cupcake Directions

  • Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • In another medium-sized bowl, beat butter, sugar, and honey until well combined.
  • Beat eggs and milk into the butter mixture.
  • Alternately fold the flour mixture and 2/3 cup of the cherry syrup into the wet ingredients.
  • Fold in all of the brandied cherries.
  • Scoop ¼ cup of batter into each mason jar.
  • Carefully, put the jars directly onto the oven rack – no baking sheet is needed. Important: Do not put the lids on.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.
  • Remove from oven and pour 1 tablespoon of cherry syrup into each jar. The cupcake will absorb the syrup.

Frosting Directions

  • Directions
  • Mix butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in vanilla bean paste and milk until fully combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
  • Seal the jars.
  • If desired, freeze until ready to gift.


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 103mg | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.2mg