Black Forest Cupcakes

Total Time:
32 min
10 min
22 min

24 cupcakes

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box devil's food cake mix
  • 1 1/3 cups black cherry soda
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 container vanilla frosting
  • 2 teaspoons cherry extract
  • 1 to 2 drops pink food coloring
  • 24 whole maraschino cherries with stems

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with paper liners.

In a large bowl combine cake mix, soda, vegetable oil and eggs. Using a hand mixer combine all ingredients, batter will still be somewhat lumpy. Pour batter into muffin cups. Bake 19 to 22 minutes, turning the pans halfway through baking. Remove to a rack and allow to cool completely.

In a large bowl combine frosting, extract and pink food coloring. When cupcakes are cool ice with pink cherry frosting and top each with maraschino cherry

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After reading the reviews for these cupcakes I started thinking and came up with the idea that I would use a package of black cherry Jello and water uinstead of soda in the cake mix, and and black cherry Kool Aid in the frosting instead of food coloring and cherry extract. I just added the Kool Aid until I was satisfied with the color and taste. They turned out really well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to follow directions but I read the reviews and complaints about sweetness. The cake isn't very sweet but the frosting off sets that I added a little more cherry extract. the frosting is a little runny but just put it in the middle of cupcake and let it do its thing. I found the cherry extract at walmart (hope that helps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had high hopes for these cupcakes. However, despite the addition of black cherry soda, they just tasted like slightly dry chocolate cupcakes. The cherries on top and the colored icing added nice visual appeal, but these in no way tasted like black cherry anything. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I got all the right ingredients and followed the directions EXACTLY and yet my cupcakes didn't turn out well. they took FOREVER to bake( longer than they should have and the icing melted as soon as I stopped mixing it! I couldn't taste and cherry in either the cupcakes or the icing... so I hope every one eles's turned out fine... Not recommended! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
How much of the container of Vanilla extract do I use?!?!?!???????? item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so pretty and so good! The black cherry soda adds the perfect "sparkle" to the cupcakes. I used a store-bought container of cherry frosting instead of trying to add color and flavor to vanilla frosting. My family loved this recipe - I know I'll make it again soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh yeah, and by the way, I couldn't find cherry extract so I just got strawberry extract instead and it turned out just fine. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
To Katy in Tx: The problems you found with these cupcakes I have only 1 suggestion for you. For the sake of your family, friends, and anyone else who enjoys and loves cooking....Back out of the Kitchen and stay out its probably best for your own safety as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Overall i thought these were pretty good..very sweet! if you are not a fan of chocolate or sweets these are definitely not for you! The first time i made these, i used her recipe for the frosting (vanilla store bought with pink food coloring). the texture/ consistancy was good, but i did not like the flavor combo with the chocolate. The second time i made them i used cherry store bought frosting and added a little real cherry juice. the flavor was better but it became too runny. and it was still too sweet. A third time i used cream cheese frosting with added cherry juice and that one's flavor turned out the best however the consistancy was still too runny. Overall i would choose the cream cheese frosting for this recipe, the flavor was much better and went well with the cupcakes. it wasnt too sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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