I've adapted the recipe for the cake portion from a chocolate pound cake recipe which was in the cookbook that accompanied my KitchenAid mixer. I don't have a date on this cookbook. Now, don't laugh, but it's probably from the 70's. (Are you starting to put my age together?) When my children were small, I made all my breads, in addition to lots of other baked goods, from scratch with my KitchenAid mixer. Never mind that my husband was sneaking store-bought white bread to my children while I tried to make wholesome breads for them! I digress...anyway, years ago, the local KitchenAid repairman (do they still have them?) said he'd never seen anyone almost burn up a KitchenAid motor! My one and only KitchenAid is like the old Timex slogan: "It takes a licking" (pun intended) "and keeps on ticking"!
Chocolate and Cherries...
Just Meant To Be!
Makes 36 cupcakes
- 36 ea. standard-size cupcake papers*
- 3 c. sifted all-purpose flour--I use White Lily
- 1 c. cocoa
- 1/8 tsp. ground mace spice
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 c. sugar
- 1 c. (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature, cut into 1/4 c. portions
- 1 1/2 c. milk (whole or 2%)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 c. evaporated milk
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. pure almond extract
- 2 lb. powdered sugar
- 1 c. (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 c. jarred cherry butter--I used McCutcheon's (This frosting may also be good with a jarred raspberry or strawberry butter, if you'd like to try one of these.)
- 1 tsp. evaporated milk
Of Pure Pleasure!
- *Line standard-size cupcake pans with the cupcake papers. (If you're using papers with a pattern and/or color you would like to be visible, these kind of papers generally don't show well on baked chocolate cupcakes. So, just bake the cupcakes first in some inexpensive plain papers. After the cupcakes are completely cooled, cored and frosted, remove the plain papers...then just place the cupcakes in the pretty papers before you serve.)
- Mix all the dry ingredients, but the sugar, with a fork in a large bowl. Sift the dry ingredient mixture alternately with the sugar into a large mixer bowl. Make a well in the center and add the butter and whole or 2% milk. Mix well on the lowest speed of your mixer. Stop and scrap the bowl. Turn the mixer to medium high speed (6 on a KitchenAid mixer) and beat 5 minutes. Stop and scrape the bowl again.
- Preheat the oven to 350º.
- Turn the mixer back to the lowest speed and add the eggs one at a time, beating 15 seconds after each addition. Add the evaporated milk, vanilla and almond extracts. Turn the mixer to medium speed (4 on a KitchenAid mixer) and beat the batter 15 seconds more.
- Using a large, scooped cooking spoon, fill the paper-lined cupcake pans about two-thirds (or 1/3 c.) full of batter, per cupcake. For even baking, equally distribute the mixture by adding or subtracting batter to each cupcake with a teaspoon. Lightly tap your pans to spread the mixture evenly. For easier clean up after baking, wipe any extra batter that spills onto the pans as you fill them.
- Bake about 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a couple of cupcakes comes out clean and the cakes spring back when lightly touched with the finger.
- Cool the cupcakes about 10 minutes in the pans...then carefully lift them individually with your fingers from the pans and finish cooling on racks, away from drafts.
Coring The Cupcakes
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper to hold the cake you core from the cupcakes. (You can save these for extra bites or serve with little swirls of frosting in individual small paper cups...these would freeze very well.)
- Using a cupcake plunger (I used Chicago Metallic's which I found in store at Bed Bath & Beyond), hold each cupcake firmly without squeezing and center the plunger over the cupcake. Holding the ruffled edges of the plunger, push the plunger carefully down into the cupcake, about 1/4 of the way of the plunger (before the first line). Holding the plunger with one hand and the cupcake in the other, twist in opposite directions as you separate the core from the cupcake. To release the core, press down on the spring. Wipe the plunger with a paper towel in between cupcakes. (The directions that accompany the plunger are pretty good...I just don't push the plunger as far down as they suggest.)
- If you have one, add a mixer shield to your mixer to avoid the powdered sugar from flying (or cover the top of the mixer with a clean dish towel).
- Beat the powdered sugar with the butter; then beat in the cherry butter and the evaporated milk until well incorporated and creamy.
- Using a pastry bag with a large star tip (I used the bag and star tip from Ateco No. 1465 Pastry Set), fill each cupcake with the frosting: starting with the center, build to the top and using a swirl pattern, cover the top of the cupcake without going completely to the edges of the cake. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Thought you would enjoy this photo taken of my precious granddaughter at her first birthday party which was held this past weekend. She managed to look beautiful even though she was very sick.