I think this might be the last Valentine’s Day treat on the blog this year. I think I’m ready for the next holiday.
Okay. Actually, I’m really just saying that to convince myself that I’m over the treats because I’m starting my second juice fast in a couple of days.
Don’t get me wrong, I love juicing. Maybe I’ll do a little blog series on it soon. It’s interesting, the juice is pretty tasty and it’s way healthy and good for you…but clearly, there are no cupcakes involved. And did you know that wine is NOT considered juice? Can someone explain that to me? I mean, wine is made from grapes, yes? Uh, haven’t the juice people ever heard of GRAPE JUICE? I’ll let you know when I get to the bottom of this mystery.
Seriously though, I actually have a couple of Valentine’s recipes that I’m dying to share with you, so next week while I’m juicing, I’ll also be baking up a storm (wine-free, apparently) and torturing myself. ’Cause I love you guys.
So, these cupcakes – they’re my cupcake interpretation of a cherry cordial candy. Dark chocolate cake filled with dark chocolate ganache and cherry cordial cream, then topped with cherries. Because it’s nearly Valentine’s Day, I went with a heart cut-out, but for a non-heart holiday, you can just cut a circle shape. Cute either way. I just used a knife and cut the tops out by hand, but if you have a small heart cookie cutter, that would definitely save you some time.
Ideally, you’d make the ganache the day before so you can allow it to thicken in the refrigerator overnight, but it’s not necessary. I used a piping bag to fill the hearts with chocolate, and then spooned copious amounts of the cordial cream over the chocolate. The cream kind of soaks into the cupcake and makes it ultra-moist, which is definitely a good thing.
Make sure you use dark chocolate. Cherry cordials are best with a dark or semi-sweet chocolate to offset the sweetness of the cherries, so the darker the chocolate the better. Homemade cherry pie filling is ideal for the topping, but store bought definitely works, too.
Before you fill them, sprinkle them with a liberal flurry of confectioners sugar. ’Cause it’s pretty.
Hope you love them. Scroll down and leave me a comment so I know you were here! I ♥ comments!