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If you like chocolate covered cherries, you are going to love these Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes. A delicate spongy cupcake filled with cherry preserves and topped with cherry buttercream frosting. These are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Chocolate cherry cupcakes on a wire rack.

This recipe was inspired by my favorite candy, chocolate covered cherries. The cupcakes are full of chocolate flavor and kept moist with the help of oil and butter.

The frosting is a simple buttercream that is flavored with cherry preserves. Each cupcake gets a generous filling of cherry preserves and then topped with the cherry buttercream.

There is no shortage of cherry flavor in this recipe.

A chocolate cherry cupcake cut in half so the cherry filling is exposed.

Who doesn’t love chocolate covered cherries?

This is a cute cupcake idea for Valentine’s Day. Don’t you think? If you love chocolate covered cherries, you will absolutely adore these cupcakes.

The cupcake base is my all time favorite chocolate cupcake. I used it for these Dr. Pepper cupcakes and these Andes Mint cupcakes.

Both of which were a huge hit with you guys! I love this simple chocolate cupcake base. It’s fluffy, moist, and sturdy.

Gorgeous chocolate cherry cupcakes on a white background and black cooling rack.

I filled the cupcakes with cherry preserves. And topped them with a sweet cherry buttercream frosting. I like to use black cherry preserves because of the rich, dark color. If you can’t find it, you can simply use regular cherry preserves.

For extra emphasis on chocolate covered cherry, I dipped fresh cherries in chocolate and topped each cupcake with a single cherry.

These cupcakes are one of my most popular cupcake recipes. Every just loves them!

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Chocolate cherry cupcakes on a wire rack.

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Yield: 20 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

If you like chocolate covered cherries, you are going to love these Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes. A delicate spongy cupcake filled with cherry preserves and topped with cherry buttercream frosting. These are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!


For the cupcakes

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¾ cup black cherry preserves, or regular cherry preserves

For the frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup black cherry preserves, or regular cherry preserves


Make the cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the oil, butter, and sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir with a whisk. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternating with the milk, begin and end with the flour mixture. Beat until well blended.
  4. Spoon 2 Tbs of batter into the paper-lined muffin pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few dry crumbs. Remove cupcakes immediately from pans, and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Use the point of a sharp knife to cut a small well in the top center of the cupcakes and fill with cherry preserves. Replace the top portion of the cupcake and top with frosting. Garnish with fresh cherries dipped in chocolate if desired.

Make the frosting

  1. Beat butter on medium speed until fluffy.
  2. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in cream until frosting reaches spreading consistency.
  4. Beat in the cherry preserves. If the frosting becomes too loose or curdled looking, add more powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until the frosting comes together once again.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 2g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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  1. Hi do I have to use heavy cream or can I use whole milk . Pretty much will it taste almost the same?

    1. Milk will work fine with the frosting. It will not change the taste at all.

  2. KRISTAN YOUNG says:

    I would like to make these for my mom’s upcoming 75th birthday. can I make ahead, the day before, and how should I store them for the next days dinner? in the fridge?

    1. Keep the frosted and filled cupcakes in the refrigerator then bring them to room temperature just before serving.

  3. Hey I’ve been looking around for a chocolate cherry cake recipe for my birthday and the only one I loved the look of were these but I was wondering would it be okay if I put the batter into 2 or 3 9×3/19cm cake pans instead and if so will I need to change the amount of ingredients I use?. I was also thinking I could put the preserve filling in the middle of the cake layers and frost the top and sides but another quick question what would happen if i put some of the preserve into the batter?

    1. The recipe makes about 20 cupcakes so the batter may be enough for two 8-inch pans. The layers could possibly be too thin if baked in 9-inch pans. I’ve not tested the recipe in any form other than cupcakes so I can’t say for sure how it will work or what changes you’d need to make if you decide to bake it differently.

  4. I decided to try these on the spur of the moment and did not have cherry preserve, instead I used a similar quantity of fresh cherries (quartered) and when my wife arrived home from work (it’s her birthday) she was thrilled with them. Great flavour and texture. Thank you.

  5. These are hands down the most delicious cupcakes I have ever eaten, let alone made myself. I saved this recipe in an instant because I will make these time and time again. I ate three in one sitting!!

  6. I plan to make these but oh no! Yield 20 cupcakes but only 12 muffin cups? Please someone answer. They look amazing. Thx