Does anything say love through baked goods like chocolate?! Chocolate has become the sweet ingredient to express love through food over time. Chocolate together with the tart and sweet flavor of cherries on top gives you a sweet and special cupcake. These double chocolate cupcakes with real cherry frosting made from scratch will be sure to express your affection to those partaking in this chocolatey indulgence. They’re great for any special occasion, not just Valentine’s Day.
Double Chocolate Decadence
I do love chocolate like the majority of other women in the world, but in moderation. If I want to serve it as a treat or indulge in the dark delicious goodness of it, I want the good stuff. My latest love in baking and cooking is Organic Cacao Powder. That’s right, cacao with two “a’s” not two “o’s.” It’s the unprocessed form of cocoa. It’s what chocolate is really made out of; the unsweetened true base of chocolate which still contains all the beneficial nutrients chocolate is known for. Cacao is especially great as a healthy ingredient, like in smoothies and other raw recipes.
If you do not have cacao, it can be replaced with unsweetened cocoa powder which I use in this recipe. If I’m using cocoa, I prefer a dutch processed cocoa which is a bit darker and has a more fudge-like taste. It gives it an extra dark look and maximizes the chocolate flavor you’re looking for.
Cupcakes used to be mostly kids’ sweet treats, but in recent years they’ve become quite popular with adult crowds. They’re now the posh treat to bring to work parties or even as a alternative to birthday cakes. You can pay on average $2-4 per cupcake in a bakery or boutique cupcake shop for such tasty beauties. As always, being a mom of 3 boys, and a 4th big boy in the house, I’d much rather spend my time making them from scratch for others than spend that for store bought, with lesser quality ingredients. This is where making them with love comes into the mix as your own special ingredient.
Real Cherry Frosting
If you have read some of my other posts, you know I always prefer the “au naturel” approach to food. Why use chemicals like food coloring to color food when you’ve got got old fashioned real fruit to help color your gastronomic palette. I think real and truly natural is so much more gorgeous and tastes way better.
Give these Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Real Cherry Frosting a try and let me know below how they turn out for you.