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Homemade Cherry Chip Cupcakes

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Delicious cherries and mini chocolate chips are nestled in a simple cake batter for a fun treat. Cupcakes topped with fudgy icing and loaded with cherries are hard to beat!

Homemade cherry chocolate chip cupcakes topped with a fresh cherry and chocolate fudge icing.

Turn fresh cherries into delicious cupcakes. Soft cake batter, bits of cherries and chocolate chips come together in a perfect treat. 

Of course topping them with fudge icing and a sweet cherry never hurt a thing.  You are going to love how flavorful they are!

We have been plowing through the cherries lately. It’s hard to stop buying the little beauties. Whether they are the deep burgundy sweet cherries or the pretty yellow and red rainier cherries, we love them all.

We are real classy like when we eat them too and have pit spitting contests in the backyard. That’s what summer is for, right?

Since we have been so good about eating our cherries right out of the colander after being washed, I thought it would be a shame to let the whole season pass us by without at least one baked good.

close up of chocolate topped cherry cupcake.

Originally I had a chocolaty layer cake in mind, but I realized I haven’t made you any cupcakes since Little Dude’s birthday and I was just sure you had a hankering for cupcakes!

Besides, Little Dude loves putting the cupcake papers in the tin and using the cookie scoop to transfer the batter. He was up early and excited to make some cake so this was the icing on the cake for him! 😉

I had some extra cream on hand for a project I was planning to make but have now put off for a little while, so I decided to use the Farmer’s Daughter Cake recipe as a jumping off point and go from there. Luckily that is easy to throw together because I was once again relegated to recipe reader while little dude did all of the work.

cupcake cut in half with bits of cherry and chocolate chip showing.

I really need to work on getting that recliner set up in the kitchen so I can walk him through the steps in comfort!

In actuality, I pitted and chopped the cherries while he made the batter. He even took his stool to the pantry to get out the flour and sugar.  I’m telling you, if he could read he almost wouldn’t need me!

He finished the batter about the same time I got the cherries done so all we had left to do was fold in the fruit and chocolate chips and dole out the goodness.

I’ll tell you all about this icing tomorrow, but it only takes three ingredients and a few minutes to make. It basically finishes itself with a smooth, glossy, fudgy layer of goodness.

I dipped an extra cherry in the icing for each cupcake and placed it on top. I really loved the finished product!

I took half of the batch to family dinner. I just knew Pops would love them. The rest went to work with me on Monday where they were also a hit.

cherry cupcakes with shiny fudge icing and fresh cherry on top.

These cupcakes are one of those treats that make an impression without too much fuss. The hardest part is getting the cherries ready.

While I haven’t tried it yet, I’m sure you could save a bit of that trouble by chopping some dried cherries and soaking them in juice or liqueur to plump them up.

Mmmmm, the possibilities!

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close up of chocolate topped cherry cupcake.

Homemade Cherry Chip Cupcakes

Servings: 18 Cupcakes
Author: Carlee
Delicious cherries and mini chocolate chips are nestled in a simple cake batter for a fun treat. Cupcakes topped with fudgy icing and loaded with cherries are hard to beat!
5 from 6 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cups granulated sugar
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • teaspoons almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup cherries chopped
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare cupcake pans for 18 cupcakes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
    3 cups all-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, almond extract and cream.
    1½ teaspoons vanilla extract, 1½ teaspoons almond extract, 3 eggs, 1½ cups heavy cream
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Fold in the chopped cherries and mini chocolate chips.
    1 cup cherries, ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake for about 25 minutes. The tops should be golden and spring back when touched with a finger.
  • Cool in cupcake tin for about 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost and enjoy!


Serving: 1CupcakeCalories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 129mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Monday 12th of April 2021

These look yummy but I was wondering if I could use frozen cherries. Cherry season is many months away and never lasts very long up here. I would really rather not wait if you think it is possible. maybe thawed and drained?


Monday 12th of April 2021

I think thawed and drained should work great! You could probably even use dried and plumped in a pinch.


Monday 7th of August 2017

Thank you, they were definitely fun to make, eat and serve!

Frugal Hausfrau

Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

Oh gosh, these must be so rich and delish and look at them all enrobed in chocolate. Such a classic combo, cherries and chocolate!


Friday 4th of August 2017

I really like the whole combination together. Thank you!


Tuesday 1st of August 2017

I love how you topped these off and I love the cupcake itself is not chocolate. lol I love chocolate but I think what you did here is the perfect combination!


Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

Believe me, I was tempted to go chocolate cake.. but I think you are right, this way was great! Thanks, Shelby!


Tuesday 1st of August 2017

The crumb of these cherry chocolate chip cupcakes looks so buttery and perfect!! The glossy chocolate frosting looks yummy too :) Such gorgeous cupcakes!


Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

Thank you so much! That means a lot coming from you!