Chocolate Cupcake hosting a Cherry Pie Filling center and Vanilla or Chocolate Buttercream topped with a Delicious Cherry
This is a cupcake I've been thinking about for a long time. In fact, several friends have been asking me to bake this personal favorite. I've been reluctant to give it a go since cherry season has passed and I'm not too keen on using canned pie filling with sooo much sugar.
Good news! Recently we were at the commissary and I found this lovely compromise: no high fructose corn syrup and lots of fruit. Ok. I accept this.
After baking and cooling my favorite chocolate cupcake, I cored the center and filled it with one to two cherries plus a wee bit of syrup. They looked so delectable!
Since I didn't know which frosting technique would be best, I tried three different piping tips. My go-to favorite is the Wilton 1M open star tip. I love the way it looks: it's a classic and makes nice little drip troughs for the cherry syrup.
The Wilton 1A open round tip is another favorite - my unevenness in circling the cupcake is more apparent with this tip, but sometimes I get things really even. I like the way the syrup drips down the side as well. Hot tip: Be careful when using this tip with medium to light brown chocolate buttercream. Think about it.
The Wilton 2D closed star tip is one I use less frequently, but I do enjoy the curleycue (sp) design it provides. Today, the frosting wasn't very stiff, so the closed star tip just made things look flat. So I rejected it.
And the chocolate...I was concerned the cherry and drippy goodness wouldn't be visible with the darker background, but I think they're just fine.
Setting up for the photographs is still a challenge for me, especially when it comes to snapping pictures of cupcakes. I don't know which stands to use, how to arrange, what color plates, etc. I'm still trying and learning.
Recently, I've added an angled shot. I think it's growing on me.
I can't resist adding a bow...or a flower bigger than a cupcake.
We took a few to some friends. And they enjoyed eating them. It's a great Tuesday.