These Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting are decadent, fluffy and perfectly moist. Treat yourself!
Friends, gather round because it’s time for another episode of…Cupcakes with Isabel!
Okay, let’s get real – considering these Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes are only my second cupcake recipe ever (my first were these Margarita Cupcakes with Tequila Cream Cheese Frosting), I’m going to hold off on calling Cupcakes with Isabel part of my regularly scheduled programming.
But just know that it could be a thing in the future. A deliciously decadent, sweet and chocolaty future.
As if we haven’t had enough Easter chocolate and candy by now (because when is it ever enough?), let’s dive right into these fluffy Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.
Let me start off by saying that I’m suuuuper proud of this recipe. The chocolate cupcakes are fluffy and light, yet moist, rich and decadent. To give it an even more complex and exciting flavor profile, I folded in some plump red cherries and added some cinnamon for a nice little Mexican twist. I used frozen dark sweet cherries, but you could also use fresh cherries if they’re in season or even dried cherries.
These cupcakes are so good, I could eat them all day every day without the frosting. But let’s not lie to ourselves – cream cheese frosting makes all baked treats 1000 times better!
If you’ve never made your own frosting, you’re in good company. This is the second time I’ve ever made frosting and it turned out beautifully. If I can do it, so can you.
To make the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting, you’ll need an inexpensive handheld mixer like this one or a stand mixer. Once you mix all of the ingredients together to make the frosting, it’s time to decorate the cupcakes.
To decorate, you’ve got a couple of options. You can smear the frosting on top with a knife or a spatula for an easy, no-fuss cupcake. Or you can decorate them using a piping bag and a decorating tip. I know using a piping bag can sound a bit intimidating, especially if you’ve never used one (at least it was for me!), but it’s not that difficult and I got the hang of it after watching a few YouTube videos. I recommend buying an inexpensive cupcake decorating starter kit like this one and just giving it a go! For these cupcakes, I used the Wilton 2A tip which is included in that kit.