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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes

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A few easy hacks turn this box of chocolate cake mix into delicious chocolate covered cherry cupcakes with a homemade cherry treat on the top!  Perfect for Christmas and Valentine’s Day!

Make certain to check out the rest of our cupcakes recipes, too!

chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate covered cherry candies

The maraschino cherries add a touch of elegance to these chocolate and cherry easy cake mix cupcakes.

Growing up, my Daddy always had Chocolate Covered Cherries.  I loved sneaking in and eating the chocolate and gooey center, but I couldn’t stand the cherries. So, I left them in the container.  LOL!

I was a weird kid who had issues with textures. Oh, who am I kidding? I still don’t like whole cherries or water chestnuts. Ick. LOL!

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Chocolate Chips – I am a milk chocolate person, but most people prefer semi-sweet.  The choice is totally up to you.

Cherry Pie Filling – The cherry pie filling is an absolute must! It is what makes this recipe THIS RECIPE. LOL!

Boxed Chocolate Cake Mix – I have said it before, but I am not really particular about what brand chocolate cake mix I choose. I like Pillsbury, Duncan Hines, Store Brand – it doesn’t matter. To me, they are all basically the same.

Powdered Sugar – We keep confectioner’s sugar at our house.  Like above, we aren’t super particular!



Reminder, not all ingredients in the Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.

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Must Have Resources:

When making these chocolate cherry cupcakes at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.

Cake Tester – I love my cake tester.  Instead of throw away toothpicks, just use this inserted in the center of your cupcake to see if it is done.

Cupcake Liners –  These are all about taste.  Choose liners that make you happy.

Sugar Sifter –  This sifter can help you to decorate with cocoa powder or powdered sugar.

Muffin Pan –  This is a necessity if you are cooking cupcakes.

Cooling Rack –  You need a wire rack for cooling the cupcakes.  The raised gaps allow air to get to all sides.  This allows the cupcakes to cool completely much faster.

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Best Cupcake Recipes:

Once you make this Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes Recipe, the kids are going to love it so much that they are going to start asking for even more cupcakes.  Don’t fret! I have picked out the best cupcake recipes for you to try. ?

Champagne Cupcakes

Flamingo Cupcakes

Over 20 Scrumptious Candy Bar Cupcakes

I’m also a huge fan of this Strawberry Valentine Cupcakes Recipe!

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More Chocolate Covered Cherry Recipes:

Make your own Cherry Cordials.

These Chocolate Covered Cherries Thumbprint Cookies are gorgeous!

How fun is this Chocolate Covered Cherry Milkshake?

This Chocolate Covered Cherry Pie looks super decadent, doesn’t it?

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How do I test if the cupcakes are done baking?

Testing whether or not cupcakes are done baking can be done by inspecting the look and feel of the cake. The cupcakes are usually ready if it has a golden-brown layer on top and feels firm to the touch.

A further indication of doneness is if a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out without wet batter attached.

If the cupcake does not seem done after this test, put it back in for another few minutes and test again.

Does a cake mix work well for making cupcakes?

A cake mix is an efficient way to make cupcakes due to the convenience it affords a baker. Cake mixes can save time by removing the need to measure individual ingredients, leading to consistent results compared to when baking from scratch.

Although some people might feel that cake mixes are artificial, research shows that they can be just as tasty as homemade cupcakes depending on the brand and type of ingredients used.

It is worth exploring different types of cake mixes to find one that works best for any given task.

Ultimately, deciding whether to use cake mixes in the creation of cupcakes will depend upon a person’s preference and willingness to invest extra time into making them from scratch.

What can I do to soften my leftover cupcakes?

Leftover cupcakes can often be hard and dry, detracting from their enjoyment. Adding a little moisture is one way to bring them back to life.

A simple solution is to wrap the cupcakes in plastic wrap or an airtight container. This will help the cupcake retain moisture so it won’t become dry or stale.

Topping a leftover cupcake with fresh fruit can also bring new life to it; particularly sinful toppings like chocolate, caramel, and banana slices are highly recommended!

Can I freeze baked cupcakes?

Baked cupcakes can be frozen and stored for future consumption. One should cool the cupcakes completely before freezing them in an airtight container or bag.

Furthermore, it is recommended to freeze the cupcakes without frosting. If one wishes to include frosting on the cupcakes, it should be done just before serving.

The baking process may change after being frozen in terms of texture and flavor; however, the shelf life of the cupcake will be significantly extended.

Those concerned about potential freezer burn can protect their cupcakes by covering them with tin foil or plastic wrap before freezing.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A few easy hacks turn this box of chocolate cake mix into a delicious chocolate-covered cherry-flavored cupcakes with a treat on the top! Perfect for Christmas and Valentine's Day.


  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 1 can Cherry Pie Filling
  • Cherries with or without stems
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • Powdered Sugar for topping


    Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a cupcake pan with liners.

    In a large mixing bowl mix by hand your cake mix, eggs, oil, and cherry filling.

    Pour batter into cupcake liners, filling them 3/4 of the way full.

    Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

    Place cherries on baking sheet lined with wax paper and place in freezer.

    Let cupcakes cool completely.

    Take your chocolate chips and melt them down in the microwave, using 30 second intervals until completely melted.

    Place frozen cherries in chocolate, coating each one completely. Use a fork to shake off excess chocolate and place back on wax paper.

    Freeze chocolate covered cherries until hardened.

    Sprinkle each cupcake with powdered sugar and place frozen chocolate covered cherries on top.

    Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

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Tuesday 19th of January 2021

YUM!!! I love cherry cordials, and these cupcakes look scrumptious. And not very hard to make, either, which is a real bonus! 🙂 Pinning!


Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Your Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes look amazing, we will love these special cupcakes! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 5th of February 2019

Your Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes look amazing, we will love these special cupcakes! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

Jennifer Wise

Monday 28th of January 2019

YUM!!! I love cherry cordials, and these cupcakes look scrumptious. And not very hard to make, either, which is a real bonus! :) Pinning! #inspirememondaylinkup

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