ORIGINALLY a Cake, I decided to change it up a bit and make cupcakes!
Blackforest Cupcakes

Blackforest cake was traditionally a dessert for the holidays but I couldn’t resist having this beautiful cake in the summer. It’s time to satisfy my longing.

Makes 24 cupcakes and 36 mini cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1/3 cup of milk
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted or salted butter, softened at room temperature
2 cups of granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups of all – purpose flour
3/4 of a cup of Cocoa Powder
1 tsp of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 teaspoon of baking soda
For the cherry syrup:
2 -3 tablespoons of the juice from a jar of maraschino (glacé) cherries
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar (optional if cherry juice is not sweet enough)

For the frosting:

2-1/2 cups whipping cream
optional, 1-3 tablespoons confectioners (powdered) sugar
To make the cupcakes

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F convection bake

2. Bring the instant coffee, milk and water to a simmer and then take off the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes
3. In a large bowl cream the softened butter and the sugar with an electric mixer

4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat in

5. Combine the dry ingredients

6. Add half of the coffee, milk and water mixture to the egg mixture, it might look separated or curdled but that’s okay, mix

7. Mix in half of the dry ingredients, then scrape the sides of the bowl

8. Mix in the remaining coffee mixture and scrape the sides of the bowl

9. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl

10. In a lined muffin pan fill each cupcake case about 2/3 full

11. Bake the cupcakes on the middle oven rack for 12-15 minutes

12. Let the cupcakes cool

13. Whip the whipping cream and powdered sugar

14. Brush some cherry juice onto the top of each cupcake

15. Using a piping bag and decorating mall round decorating tip, fill each cupcake with a small amount of whipped cream

16. Make a swirl of whipped cream on the top

17. Finish each cupcake with any decorations you like such as the maraschino (glacé) cherries and chocolate decorations