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Cherry Almond Cupcakes

Cherry Almond Cupcakes have a rich almond flavor and are topped with fluffy cherry buttercream frosting! Take a break from the chocolate desserts and give these cherry almond cupcakes a try instead.

Any fans of cherry flavored desserts out there? This cupcake recipe is for you! You might also love our cherry chip cheeseball recipe and our cherry chip brownies. SO good and perfect for holidays too.

Almond cupcakes topped with cherry frosting and maraschino cherries.

Why Make Cherry Cupcakes

Sometimes you might not be craving homemade chocolate cupcakes. I know. Don’t worry, I’m still baking my fair share of chocolate treats, but these Cherry Almond Cupcakes made a nice change from the norm.

  • Start with a box of cake mix for an easy cupcake base.
  • Add almond extract for rich, nutty flavor.
  • Swirl homemade cherry buttercream on top, made with maraschino cherry juice.
  • Add a maraschino cherry or sliced almonds for garnish.

You’ve probably noticed by now that almond extract actually smells like maraschino cherries. That’s because maraschino cherries are infused with almond extract! Adding a bit of additional almond extract to the batter enhances the cherry flavor in the frosting.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make cherry almond cupcakes.
  • Butter Cake Mix- if you can’t find the butter flavored mix, just use white cake or yellow cake instead.
  • Butter- you’ll need some for the cake mix and some for the frosting. I use unsalted butter in all my baking unless otherwise noted.
  • Almond Extract- adding a Tablespoon gives the cake batter a rich, nutty almond flavor. Feel free to use less if desired. You’ll also add some to the frosting!
  • Cherry Juice- grab that jar of maraschino cherries and use some of that juice.

How to Make Cherry Almond Cupcakes

Step by step photos showing how to make cherry almond cupcakes.

You’re going to love how easy this cupcake recipe is to make!

For the batter:

This cupcake recipe starts with a simple box of butter cake mix. Add it to a bowl with some butter, eggs, water and almond extract and you have a fool proof batter ready to get baked into cupcakes.

To bake the cupcakes: 

Line your cupcake pan with paper liners and fill them half way up with the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted to the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and let the cupcakes cool completely while you make the frosting!

For the frosting:

Whip together softened butter and powdered sugar with a little maraschino cherry juice and another spoonful of almond extract.

Electric beaters or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment work best for getting the buttercream nice and fluffy!

How to frost cherry cupcakes

Cherry buttercream being piped onto an almond cupcake.

Once the cupcakes are fully cooled, scoop the frosting into your decorating bag with the tip of your choice. Decorate each cupcake with as much frosting as desired.

A maraschino cherry poised on top is the perfect garnish. You could also add a pinch of sliced almonds if desired!

These are wonderful as a birthday treat, for Valentine’s Day or just about any occasion.

Recipe FAQs

How do you freeze buttercream frosting?

If you want to make the buttercream frosting in advance, it keeps well covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or, transfer it to an airtight freezer safe container and you can keep it in the freezer for as long as 3 months.

How do you store Almond Cupcakes?

Keep these almond cupcakes covered and enjoy them within 3 days for best flavor. These also freeze well! I prefer to freeze the almond cupcakes un-frosted in a ziploc bag, then frost them after they’ve thawed.

Can I use a homemade cake batter instead of mix?

Absolutely. Try our vanilla cake and add almond extract for the perfect base.

Cherry almond cupcakes on a white cake plate.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you don’t have a frosting bag: You can use a spatula to spread a layer of frosting; they won’t look as “finished” but they still taste great. You can also use a ziploc bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes as desired.
  • For mini cupcakes: Divide the batter evenly into your mini muffin pan and bake for about 10 minutes.

More Easy Cupcake Recipes

Yield: 24

Cherry Almond Cupcakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Cherry Almond Cupcakes have a rich almond flavor and are topped with fluffy cherry buttercream frosting! Take a break from the chocolate desserts and give these cherry almond cupcakes a try instead.

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 box (18.5 ounce) butter cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon almond extract

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the cupcake ingredients together. Line cupcake pan with paper wrappers. Fill cupcakes ½ full.
  2. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-17 minutes. Remove and cool completely. You can also make mini cupcakes if you prefer, baking for about 10 minutes.
  3. For the frosting, combine butter with powdered sugar, cherry juice and almond extract. When combined, beat on high for 2-3 minutes until fluffy.
  4. Fill decorating bag and using tip of your choice, frost each cupcake. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you don't have a frosting bag: You can use a spatula to spread a layer of frosting; they won't look as "finished" but they still taste great. You can also use a ziploc bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes as desired.
  • For mini cupcakes: Divide the batter evenly into your mini muffin pan and bake for about 10 minutes.
  • How do you freeze buttercream frosting? If you want to make the buttercream frosting in advance, it keeps well covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or, transfer it to an airtight freezer safe container and you can keep it in the freezer for as long as 3 months.
  • How do you store Almond Cupcakes? Keep these almond cupcakes covered and enjoy them within 3 days for best flavor. These also freeze well! I prefer to freeze the almond cupcakes un-frosted in a ziploc bag, then frost them after they've thawed.
  • Can I use a homemade cake batter instead of mix? Absolutely. Try our vanilla cake and add almond extract for the perfect base. If you can't find the "butter cake mix," swap it out for yellow cake mix or even white cake mix.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    24

    Serving Size:

    1 cupcake

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 176mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 39gProtein: 2g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    Posted on January 15, 2022

    Comments & Reviews

    1. I love the flavor combo of cherry and almond, so I was excited when I stumbled upon this recipe. It did not disappoint. The cupcakes were so delicious!

    2. My husband is both a Cherry and an almond fiend… can’t wait to try these. I like to boozy bake, I’m thinking a bit of almond liqueur or maraschino liqueur would go great in these. 🙂

    3. Hi, I’m featuring these at “What’s New Wednesday” this week! Thanks so much for sharing them:)

    4. I’d love for you to stop by Sweet & Simple Sunday and share these!!

      http://cupsbykim.blogspot.com/2012/03/sweet-simple-sunday-2.html

    5. What a beautiful birthday girl! Happy birthday too her. And these cupcakes are so pretty too, I want to eat my computer screen. 🙂

    6. Happy Birthday to your little cutie pie!!! I can definitely tell she has personality with that smile:-)

      I hear ya on getting rid of the “baby” fat:-) My youngest is going to be 9 later this year…and I’m still carrying around some “weight” 🙂

      Yummy cupcakes!!! They are diet right???

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