The ULTIMATE Black Forest Cupcakes! Tender rich chocolate cupcakes laced with Kirsch and filled with black cherry conserve, then topped with a luxurious buttercream swirl and the obligatory cherry on top.
Gotta love the retro!
If you’re of a certain age, you will remember a time when Black Forest, as a flavour, was a huge deal. My memories of it involve it being served with a crazy amount of whipped cream. I kid you not, I swear there was more cream than cake! Was it just me??
Needless to say, I found all the cream a bit too much to enjoy and it put me off anything to do with Black Forest for a long time.
Then one day a friend shared some chocolate cherry cookies with me, and I rediscovered the beautiful flavours together! And guess what? I fell in love with it, and can finally see what all the fuss is about!
I mean, don’t get me wrong. You know already by now I love my chocolate in all its forms, from cake and doughnuts to cookies and brownies. And cherries, well my Cherry Bakewell Blondies speak for themselves. So it was just a matter of time before I put them together to share with you, right?
And cupcakes… well, they just feel really special! Especially with a surprise filling and topped with a glorious swirl of buttercream. What’s not to like?
How to make Black Forest Cupcakes
For these cupcakes, I have a secret ingredient: yoghurt! I find this addition makes for a wonderfully moist and tender cupcake, which just melts in your mouth. The recipe itself is uncomplicated really: mix the dry and wet separately, then beat them together and bake. Simples!
Brushing your cupcakes with Kirsch as soon as they’re out of the oven leaves them super moist without going soggy, and with all the stunning flavour of Kirsch. Of course, this is totally optional, if you don’t want to use any alcohol, you can totally omit this step.
Once cool, cut a hollow in your cupcakes, fill with beautiful black cherry jam (I love this one), before topping with a buttercream flourish, chocolate shavings and the obligatory cherry on top!
And there you have it! Beautiful, decadent, Black Forest Cupcakes you are going to ADORE! Let me know if you make these and how they turn out for you.
Happy baking my friends! x