Cherry Jam Chocolate Cupcakes!!
We love cupcakes at our house. My husband loves them more than just about anything. Not the wonderful works of art that you get at cupcake bakeries these days. Nope, my plain-palate husband loves the old-fashioned kind moms used to make for bake sales. I, on the other hand, love new tastes and ingredients. The problem is not marrying our two tastes, it is the fact that I am domestically impaired. I can mess up a box mix in a heart beat!
Not only does the hubs only like old-fashioned cupcakes, the only likes white cake with chocolate icing or chocolate cake with white icing. When we first met, I wanted to make him a cake so I went to the store and bought chocolate icing and what I thought was white cake. After slaving over that thing for hours, I presented it to him with proud excitement. He had been anticipating it all day long but when he saw it, his face fell. Then he started laughing. He asked me why I had made him yellow cake with chocolate icing? Didn’t I know what white cake looked like? I thought yellow cake WAS white cake. Who knew that right next to the yellow, chocolate, carrot, and strawberry cake mixes…………sat the white cake mix! Yes, I know I should at least know my colors. The nuns were pretty strict on that in kindergarten.
Back to my cupcakes: Mixed up a chocolate cake mix. Mercifully, they did not burn and were not raw in the middle. I let them cool and on three of them, I decided to do something different. I took the handle of my wooden handled spoon and poked a few holes in them. Not nearly all the way to the bottom, just in far enough to hold my next ingredient……cherry jam!
I scooped 2 tablespoons out of a jar I made this summer and put it in the microwave for 5 seconds. Took it out and spooned it very carefully over the cupcakes. I then set them on a plate and put them in the refrigerator.
While they firmed up, I popped the top on the can of frosting my hubby loves and went to town, frosting the rest of the cupcakes. By the time I was finished, the cherry jam had set up in the cupcakes. The jam I spread around the top of the cupcakes was pretty, but needed something else. I grabbed a bag of powdered sugar that had been in the cabinet for ever and I sprinkled it over top. They turned out gorgeous!
I couldn’t wait to taste the mixture of the chocolate cake and cherry jam. It was so moist and wonderful!
Just another way to enjoy the tastes of summer! Try it for yourself. If I can do it, I KNOW you can do it!