Cherry vanilla cupcakes are a long forgotten favourite of mine. When my local discounted food store was selling off bags of dried cherries and strawberries at 3 for £1 I couldn’t resist buying a few quids worth. I had to make my unloved recipe for cherry vanilla cupcakes. I hadn’t made them for a few years as dried cherries can be much more expensive than fresh or even tinned ones. I love dried cherries, they have a very good flavour and go really well in cakes. If you were to use fresh cherries, the flavour would not be the same and the cake would come out slightly red or purple (depending on which type of cherries were used) You can use a mixture of dried cherries and glace cherries if you prefer a sweeter cake. Glace cherries are best when they are cut into small chunks – don’t leave them whole as the sugary coating can make your cake batter a little strange. I’m not sure what happens, but the end result is a funny tasting cupcake. No one likes those.
Cherry vanilla cupcakes are a great addition to lunch boxes for children and grown ups alike. These cupcakes are really delicious and they also go great with a brew for when unexpected visitors come to call. You can also make this recipe into a loaf cake or a normal round cake. It works just the same, although they may require cooking for longer. Just keep checking on them if you do this!