Shirley Temple Cupcakes


Who doesn’t love Shirley Temples? When considering recipes to make for Valentine’s Day, these cupcakes should definitely be at the top of your list! These cupcakes are delicious and would make the perfect addition to any party or baking event. Just make sure you love cherries as much as I do!

1 1/2 cup flour, plus 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup cherry 7-Up
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
Red food coloring

Frosting Ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
Pinch salt
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice

For Garnish:
12 maraschino cherries

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

• In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk. Set aside.

• Using a stand mixer and paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, and combine well.

• Lower the speed of the mixer and add half the flour mixture. Next, add half of the 7-Up and continue to alternate adding flour and 7-Up until completely added. Next add vanilla and almond extracts, and mix well.

• Remove 3/4 cup of the batter and place in a small bowl. Add flour, cherry juice, and food coloring (to desired red color.) Distribute red batter to the bottom of each cupcake liner (approximately 2-3 teaspoons per liner.)

• Top with remaining cupcake batter, being careful not to mix the two. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be careful not to over-bake.

• For the frosting, using a stand mixer, cream butter for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and add salt, powdered sugar, extracts, lemon juice, and maraschino juice. Frost cupcakes, and top with a maraschino cherry.


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