Choco-Cherry Cupcakes, a fence post and a black cat!

by Michelle on July 27, 2008

My frig is full of sweet cherries, Bing and Rainier, and I had wanted to try a cherry cupcake. So I went to work and cut down Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake recipe for a small batch, mixed it up, diced the cherries and popped them into the oven. So far everything is going like clockwork! As I mixed the batter I knew my cupcakes were going to be more brownie-like and Joe would love ’em and he did.

I thought I would make a red and white cupcake and photograph it against the gorgeous blue summer sky. How perfect for a July cupcake! So I finished my cupcakes and headed for our east pasture. It was after 3 pm and time to feed my barn cats so as I walked both my cats, Celia and Tinkerbelle, were in close pursuit.

I was snapping pictures and really just concentrating on looking through my camera lens and suddenly the gorgeous blue sky turned black!

Look at this silly cat! Tink was not getting my attention so she decided to take matters into her own hands and get in front of the camera! So glad I was able to get this shot…priceless!







Tinkerbelle has such a fun personality but she is most definitely a working cat! She’s small and only weighs 7 lbs but she cleared out our 82’by42′, 2-story mouse-infested barn in less then a week. And then proceeded to de-mouse my neighbor’s 4-story barn too. We’ve not had a mouse on our property in 6 years! Tink is the best and keeps me company in my office during the day, but at night she’s on guard duty in the barn!! And she takes her job very seriously. We love her!


Choco-Cherry Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from “Baking: From My Home to Yours”

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/8 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
10 sweet cherries, pitted and diced

Garnish:
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 whole cherries with stems

Makes 8 cupcakes

Shift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

With a sharp knife cut fruit from pit. You want as little juice as possible so carefully dice the fruit. Set aside

Working with a hand mixer in a small bowl, beat the butter at medium speed until soft and creamy. Add the sugar and beat for about 2 minutes, until it is blended into the butter. Add the egg, beating for 1 minute and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Beat in the vanilla, then reduce the mixer speed to low and add half the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear. Scrape down the bowl and add the buttermilk, mixing until incorporated, then mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Scrape down the bowl, add the melted chocolate and mix it in with the rubber spatula. Again with a spatula fold in diced fruit. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin molds.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the tops of the cakes are dry and springy to the touch and a knife inserted into their centers comes out clean. Transfer the muffin pan to a rack and let the cakes cool for 5 minutes before unmolding them. Cool to room temperature on a rack before frosting.







I think I’m going to put the cat attack picture on Tastespotting and see what Sarah does with it! LOL!!!!




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Comments

  • Kim U July 28, 2008 at 1:31 am

    That cat picture is hilarious!!! The cupcakes sound delicious too.

  • giz July 28, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Save that cat pic for Halloween – imagine blowing it up and putting it on your front door. Mind you – if you’re out in the country – chances are the kids aren’t exactly flocking to your front door. You could also use it as a background for your Halloween post. That 7 lb cat looks jinormous in the picture.

  • Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream) July 28, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Great picture. I was actually looking for a recipe using cherries as I have aload in my fridge too – think Ive just found it

  • Ivy July 28, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    That comment about tastespotting cracked me up. You couldn’t have staged your photoshot any more perfectly. :)

  • Michelle July 28, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Tink really surprised me. I did not notice her climbing up with post as I was concentrating on taking the photos! She is such a stinker at times but so much fun. Ya gotta admit TS focus on fresh fruit and vegetables is going a bit far. Anyone can take a good picture of fresh produce! Let’s see the final product!

  • Lucy..♥ July 28, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I see it’s raining cherries in your area as well ;-)…. looking good & yummy ..And… kitty is too cute!

  • Elle August 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Fess up–there were kitty licks on the backside of the cupcake, right? :) So sweet!

  • Margaret August 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I love it. If that was a dog you would have an empty cuppy paper before you even knew it was there.

  • […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Michelle Safirstein, Sheryl. Sheryl said: RT @BigBlackDogs: My cat, Tinkerbelle, stalking a Choco-Cherry Cupcake. http://bit.ly/bRC5jP Still the funniest photo on my blog! […]

  • Cindy August 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Absolutely love the picture of Tinker, aren’t cats just nosy sometime 😀
    The cupcake is pictured perfectly against the blue sky.. What an enjoyable recipe

  • Feast on the Cheap February 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    That’s the best pic!

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