I wanted to somehow make a classic cherry pie into a cupcake form, I think I've succeeded. This is a soft vanilla cake with cherry filling, top with buttercream and graham cracker 'crust'.
Step 1: Bake the Cakes!
First, bake vanilla cakes. This recipe will make 24 cupcakes.
2 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cup sugar
4 large eggs, room temp
1 cup milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 and line 24 cupcake tins. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually mix in each egg one at a time. In another bowl, add milk and vanilla. Alternate mixing the dry ingredients and milk mixture into the butter batter in 3 parts. Once all mixed, divide into cupcake tins, filling about 3/4 up. Bake for 20-25 minutes until done.
Step 2: Make Room for the Cherry!
Hollow out the centers of cooled cupcakes, eat the 'waste' :P
Step 3: Fill 'er Up!
Fill the centers of each cake with cherry pie filling.
1 can of cherry pie filling
1/2 c powdered sugar
Mix together until smooth.
Step 4: Frosting the Tops
Pipe 'mounds' of buttercream on top of each cake, first filling in the centers which may have sunk a bit.
Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream
5 egg whites
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 sticks butter
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk egg whites and sugar in a heat proof bowl and place on a simmering saucepan. Whisk continuously until mixture reaches 150 degrees. Remove from heat and begin whipping with a hand mixer until doubled in size and cooled, about 5 minutes. Gradually add in butter, one chunk at a time until desired consistency. Add salt and vanilla and beat until fluffy.
Step 5: Time for the Crust!
Dip each iced cupcake gently in graham cracker mixture. Drizzle glaze.
Graham Cracker Topping
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
Mix together and dip iced cupcakes until fully coated.
4 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp heavy cream
1/2 tsp honey
Mix all together until desired consistency, add more sugar if needed.
Step 6: Cherry Pie Time!
Any berry filling would work, I chose cherry for the tartness! Enjoy!