Have you ever had Cheerwine before? It’s a North Carolina-based wild cherry soda (or “pop” as I call it since I’m from the Midwest). And not just any cherry pop, but a “soft drink legend!” It’s a regional product, but I was first introduced to it in Illinois at The Fresh Market, a grocery store chain that also has its roots in North Carolina. I was so excited when I moved to Virginia that I could find it not only in every grocery store, but also on the menu at many restaurants, as common as Coke or Pepsi.
Cheerwine floats with vanilla ice cream are phenomenal and I wanted to capture that cherry-cream flavor as a dessert. Enter Cheerwine Cupcakes. You can’t really taste the flavor of the pop in the cake portion, so I added cherry oil flavoring, but that’s optional. The frosting is the main source of cheer and one tester stated they’d never tasted frosting that melts in your mouth quite like this one does. If you can’t find Cheerwine, you can use any cherry pop that you love, but it might not be as good as Cheerwine!
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[b]For the cupcakes:[/b]
- 1 box white cake mix
- 12 ounces Cheerwine, room temperature
- 1/8 teaspoon cherry flavor
- Maraschino cherries
[b]For the frosting:[/b]
- 4 cups Cheerwine
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2-3 cups of powdered confectioner sugar
Source: Frosting adapted from I am Baker