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Cheerwine Cupcakes

Cheerwine Cupcakes by Kitchen Gidget

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 Cupcakes by Kitchen Gidget

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!

Is there a local beverage in your area that’s hard to find elsewhere? Comment below and let us know!

Cheerwine Cupcakes by Kitchen Gidget

Cheerwine Cupcakes

Cheerwine Cupcakes by Kitchen Gidget

Cheerwine Cupcakes

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Cupcakes that taste like the iconic, southern cherry soda Cheerwine.

Ingredients

[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

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line cupcake pans with liners and set aside
  • Whisk together cake mix, Cheerwine and cherry flavor until combined. Pour into prepared pans about 2/3 or 3/4 full and bake according to package instructions, about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, boil down the Cheerwine until it has reduced to 1/2 cup. Cool completely.
  • In a stand mixer, cream butter and 2 cups of powdered sugar on medium speed. Slow speed to low and incorporate Cheerwine reduction. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, adding additional sugar if needed to achieve desired consistency. Pipe onto cupcakes and top each one with a maraschino cherry.
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    Source: Frosting adapted from I am Baker

    Linked to: Show Stopper Saturday @ Will Cook for Smiles, Saturday Night Fever @ The Weary Chef, Time to Sparkle @ Inside BruCrew Life

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    Tina

    Sunday 26th of July 2020

    These are awesome and my dad is a cheerwine fanatic. So they’re a big hit with my family. My question is have you ever froze the cupcakes (not iced) and thawed and iced later. We are having a get-together and I made them but we had our wires crossed. Turns out company won’t arrive until next week. Hoping I could freeze them....

    Rebekah

    Sunday 26th of July 2020

    I've never done it with these cupcakes in particular, but I've frozen other cakes and cupcakes (unfrosted) before with great results!

    SI

    Monday 15th of June 2020

    When you say cherry flavor, do you mean like a cherry extract or the juice from the maraschino jar?

    Rebekah

    Tuesday 16th of June 2020

    Extract for baking or candy making. LorAnn brand is what I usually use.

    Jennifer

    Tuesday 15th of October 2019

    Hi! Do these need to be refrigerated after they're done?

    Rebekah

    Tuesday 15th of October 2019

    They do NOT need to be refrigerated. For stability's sake (I've had a lot of melt downs in my day!) I prefer to refrigerate them or keep in a cool environment.

    Virginia

    Saturday 23rd of June 2018

    Do you make the cake according to directions on box on top of adding the cheerwine? Directions weren't specific.

    Rebekah

    Saturday 23rd of June 2018

    It's just the dry cake mix and Cheerwine soda.

    Aj

    Friday 22nd of September 2017

    Ironport is a soda I only find in Utah and Idaho. I like it and am not sure why it is not sold elsewhere!

    Rebekah

    Friday 29th of September 2017

    Haven't heard of that one, but the name alone is awesome!