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Single cupcake with a cherry on top.

Buttermilk Cupcakes with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist buttermilk cupcakes with sweet cherry cream cheese frosting.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings



  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting recipe follows
  • 12 cherries for garnish if desired

Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1/4 cup cherry preserves


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, use a hand held mixer on medium speed to beat butter and granulated sugar together until creamy, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Beat in egg whites and vanilla until combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  • With the mixer on medium, beat in 1/3 of flour mixture. Once combined, beat in 1/3 of buttermilk. Continue alternating with remaining flour mixture and buttermilk.
  • Spoon thick batter into cupcake liners. Fill each liner 2/3 of the way full.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs on it.
  • Allow to cool in cupcake tin for a couple of minutes. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, use a hand held mixer on medium speed, cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla.
  • Gradually add in sugar. Beat until, thick but spreadable mixture. Fold in cherry preserves. Frosting will turn pink. Once combined, use to frost cupcakes.
  • Once the cupcakes are completely cool, frost with cherry cream cheese frosting. Note: I used a piping bag, but if you don't have one you can place frosting in a large resealable bag with the corner snipped.
  • Place 1 cherry on top of each cupcake.


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