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Vanilla Cupcake Base

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees and line cupcake pans.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in bowl and set aside
  3. In stand mixer with paddle attachment mix butter, sugar, vanilla until fluffy
  4. Add eggs one at a time to wet ingredients on low speed
  5. Alternate dry ingredients, yogurt and milk into wet ingredients until combine

Fresh Cherry Buttercream

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and finely chopped
  1. Cream butter in stand mixer with paddle attachment
  2. Add powdered sugar, salt and vanilla
  3. Beat until smooth

Fresh Cherry Filling

  • 4 cups of fresh cherries pitted

  • 1 cup of white sugar

  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  1. Put cherries into a saucepan over med/high heat until they start to simmer and release juice (about 10 minutes) Make sure you stir them often so they don't burn.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the sugar and cornstarch. Pour this mixture over the hot cherries and stir until combined. 
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce/filling has become thick