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Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes Recipe

The melding of flavors - chocolate cake, ganache, bourbon, cherries and buttercream icing - creates a decadent treat made more delicious with the addition of Limited Edition Cherry Cordial Candy Melts candy. It's the perfect over-the-top treat to show off your baking skills.
Makes: Makes about 24 cupcakes.
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare muffin pan with baking cups.

Step 2

In large bowl beat cake mix, bourbon, water, oil and eggs at low speed 30 seconds. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl; beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Fill baking cups 2/3 full with batter.

Step 3

Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.

Step 4

Melt Cocoa Cherry Candy Melts candy according to package instructions. Divide melted candy equally into 2 bowls.

Step 5

For icing, beat butter and shortening in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Slowly add 2-3 tablespoons bourbon; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add half the melted candy; beat until well combined, scraping bottom and sides of bowl often. For ganache, heat cream until steaming; whisk into second bowl of melted candy until well combined

Step 6

To assemble: Cut a hole approximately 1/2 in. wide x 1/2 in. deep with paring knife in the top of each cupcake. Drop 1 cherry into each hole and top with melted ganache. Let sit until ganache firms up, about 3-5 minutes. Dip tops of cupcakes in melted ganache, shaking off excess. Ice with buttercream.

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1 package (10 oz.) Limited Edition Cherry Cordial Candy Melts® Candy (, divided)




devil's food cake mix

1 box (16.5 oz.) devil's food cake mix


1/2 cup + 2-3 tablespoons bourbon


1/2 cup water

vegetable oil

1/3 cup vegetable oil


3 eggs

butter, softened

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

vegetable shortening

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

confectioners' sugar

4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar (, sifted)

heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Maraschino cherries

1 jar (10 oz.) Maraschino cherries (, drained, stems removed)




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