First Kiss Cupcakes

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These cupcakes look delicious, and would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat!

The perfect way to celebrate National Cherry Month!

Here at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, our bakery is closed up tightly for the winter, but our homes are bustling with baking, cooking and all kinds of fun!  Winter in Door County is a busy time, but a different kind of busy than the summer season.  We are always thinking about cherries however, no matter what time of year it is!

The recipe is below.  It may look long and complicated, but it’s really quite simple, and very delicious!

Enjoy the cupcakes!

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Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CAKE:
1 cup cocoa
2 cups boiling water
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
Paper baking cups
Vegetable cooking spray
24 milk chocolate kisses

CHERRY FROSTING:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons cherry jam
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar

TOPPINGS:
24 red maraschino cherries (with stems)

CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
1 cup whipping cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cocoa and 2 cups boiling water in a large heatproof bowl, stirring until blended and smooth; cool completely. Beat butter with a mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in chocolate extract.

Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not cool.
While cupcakes are still warm, press 1 chocolate kiss into the center of each. Let cool completely.
To prepare cherry frosting, beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Makes 3 cups.
Frost each cupcake with Cherry Frosting.

To prepare ganache, cook cream in a heavy non aluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until it begins to steam (do not boil); remove from heat. Place chocolate in a glass bowl. Slowly add hot cream to chocolate, beating with a whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is well blended. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Makes about 2 cups.
Dip cherries in Chocolate Ganache, and place 1 on top of each cupcake.

(recipe from southern living.com)

 

This isn’t Kansas!

No Ice Cream on Cherry Pie???

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At one time, it was illegal to put ice cream on top of cherry pie in Kansas!  We don’t know why that law existed, but we here at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market Bakery are definitely glad those good folks in Kansas can enjoy eating cherry pie alamode. It’s almost the best way! If not ice cream, whipped cream will do….. or plain isn’t bad either……

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Always remember, eating cherry pie isn’t a fattening thing to do, it’s a healthy thing to do, because cherries are so darn good for you!  We raise all the cherries we use in our bakery right here at Seaquist Orchards, in beautiful Door County Wisconsin!