Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

Cupcakes:

1 box chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 stick melted butter

2 eggs

1 cup cherry Dr. Pepper


Preheat oven to 350.  Line muffin tin with liners. 


In the bowl of a mixer, combine all ingredients.  Beat on low for about a minute.  Increase speed to high and beat for another minute. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for 15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.  Place pans on a cooling rack until cupcakes are completely cool.


Frostings:

Vanilla:

2 sticks butter, softened

4 Tablespoons Vanilla flavored syrup (the kind you use for soda/coffee)

3 cups powdered sugar

In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter and syrup on medium speed until combined.  Slowly add powdered sugar, beating on low until just mixed.  Increase speed to high and beat for about two minutes.


Cherry:

2 sticks butter, softened

1 jar maraschino cherries

3 cups powdered sugar

In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter and 4 TBS of juice from the jar of cherries.  Slowly add powdered sugar, beating on low until just combined.  Increase speed to high and beat for about two minutes.  I added red coloring to mine to make it red instead of pink, but it's not necessary.


Unwrap cupcakes and cut in half horizontally.  Place bottom half of cupcake in your jar first, then pipe or spoon in a bit of vanilla frosting and then a bit of cherry frosting.  Top with the other half of the cupcake, and pipe/swirl more frosting on top.  Top with a cherry.