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Published: 5 Dec 2012      

20 minutes

These Black Forest Muffins are perfect for an afternoon tea time treat or for a dessert topped with cream!


450 grams                     Cherries pitted and halved          

150 ml                          Water  

110 grams                     Dark Chocolate Chips    

225 grams                     Butter unsalted, softened           

175 grams                     Light Muscovado Sugar 

3                                  Eggs    

500 grams                     Plain White Flour  sifted            

1.50 tsp                        Baking Powder

1.50 tsp                        Bicarbonate Of Soda     

0.25 tsp                        Salt     

140 ml                          Sour cream


Further Additional Ingredients:

12                                Cherries to decorate      

                                   Chocolate shavings, to decorate


How to make Black Forest Muffins

For the muffins:

  • heat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, gas 4.
  • Place paper cases in a 16 hole muffin tin.
  • Combine cherry halves with the kirsch and set aside.
  • In a small pan, over a low heat combine the water and chocolate chips.
  • Heat, stirring frequently until the chocolate has melted.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium speed, cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the cooled chocolate, scraping the sides of the pan and mix thoroughly.
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture in batches, alternating with the soured cream, mixing on low speed to incorporate.
  • Spoon into the paper cases, add a spoonful of cherries, (reserving the liquid) and top with cake mixture, so that the paper cases are filled to the top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until firm to the touch.
  • Cool in the tin for 10 minutes; turn out and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Using a skewer or cocktail stick, poke several holes in the top of the muffins. Drizzle the reserved cherry liquid over the top of the muffins and allow to soak in.


For the whipped cream:

  • whisk the cream until soft peaks form.
  • Add the sugar and vanilla and whisk until incorporated.
  • Place a spoonful of whipped cream on top of each cupcake.
  • Decorate with fresh cherries and shaved chocolate.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Recipe contains alcohol. For a child-friendly version replace the kirsch with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.