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Almond cupcakes topped with fresh cherry frosting with a fresh cherry on top

Almond Cupcakes with Fresh Cherry Frosting

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 18 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Almond Cupcakes with Fresh Cherry Frosting – Moist almond cupcakes made from scratch are topped with a light and fluffy cherry buttercream, made from fresh cherries.




  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Fresh Cherry Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 18- muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl in between additions. Beat in the almond extract. Add one-third of the flour mixture, beat to combine, then half of the buttermilk. Add another one-third of the flour, the remaining buttermilk, then the remaining flour. Beat just until combined.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full of the batter. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Remove from the pans and cool completely.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined. Beat in the salt and the almond extract, then turn the mixer to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the cherries and any juices that may have accumulated. Beat on low until combined, then turn to medium-high and beat an additional 2-3 minutes. The frosting should be light and creamy and smooth.
  6. Pipe the frosting on the cupcakes. Top with an additional cherry, if desired.

Keywords: almond cupcakes, fresh cherry frosting