I know everyone else is still going to have a great weekend, so I thought some ideas for picnics would be good. I was thinking about all the “patriotic” posts that have been everywhere this week. I was thinking how cheesy food is kind of obnoxious sometimes. And by cheesy I mean red cupcakes with bright blue icing and white candy stars on the icing. We are still part of the no kids group. I don’t need bright blue icing to enjoy a cupcake. I really don’t even need it to involve red, white and blue to eat it at a picnic for a national holiday. There will be flags hanging. I don’t need to eat one too.
But cherries. Cherries are one of those things that scream summer to me. And they are red. So patriotic! So this is why I thought, if you wanted to take a patriotic dessert with you this weekend, these cupcakes would be perfect. Oh! And there isn’t any icing – so they will be fine sitting on a picnic table!
Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin pans with paper liners. I hand-mixed the batter with a wooden spoon.
What You Need
2 cups blanched almonds, divided
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick of butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs (room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla extract
~2 1/2 cups halved sweet cherries (~1 lb fresh)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
In a small food processor, chop half the almonds to coarse chunks and set aside. Chop the second half coarsely and remove 1/4 cup setting aside separately from the first cup. Ad flour, baking powder, and salt to the food processor and grind to a flour consistency. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, mixing in one at a time, and then stir in vanilla extract.
Slowly stir in almond-flour mixture.
Fold in the cherries and the 1/4 cup of chopped almonds.
Stir 2 Tbsp brown sugar into the remaining cup of almonds.
Divide batter between 18 cupcake papers (~2/3 full). Top each with almond-sugar mixture.
Bake for ~20-25 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes on cooling rack, then allow to cool completely out of muffin pan.
Yields: ~18 cupcakes