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Chocolate Cupcakes with Amarena Cherries

These are the perfect dessert or gift for your loved one for Valentine’s Day. Rich, dark chocolate cake with a delightful Amarena cherry icing.

Makes about 12 cupcakes

15-30 minutes

Lindt DESSERT 70% Cococa




  • 60g Butter, unsalted
  • 100g Caster sugar
  • 2each Eggs 
  • 200g Chocolate Sauce (from below)
  • 80g Plain flour
  • 60g Almond meal 
  • 20g Cocoa powder
  • 2tsp Baking powder
  • Pinch Sea salt



Chocolate Sauce- Prepare this first

  • 180g Lindt Dessert 70% 
  • 140ml Milk
  • 65ml Vegetable oil 
  • Serve the any leftover with the cupcakes.


  • 170g Butter, unsalted and soft
  • 340g Pure icing sugar, sifted
  • Little Vanilla bean paste 
  • Little Salt 
  • 2 Tbsp Amarena syrup or milk 
  • 8-10 Amarena cherries, chopped




  • Little red food colour 
  • Top with a cherry
  • Chocolate decorations



For example words or names made from tempered chocolate.  

A splash of Cointreau or even Whiskey can be a delightful addition to the icing, pairing well with chocolate and cherries.


  • 1

    For the cupcakes

    • Preheat the oven to 180°C

  • 2

    For the chocolate sauce

    • Combine the milk and oil and warm to just under boiling point.

      Mix in the chopped chocolate and mix to a smooth sauce using a stick blender.

      Set aside to cool.

  • 3

    For the cake

    • Combine the butter and the sugar and cream until sugar is dissolved and mixture is pale.

  • 4


    • The eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  • 5


    • Together the plain flour, almond meal, cocoa and baking powder.

      Fold into the batter to incorporate.

  • 6


    • In the chocolate sauce and salt.

  • 7


    • Into paper cup lined cupcake tray.

  • 8


    • For 12-15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

      Put aside to cool fully.

  • 9

    For the icing

    • Place soft butter into the bowl of your electric mixer and with a whisk attachment whisk for about 6-7 minutes, until light.

      Scrape down sides a couple of times.

  • 10


    • Icing sugar and add little by little on medium speed.

  • 11


    • Pinch of salt, vanilla, Amarena syrup, chopped cherries and colour if using.

      Use at room temperature.

  • 12


    • Each cupcake generously with icing and decorate with chocolate and top with a cherry. 


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