When I was teaching in Japan, whenever I went back home to Sydney, I'd ask my Australian colleagues what I could bring back for them. Forget Vegemite and Tim Tams, the most requests were for Cherry Ripes.
I bought these cupcake liners from an ebay seller and it only seemed fitting to make cherry ripe cupcakes (quite frankly it would seem strange making a non cherry themed cupcake in them!). I adapted these from the Womens Weekly Cupcakes book recipe called Coconut Cherry Hearts. I prefer the name Cherry Ripe Cupcakes as you'll know exactly how these will taste just from hearing the name-like a Cherry Ripe!
Cherry Ripe cupcakes
Choc cherry cake
125 g butter softened
1/2 teaspoon coconut essence
2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
1/2 cup (80ml) milk
1/2 cup (40g) dessicated coconut
1/3 cup (70g) red glace cherries
50g dark eating chocolate chopped coarsely
1 cup (150 g) self raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup (35g) plain flour
Milk Chocolate ganache
(this amount of ganache only iced 4 cupcakes for me...heavy handed on the icing, moi?)
1/4 cup (60ml) cream
100g milk eating chocolate coarsely chopped
Step 1 - preheat oven to moderate 180c/160c fan forced. Line muffin tins.
Step 2 - beat butter , essence, sugar and eggs in a small bowl with electric mixer until combined
Step 3 - stir in milk, coconut, cherries and chocolate then sifted flours and cocoa. Divide mixture among cases, smooth surface
Step 4 - Bake large cakes about 35 minutes, small cakes about 25 minutes. Turn onto wire rack to cool
For ganache, bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan, pour over chocolate in bowl stir until smooth. Cover bowl and stand at room temperature until ganache is spreadable.