Cherry Cupcakes

by Florence

Cherry cupcakes or Cherry Tassies are a great morning tea or afternoon tea treat. They look fantastic.

• 1 1/4 cups of softened butter - 2 1/2 sticks
• 1 1/2 cups of powdered (icing) sugar
• 1 tsp. of baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. of salt
• 1 tsp. almond extract
• 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
• 1/4 tsp. of rum extract
• 1 large egg
• 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose (plain)flour
• 1/2 cup of almond meal
• Maraschino cherries with the stem - 36 cherries
• Extra powdered sugar
• Coarse sugar or regular granulated sugar

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and powdered sugar until it is well blended.

Add the vanilla, rum and almond extract.

In another bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder together. Add this flour mixture to the the butter mixture and blend.

Add the almond meal and mix again.

Place about 1 cup of powdered sugar in a Ziplock bag, shape your dough into 1 inch balls and place them a few at a time in the powdered sugar until they are well coated. Then press each tassie into 1 3/4 inch UNgreased muffin cups or into mini muffin paper cups placed in the muffin pan.

Place a cherry - stem side up - onto each tassie.

Bake at 350F (180C), for 10 to 12 minutes or until your cherry tassies are slightly brown. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if you choose to.

Let the tassies cool about 5 minutes in the muffin cups before trying to unmold them.

Thank you Florence

Florence has a wonderful website called Fun Tea Party Ideas. It is a fun site about tea parties, delicious recipes and a whole lot of information about tea.

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