Moonshine Cherry Cupcakes

We are on challenge #3 of the Young and Hungry Blogger Challenge. If you haven’t heard, Young and Hungry is a new comedy tv show premiering June 25th on ABC Family.  The show is about a young aspiring food blogger hired by a tech mogul to be his personal chef. The show is inspried by Gabi from Broke Ass Gourmet and her story. In the show Gabi must prove to her boss that she’s worthy of the job. There are 40 bloggers competing for prizes and the biggest prize being a blog mention on the show itself! To me, that is pretty darn exciting!  For this challenge we were to make a unique cupcake using the cupcake liners, take a photo and upload it to the challenge for you to vote for!  I made Moonshine Cherry Cupcakes!

Moonshine Cherry Cupcakes
I wasn’t able to do the challenge the day we recieved it.  I work full time and didn’t get home until almost 6 pm, then had to cook dinner for us as well as make potato salad to take to work for a baby shower.  Since I didn’t have my phone, I didn’t have the advantage of knowing what the challenge was because I have no acccess to personal email all day on my job.  In any case, I still did not know until I actually started to make the recipe what I was going to do, and I kind of made it up as I went a long and Grumpy was beside me helping 🙂
Moonshine Cherry Cupcakes
When I got home, I pulled out a yellow cake mix.  Yup.  I sure did.  I haven’t made a cake mix in years but recently decided to buy a couple just to have on hand for some of those doctored up cake mix recipes I thought I might want to make.  I chopped up fresh cherries, put some amaretto in the mix and baked them up.  The special and unique part of this cupcake is the frosting!  Made with some Moonshine Cherry Juice and the cherries themselves.  This was quick, easy and a yummy treat make!
I hope you like my cupcake and please if you do, go vote for it!
Moonshine Cherry Cupcakes




Moonshine Cherry Cupcakes
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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Serves: 20 cupcakes
A doctored up cake mix with a moonshine cherry frosting. Ingredients
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup fresh cherries
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Moonshine Cherry Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry extract
  • 20 moonshine cherries for topping
  • 10 moonshine cherries chopped finely
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Make cake mix by adding the eggs, water, oil, and amaretto and mixing well with hand mixer.
  2. Fold in chopped cherries. Scoop about 1/3 cup of batter into cupcake tin lined with paper liners.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, cool 5 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.
  4. Make the frosting by creaming together butter and shortening. Gradually add confectioner sugar 1 cup at a time. Add moonshine cherry juice and cherry extract after adding first cup of sugar.
  5. Blend the frosting until creamy adding more sugar if needed. Fold in finely chopped moonshine cherries. Frost completely cooled cupcakes and top with cherry.
  6. Note: Prep time includes time to mix together the ingredients as well as frosting the cupcakes.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Life Tastes Good June 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Great idea! and I love your picture it is so colorful and pretty!! I love that you doctored up a box cake mix! It makes it so easy! Not just to make the cupcakes, but the clean-up too! Win-Win!! Voted!! Good Luck <3

  2. Michelle Nahom June 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Heading over to vote for you now Shelby! Good luck! If you have a free moment, I would love for you to link up with us for Foodie Fridays (this or any other recipes you'd like!) I just started a brand new recipe link up this week…it will be going live every Friday morning at midnight. Have a great weekend!

  3. Renee Paj June 27, 2014 at 12:31 am - Reply

    These sound really delicious! I don't think I've ever seen moonshine cherry juice, but I like how it sounds!

  4. Aunt Bee June 27, 2014 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Those cupcakes look so delicious!

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