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Bready or Not Guest Recipe: THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX Cherry Cupcakes by Wendy Nikel

One of the many wonderful things that Michigan is known for is its cherries, which made cherry cupcakes an easy choice for this recipe inspired by Wendy Nikel's novella The Grandmother Paradox. Substituting fats like butter and oils with fruit makes for a healthier cupcake.
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Keyword: cherries, cream cheese, cupcake
Author: Beth Cato


Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup cherries pitted & pureed

Frosting ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 box cherry-flavored instant gelatin mix


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  • Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In separate bowl, mix egg whites and vanilla.
  • Add honey, sugar, applesauce, and buttermilk.
  • Gradually add the dry mixture into the egg and milk mixture until well blended.
  • Add cherries
  • Fill cupcake liners half full and bake for 22-25 minutes. Let cool.
  • After cupcakes are cool, frost.
  • Sprinkle gelatin mix on the top and enjoy!