During my high school years we had family picnics as often as we could during the summer. Baked beans, hot dogs, salad, fruit, homemade ice cream – all the good stuff. One of my favorite picnic desserts was the chocolate cake Aunt Carol would often bring. A single round layer, covered in whipped cream, sprinkled with cinnamon and dotted with cherries. Simple, delicious, and light, it stuck in my mind. Many years later I’m re-creating it in these Black Forest Cupcakes!
The cupcakes themselves are a simple one bowl dark chocolate cake recipe. Last year my husband asked me to give him a cake recipe that he could make for my birthday without a lot of baking experience. I handed him The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe from Robyn at Add a Pinch which I had made several times myself, and suggested he make it as two single layers with whipped cream, cinnamon and cherries for nostalgia’s sake. It was a huge hit and we all loved it!