Dried Cherry and Pistachio Cupcakes

Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® cake mix and frosting come together in these delicious cupcakes that are garnished with cherries and nuts – a perfect dessert to treat a crowd.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ white cake mix
1 1/4
cups water
1/3
cup vegetable oil
4
egg whites
1
package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1
cup chopped dried cherries
1/2
cup chopped pistachio nuts
1
tablespoon Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

Frosting

1
container (1 lb) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting

Garnish

3/4
cup chopped dried cherries
1/2
cup chopped pistachio nuts
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and egg whites on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Beat in cream cheese until blended. In small bowl, toss 1 cup cherries and 1/2 cup nuts with flour; stir into batter. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  • 3 Bake 20 to 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Garnish with 3/4 cup cherries and 1/2 cup nuts.

Expert Tips

Substitute 1 box white cake mix for the yellow cupcakes. Make cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes except—use 1 1/4 cups water, 1/3 cup oil and 4 egg whites and beat in 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened. Toss 1 cup chopped dried cherries and 1/2 cup chopped pistachio nuts with 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour; stir into batter. Bake 20 to 24 minutes. Cool as directed on box. For the frosting, substitute 1 container vanilla creamy ready-to-spread frosting. Garnish as directed in recipe.

Bake these cupcakes, but don’t frost them. Place in an airtight container and freeze. A few hours before serving, remove them from the freezer, frost and decorate.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
370
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
160mg
160%;
Total Carbohydrate
60g
60%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
47g
47%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.