Valentine’s Day Recipe Contest Winner!

Congratulations to RonnaF from Rockville, Maryland! Her Chocolate Cherry-Nut Cupcakes recipe is the winner of the Recipe4Living Valentine’s Day Recipe Contest. Here’s what she had to say about this recipe: “Perfect for Valentine’s Day, these cupcakes are filled with rich chocolate flavor with a touch of white chocolate, pecans, and cherries……yum!” See the recipe after the jump!

Here is the recipe:

Time needed
15 minutes preparation + 22 minutes cooking

Ingredients

Cherry Syrup:
* 1/2 C. granulated sugar
* 1/2 C. cherry cola

Cupcakes:
* 1 C. granulated sugar
* 1 C. all-purpose flour
* 6 Tbs. cocoa powder
* 1 tsp. baking powder
* 1 tsp. baking soda
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 1 egg
* 1 C. cherry cola
* 1/4 C. vegetable oil
* 1 tsp. vanilla extract
* 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 C. white chocolate chips
* 1/2 C. chopped pecans
* 1/2 C. chopped Maraschino cherries

Chocolate Cherry Frosting:
* 1/4 C. butter, melted
* 1/3 C. cocoa powder
* 1 1/2 C. confectioner’s sugar
* 3 Tbs. cherry cola
* 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
* Valentine candy hearts, optional

Directions

For Syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and the cherry cola. Cook and stir over medium-high heat. Let mixture come to a boil, then cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.

For Cupcakes:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. Add egg, cherry cola, oil and vanilla extract; beat on medium speed of mixer for 2 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips, white chips, pecans, and chopped cherries. Line 15 muffin cups with paper baking cups. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Brush tops liberally with cherry syrup. Cool completely before frosting. Frost with chocolate cherry frosting. Top each with Valentine candy hearts, if desired.

For Frosting:
In a small mixing bowl, stir butter and cocoa until blended. Alternately add confectioner’s sugar and cherry cola, beating with an electric mixer to spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla extract.

Congratulations!

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