Cherry 7UP Shirley Temple Cupcakes

This post has been sponsored by 7UP. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Shirley Temple Cupcakes

With spring and summer entertaining in full swing I’ve been trying to come up with fun, crowd pleasing recipes. During a recent trip to Walmart I was picking up some baking supplies and threw in a jar of Maraschino cherries. My kids love cherries and cherry-flavor anything so for a recent Kentucky Derby party, I whipped up these adorable Shirley Temple cupcakes featuring Cherry 7UP® and maraschino cherries. And let me tell you, these light, flavorful cakes were the hit of the party!

Walmart has you covered for all of your baking needs.

I don’t think there is a kid alive who doesn’t love cupcakes. My kids are always asking for me to bake them and love helping in the kitchen. Our regular baking days mean that I constantly need a pantry refresh. And I always shop at Walmart when I’m in need of a restock. They have the best prices and selection on all of my baking essentials so that we can create fun recipes like these Shirley Temple cupcakes anytime. 

I wanted the cherry flavor to really be the star of the show so I went all in, adding both Cherry 7UP and maraschino cherries to both the cake and the frosting. Not only does it impart a light and sweet flavor, but it also provides the perfect pink coloring to the frosting.

I even added a maraschino cherry to the center of each cupcake! Such a fun surprise when you take a bite.

adorable shirley temple cupcakes with maraschino cherries and cherry 7up

And who knew Cherry 7Up could be so versatile! It’s crisp, refreshing flavor lended itself perfectly to this recipe. And the leftover soda was the perfect addition to the kids’ punch that I also concocted with the Cherry 7Up and lemonade that I also picked up on our Walmart run.

adorable shirley temple cupcakes with maraschino cherries and cherry 7up

adorable shirley temple cupcakes with maraschino cherries and cherry 7up

adorable shirley temple cupcakes with maraschino cherries and cherry 7up

adorable shirley temple cupcakes with maraschino cherries and cherry 7up

As I mentioned, I purchased all of my ingredients at Walmart, as they tend to have the best prices on 7UP products as well as any baking supplies I needed to pick up for these adorable cupcakes. And this recipe can be enjoyed year-round. (How cute would these be for Valentine’s Day?!)

Shirley Temple Cupcakes
Yield: 18 cupcakes
  • 1 (15.25oz.) box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cup 7UP Cherry
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • red food coloring
  • 18 Maraschino cherries, stemless
  • 1 cup (2 sticks/8oz) salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 cups (1lb) powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar), sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon 7UP Cherry
  • 2-3 tablespoons Maraschino cherry juice  
  • 18 maraschino cherries with stems and stripey straws, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with 18 baking cups. Beat cake mix, 7UP, oil, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl at low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase to medium speed, beating for 2 minutes.
Set aside about 1/3 of batter in a small bowl. Add a few drops of red food coloring and stir until fully combined. Spoon the red batter evenly between the baking cups and place a stemless cherry in the center. Gently scoop the rest of the batter on top. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
Beat the softened butter until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, almond flavor, 7UP, cherry juice and a drop of red food coloring, beating until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Frost completely cooled cupcakes with a swirl of the cherry frosting. Top with a cherry and stripey straw. Remove baking cups before serving.

Thank you so much for reading! Follow this link for more simple summer recipes using 7UP!

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