These homemade Vanilla Cherry Pie Cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate any party. The surprise cherry center will make everyone smile when they find it.
Do you long for the lazy days of summer? It's been so long since we have actually had a summer with absolutely nothing to do.
I remember when our kids were little, and we would look forward to summer time because it meant nothing but pool days and park fun.
Then our kids started getting older, we changed jobs, started a new business, and realized that summer is really just another season with more things to do.
Now don't get me wrong. There are still plenty of lazy days basking in the sun at the pool, going for a drive to get milkshakes, or making a frozen salted caramel mocha hot chocolate at home.
But those fun things are scattered among baseball practice, soccer practice, dance classes, church activities, and work time. And don't forget about trying to get quiet time, work out time and baking in between all the running around.
I'm feeling a nap come on just thinking about all of it.
This week we are getting things together for my husband to lead a team into Haiti for another pastor's conference. (You can read about the Haiti Pastor's conference and the lessons I learned from my trip to Haiti if you are interested.)
Plus, two of our kids will be celebrating their birthdays while he is gone, so we have a special birthday dinner for our family before he leaves. I should probably finish the food for that...
And then just when I thought baseball was over, our youngest got chosen for the All Stars baseball team, so more practices and games just went on the next few week's schedule. I am super excited for him though.
One of the ways I like to relax is by spending time in my kitchen baking fun treats.
This homemade cupcake recipe is perfect for hiding pie filling in the center. I used a can of cherry pie filling, but you could absolutely use your favorite kind. Lemon curd, chocolate pudding, hot fudge...the filling ideas are endless! What would you fill yours with?
Since this is a cherry pie cupcake, I added some pie crust shapes to it. Use one refrigerated pie crust and cut shapes out. Sprinkle the shapes with cinnamon sugar and bake. Stars are great for the 4th of July, but you could do any small shape to go with your theme parties.
Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking
These cupcakes look fabulous Jocelyn!! Those adorable stars are the perfect touch, and that fluffy frosting and sprinkles... Absolutely divine. 🙂 I remember those lazy summer days -- they were the best! Sleeping in, lounging by the pool, random dessert parties with friends, picnics in the backyard... Where did the time go?? So happy for you that you've been able to sneak in some pool days though. You definitely deserve the relaxation with how hard you work!!
I wish I would of had time to make these for the 4th. We had so much family in town from Africa (my husband's relatives are missionaries and are in the states on furlough) and we had just gotten back from a family reunion. These look so good I might just have to make them without any of the patriotic stuff. 🙂
This sounds delicious and I love the cherry surprise center! Very nice and definitely festive!
these are great for the 4th of july. all your filled cupcakes look amazing!
Thanks Dina! 😉
Super adorable cupcakes! Love that cherry filling in the middle. Pinning :0)
These cupcakes are gorgeous Jocelyn! Love the cherry filling surprise inside - pinned 🙂 Summers definitely feel more hectic - love when we have lazy days and weekends 🙂
Love the cherry inside! Yum! What a great summer cupcake!
Festive and fun. Love cherry and vanilla together.
Pinning for sure.
Have a great weekend Jocelyn!
Thanks Melanie! 🙂
Alexis @ Upside Down Pear
I need one of these cupcakes right now!! I can't believe how fast this summer is going by. We waited the entire (and extremely loooong) winter just for this moment and now it's running away! The perfect day would just to have one of these while sitting around the pool!
Love the colors! cupcakes are so cute and pretty
Thank you Manuella! 🙂
These are absolutely gorgeous. I love the surprise cherry inside. Pinned.
My boys are 5 and 3 and I'm JUST getting into the sports craziness - my oldest starts "big boy soccer" in a few weeks, yikes! These cupcakes are seriously making my mouth water right now, yum!!
Awwww, yay for big boy soccer! 😉 Thanks Kelly!