Cherry Muffins

by | Dec 8, 2015 | 11 comments

Cherry Muffins - Cook Republic

I love Christmas mornings. It is the one time in the year that I don’t detest waking up at the crack of dawn. We are usually awake just before 5:00am, teeth brushed, face scrubbed and curtains about to be drawn open when a note slides under our bedroom door from the boys who we have been hearing whisper quite loudly for the past few minutes. A little impromptu Christmas sketch of a beardless skinny Santa with big teeth and a few lines of scribbles wishing us Merry Christmas and informing us that they are awake and waiting for us to open their presents. We open the door and all hell breaks loose. This is our ritual. Every year.

And that is why I bake a batch of little something sweet, but not too sweet. Something that has a festive ring to it and will make waking up at that hour more bearable. Something that can be enjoyed by all. The boys, as they read cards and open presents. And us curled up on the couch watching them, as we hug our coffee and tea mugs letting the steam jump start our brains. This year, it will be these Cherry muffins.

Cherry Muffins - Cook Republic

Cherry Muffins - Cook RepublicBuilt off a basic lemon zest spiked muffin base, these little treats are baked with unrefined sugar and studded with big juicy plump red pitted cherries that I bring back by the bucket from our local farmer’s market on Thursdays and often freeze or dehydrate for salads and desserts. The cherries come from the Young district in NSW and are seriously good with no scrimping on the red flesh and only tiny seeds. Young is based in country NSW and is fondly known as the Cherry Capital of Australia, quite rightfully so since 60% of Australian grown cherries come from this region.

Home to many spectacular stone fruit orchards, cherries were first grown in Young in the 1860s at the height of the gold mining boom. Plump cherries like these are excellent in baking recipes. My favourite is the Cherry Clafoutis and this Yoghurt Cake With Wine Steeped Cherries but these muffins are very dear to my heart too. To make these gluten-free, try subbing the regular flour with mostly amaranth flour and a bit of almond meal. Works a treat!


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4 from 1 vote
Beautiful lemon spiked muffins bursting with plump, juicy, red seasonal cherries are just perfect for that Christmas morning pick-me-up with your cup of coffee as you smile all bleary-eyed at being woken up way too early by excited squeals under the Christmas tree. This muffin is adapted from leila Lindholm's gorgeous baking tome - A Piece Of Cake.
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Course // Breakfast, Muffin
Cuisine // Christmas, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 2 organic eggs
  • 140 g golden caster sugar, unrefined
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder/extract
  • 100 g salted butter, melted
  • 200 ml milk
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 240 g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 20 large cherries, pitted
  • icing sugar, for dusting


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Line 10 holes of a standard size muffin tin with paper cases.
  • Place eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until pale and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla, butter, milk and lemon gently with a wooden spoon.
  • Add flour, baking powder and salt to the wet mix. Fold in gently with a spoon until just combined.
  • Spoon batter into the paper cases until each is two thirds full. Push two cherries down the middle of each paper case.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for approximately 20 minutes until well-risen, cooked through and turning golden on top.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, dust with icing sugar and enjoy.
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  1. Alicia M

    as usual Sneh, another beautiful post. Always a treat.. xx

  2. erin

    Beautiful post! I have such vivid memories of Christmas morning as a kid. Hopefully your kids will have the same when they’re grown up!


  3. Rosa

    Delightful little muffins! Cherries are gorgeous fruits, but I rarely bake with them… Will have to remediate that situation soon.



  4. Susan Peeples

    2 stars
    Cherries are out of season. I’m mystified.

    • JH

      This is an Australian blog?? Cherries are very much in season and incredibly delicious right now…

    • Stacey

      This recipe looks wonderful, gives me an extra excuse to buy more cherries now that they are in season here in Australia 🙂

    • Sneh

      5 stars
      Susan, this is an Australian blog and Cherries are very much in season here (I also mention in this very post :-))

  5. Maree johnson

    5 stars
    What is golden caster sugar please

    • Sneh

      Maree – Golden caster sugar is a fine granulated sugar that is made from unrefined sugar cane. If you can’t find it, you can sub with regular caster sugar or just raw sugar.

  6. Carole from Carole's Chatter

    Hi Sneh! This is great. I hope you bring it over to Food on Friday: Cherries & Almonds. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  7. Akash singh

    4 stars
    this recipe is very simple to make and i will try to make it
    thank you
    Akash singh


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