I developed this recipe after being unable to find a recipe for cherry cupcakes that sounded good to me. I wanted something simple and tasty. I was very pleased with this result. I think I will coat the "dropped" cherries with flour next time in an attempt to suspend them in the center of the cupcake instead of having them drop to the bottom. Even though the cherries dropped, they added a nice touch to the cupcakes.
I used a new recipe for "Special Buttercream Frosting" that I found on www.allrecipes.com, but I modified that, too. Instead of all shortening, I used half shortening and half butter and increased the amount of whipping cream.
The reviews were pretty spectacular, so I think this cupcake recipe is a keeper!
(These cupcakes were made for a little girl on my caseload. She just turned four and was recently reunited with her family, so I took three cupcakes to her house when I did my monthly visit. They seemed to appreciate it.)