Do these cupcakes look familiar to you?  If so, that’s because I’ve posted them before.  But here they are again with an improved recipe.  Black forest is a classic flavor combination that just works so well together – chocolate cake, cherry filling and whipped cream frosting.  The first time I posted these cupcakes the cherry filling was not a reliable recipe, and it has been nagging at me ever since.  This time I attempted to find a better filling and good news – I found one!  I considered a version made with fresh cherries but in the end I decided to go with something using frozen cherries so these can be made year round without breaking the bank.  I’ve also swapped out the previous cake recipe for my favorite chocolate cupcake base because it is sturdier, making it easier to fill and also easier to eat.  Now I’m much happier with this recipe and I hope you’ll try the new and improved version!

Now, the part I’m most excited about – a very unique giveaway!  Several months ago I was contacted by a painter living nearby in my hometown.  She wanted to know if she could use some of the photos from my blog as subjects for her paintings.  I have loved art my whole life and attended numerous art camps as a little girl.  It seemed like fate that she was living in my beloved hometown so I could not have been more excited about this idea.  A few months later, I got to see the results available for ordering on her website.  Her work is truly beautiful.  Such a cool idea!  She graciously offered me a print for myself, as well as one to give away to a reader.  It was tough to choose which I wanted but the photo of these black forest cupcakes has always been one of my favorites so it won out in the end.  Would you like to win a large canvas print of black forest cupcakes from the talented Sarah Wain?  Well, here is your chance!  To enter the giveaway, please visit Sarah’s site and then leave a comment on this entry telling me which of her works is your favorite (and no, it doesn’t have to be one from my site!)

The Rules: One entry per person, U.S. residents only.  Commenting will close on Monday, June 13 at 10:00 pm, EST.  Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered.  One winner will be chosen at random and announced next week.  Good luck!