Cherry Vanilla & Cream Cheese Cupcakes for Two

I had cream cheese frosting left over from Red Velvet cupcakes I made last week. Every time I saw opened the refrigerator I could here it whispering, “Eat Me. I’m your favorite.” Something had to be done, but what? I couldn’t throw it away. That would be some kind of crime against cupcakes everywhere. Eating it by the spoonful wasn’t an option or was it? I did go cross country skiing this afternoon and I ate a late breakfast and didn’t eat lunch. These thoughts actually went through my head before I was reminded that I’m in the midst of a “biggest loser” competition. Frosting by the spoonful was not going to get me any closer to that $450.

Then I remembered that I had bookmarked a recipe from How Sweet It Is that made 2  vanilla cupcakes. Even better all the mixing is done by hand and only one bowl is used. YAY to not having a lot of dishes to clean. I ended up cutting the batter in half and adding some cherry juice to one portion. I wanted to try out a zebra stripe technique I had read about a while ago and decided this would be a good time.

The stripes in this cupcake aren’t very zebra like. Of course, one of the other two cupcakes had very good “zebra” stripes but I discovered that as it was being eaten (not by me). If you want to try the zebra stripe technique here’s what you do:

Prepare your batter, divide in half and add food color to one half of the batter. Then spoon one tablespoon of the vanilla batter into the cupcake liners & gently shake the pan to even the batter. Add a tablespoon of the colored batter into the center of the vanilla batter & gently shake the pan. Alternating colors keep adding batter by the tablespoon into the center of the liners until about 2/3 full. It will resemble a dart board when done.

Here is the recipe to make 2 cherry vanilla cupcakes in one bowl without the stripes. If you want to do the stripes divide the batter in half and add cherry juice to just one half of the batter.

Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

Yield: 2-3 cupcakes

This recipe is perfect if you want to make a quick treat for 2 people.


1 egg white

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon cherry juice

1/4 cup flour

1/4 heaping teaspoon baking powder

pinch salt

1 1/2 Tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk egg white and sugar together until combined.
  3. Stir in butter and vanilla until mixed.
  4. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until smooth.
  5. Add milk and stir until combined.
  6. Divide batter in half.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool on wire rack before frosting.

Recipe adapted from /

Hope you enjoy.



    • DJ says:

      If there had been more than 3 cupcakes to decorate I may have gone a different route with the sprinkles:) I will definitely join your link party on Friday. Thanks so much for the invite!

    • DJ says:

      Thanks for hosting Cray Sweet Tuesday! Dessert for two is the best thing I’ve come across in a while. As much as i love to bake; it’s probably not the best thing to have a counter stocked with cupcakes & cookies. If you haven’t already you should check out Her site is full of recipes for 2 that look delicious.

    • DJ says:

      Thanks for the invite. I just submitted to the spotlight. What a great idea. I will be spending some time checking out the other submissions.

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  2. Amy says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing these pretty cupcakes with ‘Decorating Challenge’ event….I am going to bookmark the recipe as it is difficult to find the recipe for 2.

  3. Jamia says:

    I already know I am going to love these BUT so will my 2 sons. Have you figured out how to make this recipe to make a dozen cupcakes?

    • Dawn says:

      I havent figured out how to make it into a dozen yet. I really wish I could because I’ve done these with just vanilla and they are REALLY good. I’ve been searching for a good vanilla recipe for a long time with no success.

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