Under the Cherry Blossoms~ A Family Picnic with Black Cherry Cupcakes

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The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom now, and my family has been wanting to do something fun. So today we went down to DC for a picnic beneath the cherry blossoms.

These were everyone's favorite treat to eat {see the end of post for the recipe}.

But these are what we came to see.

We all enjoyed our festive meal under the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin.

Cherry Blossom Picnic Menu

~Cherry Chicken Salad with Croissants~
a simple mixture of rotisserie chicken, chopped dried cherries and mayonnaise

~Mincemeat Pies~
seasoned browned ground beef with dried fruit and sweet young peas baked in single serve pie crusts, brushed with an egg wash

~Spring Vegetable Pasta Salad~
fusilli pasta with your favorite vinaigrette tossed with frozen peas, fresh steamed asparagus pieces, green onions and shredded carrots

~Festive Leaf Lettuce Salad~
a bunch of leaf lettuce with sweet dried cherries, crumbled feta and an easy vinaigrette {1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup grape seed oil, 1 tsp thyme, 2 tablespoons of honey}

~Black Cherry Cupcakes~
pureed sweet black cherries make these an extra special treat {see below for recipe}

~Pink Lemonade and Sweet Iced Tea~

Black Cherry Cupcakes Recipe

from Schweet 'n' Savory
For the Cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup Raw Can Sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup pureed, frozen black cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla, and 1 cup of the black cherry puree; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add the eggs and mix until just blended.

With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk mixture; mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream Frosting for 12 Cupcakes
1 stick of butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 ounces heavy whipping cream

Whip butter until light and fluffy. Slowly mix in powdered sugar; blend well. Add salt and vanilla; blend. Scrape sides of bowl. With mixer on low speed, add whipping cream and increase speed to medium high; beat for 2 minutes.

Fill pastry bag with frosting and ice cupcakes. Embellish with sprinkles.


  1. Those are beautiful cupcakes! oh wow!

  2. How beautiful! I hope to get my family down there too - before they fly off the trees!!! Fun day!

  3. Anonymous7:58 AM


    All that food looks so delicious. You are so amazing. Miss you guys! Merry

  4. Amanda~ Happy to have pleased your eyes!

    Rindy~ That is how I was feeling; so we went yesterday even though it was cloudy and a bit chilly. We had a terrific time, though.

    Merry~ Thanks! We really miss all of you, too; Adam especially misses Sam.

  5. Wow - I want to come on a picnic with you!! A delicious sounding menu. And to enjoy the cherry blossoms (I can only imagine) -- we are still in the midst of what seems to be a winter with no end.

  6. What a wonderful day. You are an amazing woman and mom.

  7. What a beautiful family!! And a beautiful spring day.

  8. Blackcherry Cupcakes? Yum! And, I love your hanami party menu. Too cool. I have a cupcake lover in the family and they are definitely getting this recipe.


  9. Monica~ We did not have tons of snow, but we have had lots of what seems endless, cold weather. I was happy to get out and enjoy the sight of spring.

    Joie and Debbie~ Thank you for the sweet words!

    Will~ The cupcakes are truly delicious, a treat that should not be reserved for Cherry Blossom Festival!


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