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Nanking Cherry Cupcakes

Many backyard trees in Manitoba produce the tart Nanking cherries,
which add a zing of local flavour to this celebratory cupcake.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour, plus 1 tsp
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Nanking cherries

Heat oven to 350˚F. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, then milk and flavourings. Stir in sifted dry ingredients (less 1 tsp flour) until just incorporated. Toss cherries with 1 tsp flour. Gently stir into mixture. Spoon into lined muffin tins. Bake 15-25 min until toothpick comes out clean. Frost with your favourite icing.

Yield 18 cupcakes

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