Sunday, July 1, 2018

With a Cherry on Top!

For those who stopped by to visit my Garden Post 
last week, I promised that I'd share the 
recipe for these delicious treats.

 I tried something "new to me" in the sun garden this spring.
If you missed the Garden Party post on these tall feathery, 
colorful plants, you can view the post here.

Fresh cherries are currently in abundance 
in the grocery stores here in Austin, and for me, are
the perfect healthy snack for these hot summer days.

 We keep a bowl of fresh cherries in the refrigerator,
and I find myself frequently popping one or two 
in my mouth throughout the day.

I read that a cup of raw cherries with the pits is
roughly 90 calories, and an excellent souce of fiber.

Vanilla Coconut Cherry Cupcakes
Now these are a different story!

I've no idea how many calories are in one of these tasty treats, 
but when you read the recipe you'll see that they aren't low cal.

You can find the recipe here 
@ a favorite blog, Food Finessa.

Made with eight egg whites, the cake is light and fluffy,
and the cherry buttercream icing is as they say,
" The Cherry On Top!"

 Well worth the splurge!
Serve with a glass of ice cold lemonade,
and you have the perfect summer indulgence.

 I'm still enjoying the pretty blooms
from the sun garden.

And will continue to savor the fresh cherries
 as long as they are available.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. To me, cherries are like peanuts...if you have one you have to have more! The cupcakes look absolutely delicious. I can imagine the egg whites would make them fluffy...but not as 'lite' as we wish! I really enjoyed seeing how you had your table arranged with the pretty cake plate and cool lemonade!

    Have a wonderful holiday. I have gads of company coming Saturday. I really hope my daughters take over for me!


  2. Sarah,
    Your cherry cupcakes look divine. I was so happy to see this post pop up in my blog list. It is blistering hot here with more heat forecast. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.


  3. Total deliciousness, dear Sarah, loc]ve all your beautiful flowers and pretty vignettes. I was one of those who asked for the recipe but since the SP and I have decided to try the 5:2 diet plan (starting today) I don't think these gorgeous looking cupcakes will be appearing in our kitchen any time soon.
    Have a wonderful week.

  4. Oh my, Sarah, I know those must taste as good as they look, and they look fabulous! I love cherry and coconut both. Thanks for sharing and showing them off so well!

  5. Sarah, the gorgeous cupcakes have to be mouth watering with the first bite. I love using the MC cupcake cups, they make making cupcakes fun. Pretty vignette set on the patio....
    Have a wonderful Fourth.......

  6. Those cupcakes do look wonderful! You have styled them beautifully with your MC pieces. Such a lovely and inviting vignette.

  7. So much pretty everywhere!I always wondered if it was a refelection in the dome or painted on..Love it!

  8. Sarah..all of a sudden..on my Reading List.. a few of your past posts have arrived all at once..did anyone else have this glitch? No news and then they all pop up? Fun to catch up..Magnolias..Iris(♥)..etc..Cosmos..pulling our I just did that..etc..Hae a great week!

  9. Sarah your garden is amazing and beautiful. These treats sound so good who cares. One has to splurge and I eat cherries like crazy.

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Fourth 🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷


  10. Oh goodness Sarah the cherries are making my mouth water!! And the cupcakes sound divine! I love all your pretty MKC vignettes too... I hope you have a fabulous 4th and celebrate with a cherry cupcake!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing the link to that food blog. I have never seen it before, but I subscribed. I saw several things immediately that I know we would like. Your photos are gorgeous, too. And we too keep a bowl of cherries in the fridge. They are rather addictive, aren't they? One could have a worse habit, though

  12. I'm so glad I just ate some cherries before I read this! heehee! I ate mine with cottage cheese and they were very yummy. You took some wonderful photos of your treats!

  13. Sarah, those cherry cupcakes look heavenly and are presented with such style! Thank you for sharing the link to a blog I wasn’t familiar with! Have a wonderful Independence Day!

  14. Dearest Sarah,
    So happy that your blog posts are showing up once again on my blog's side line! We never know what all is going on with Blogger...
    LOVE cherries and they are very healthy, especially for me due to my gout attack on May 17. I've learned what to eat and what to avoid. Sweets and alcohol are an absolute no-no as they cause another flare up.
    But pure they are best! Don't know what the meaning is of a cup of raw cherries with the pits being 90 calories, roughly. Who would eat the pits?!
    Lovely photos and you have quite some lovely flowers from the garden too.
    Sending you hugs,

  15. I love fresh cherries. There is a bowl on the table and more in the fridge. They are in season such a short time that it's imperative to enjoy them while they are fresh. Those cupcakes look sensational! A real treat.

  16. Sarah, Your beautiful handpainted cake dome and CC pieces are the cherry on top! What a feast for the eyes and the cupcakes look delicious too. ♥

  17. Between the cupcakes, the cherries, and the beautiful MC pieces it is all so sweet!! In more ways than one!! Such beautiful photos of special little spot beneath the tree!! Such an indulgence is a treat💕

  18. I love Comos they are such a pretty flowers....i love Cherries and can eat a whole bag in no time. The cupcakes looks so good and thanks for sharing the recipe link! Happy 4th!

  19. We have been enjoying the English cherries at the moment too, although I am not so good at popping only one or two in my mouth, such a summer delight! Nor, would I be any good at resisting your gorgeous cupcakes - put the kettle on, I'm coming over!
    Wren x

  20. You got me with that tablecloth. Luv it

    Have a good week


  21. I am so in ahhhhhhhhh of all your beautiful Mackenzie Child's and those cup cakes look so good to a sugar alcoholic, ME

  22. This looks just divine! I'm a cherry fan. Here in Michigan it's sweet cherry season and I love those big black sweet cherries -- just as they are! I know I should do something creative with them but by the time I get done picking through the bag there isn't enough. This looks so delicious and your serving table so fresh and pretty.

  23. Oh my Sarah, what a darling post. Of course, I am loving all of your MK pieces. The cupcakes look so pretty and they sounds delicious. I love a light fluffy cake. Cherries are so yummy. Love how you topped the cupcakes with a cherry on top. Have a lovely 4th.

  24. Hi Sarah! Your cupcakes and flowers look divine, and I would certainly enjoy one in your lovely outdoor area. You style everything you do with such beauty and grace. Happy 4th of July to you and your Chef!

  25. We too are enjoying tasty cherries. My favorites are Rainiers and they do no disappoint this year.

  26. We love cherries at our house and usually end up eating several pounds a week while they are in season. My hubby can eat a pound in one setting! The season is so short, I try to enjoy them while they are available. Dianne

  27. love the cherry table! I've had a few handfuls of cherries today!


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