Starward Manhattan Cherry Cupcakes: Recipe



starward manhattan cherry cupcakes



starward manhattan cherry cupcakes



RECIPES | Starward recently released Red Manhattan, a bottled cocktails that combines Starward singe grain whisky matured in Australian red wine barrels with native botanicals and bitters. The result is a drink that’s rich in flavours of dark stone fruits, vanilla and cherries . We were sent a bottle by the folks at Starward and decided to have some fun with it by creating a Cherry Syrup Cupcake recipe.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes / Baking Time: 15-20 minutes / Makes: 9 cupcakes


  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs (~56g each)
  • 20ml full cream milk
  • 50 ml Maraschino cherry liquid
  • 4g baking powder
  • 18 Maraschino cherries
  • 30ml Starward Red Manhattan


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C fan forced.
  2. Place the butter, sugar and 20ml of Maraschino cherry liquid into a bowl and whisk until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and milk and whisk until the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  4. Roughly chop half of the cherries and mix them into the wet ingredients.
  5. Sift the flour and baking powder into the wet ingredients and gently mix until the batter is thoroughly combined.
  6. Evenly divide the batter into nine cupcake liners and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool.
  8. While the cupcakes are cooling, place the remaining Maraschino cherry liquid and the Starward Red Manhattan into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  9. Remove the liquid from the heat and lightly brush it onto the top of the cupcakes.
  10. Place a cherry on top of the cupcakes and serve with a Starward Red Manhattan cocktail.


To check if the cupcake is cooked, place a skewer into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean the cupcake is ready.



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