Do these cupcakes look familiar to you?  If so, that’s because I’ve posted them before.  But here they are again with an improved recipe.  Black forest is a classic flavor combination that just works so well together – chocolate cake, cherry filling and whipped cream frosting.  The first time I posted these cupcakes the cherry filling was not a reliable recipe, and it has been nagging at me ever since.  This time I attempted to find a better filling and good news – I found one!  I considered a version made with fresh cherries but in the end I decided to go with something using frozen cherries so these can be made year round without breaking the bank.  I’ve also swapped out the previous cake recipe for my favorite chocolate cupcake base because it is sturdier, making it easier to fill and also easier to eat.  Now I’m much happier with this recipe and I hope you’ll try the new and improved version!

Now, the part I’m most excited about – a very unique giveaway!  Several months ago I was contacted by a painter living nearby in my hometown.  She wanted to know if she could use some of the photos from my blog as subjects for her paintings.  I have loved art my whole life and attended numerous art camps as a little girl.  It seemed like fate that she was living in my beloved hometown so I could not have been more excited about this idea.  A few months later, I got to see the results available for ordering on her website.  Her work is truly beautiful.  Such a cool idea!  She graciously offered me a print for myself, as well as one to give away to a reader.  It was tough to choose which I wanted but the photo of these black forest cupcakes has always been one of my favorites so it won out in the end.  Would you like to win a large canvas print of black forest cupcakes from the talented Sarah Wain?  Well, here is your chance!  To enter the giveaway, please visit Sarah’s site and then leave a comment on this entry telling me which of her works is your favorite (and no, it doesn’t have to be one from my site!)

The Rules: One entry per person, U.S. residents only.  Commenting will close on Monday, June 13 at 10:00 pm, EST.  Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered.  One winner will be chosen at random and announced next week.  Good luck!


For the cupcakes:
½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
½ cup hot water
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1½ cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2½ tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup sour cream, at room temperature

For the cherry filling:
16 oz. frozen cherries, thawed*
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. kirsch (optional)

For the frosting:
1½ cups heavy cream, chilled
6 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For garnish:
Fresh (or maraschino) cherries, with stems
Chocolate shavings


  • 01

    To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line standard cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and hot water until smooth.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  • 02

    In a medium saucepan, combine the butter and the sugar over medium heat.  Heat, stirring occasionally to combine, until the butter is melted.  Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Beat on medium-low speed, 4-5 minutes, until the mixture is cooled.  Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed and beating well after each addition.  Mix in the vanilla and then the cocoa mixture and beat until incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed add in the dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, beating just until combined.

  • 03

    Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling them about ¾ of the way full.  Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating the pans halfway through baking.  Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • 04

    To make the filling, drain the thawed berries, reserving the juice in a liquid measuring cup.  Add enough water so that the total liquid equals 1¼ cups.  Add the liquid to a medium saucepan with the sugar and cornstarch.  Heat over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken.  Continue whisking so no lumps form.  Once thickened, remove from the heat and whisk in the lemon juice.  Fold in the drained cherries with a spatula.  Stir in the kirsch, if using.  Cover and chill until ready to use.  (The filling will continue to thicken as it chills.)

  • 05

    To fill the cupcakes, use the cone method to remove a portion from the center of each cupcake.  Fill each with a spoonful of the cherry filling.

  • 06

    To make the whipped cream frosting, add the heavy cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Start beating on medium-low speed, slowly increasing as the cream begins to thicken up to medium-high speed.  While the cream is being whipped, gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar a spoonful at a time.  Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.  (Be careful not to overbeat!)  Fold in the vanilla extract.

  • 07

    Frost the filled cupcakes with the whipped cream.  (I used a pastry bag fitted with an Ateco #809 tip.) Garnish as desired with cherries and chocolate shavings.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • 08

    *Note: You can use either tart or sweet cherries for this filling depending on your personal tastes and what is available to you.  Feel free to adjust the sugar as needed to achieve your desired level of sweetness or tartness in the filling.  I used tart cherries and the amount of sugar indicated.


  • Siunna

    These look absolutely delish! I wish I was one of your co-workers too!

  • Girl, you gotta stop with these cupcake variations. I’m dying over here – they look great!

  • Liz

    Those cupcakes look absolutely delicious! If you ever decide to give up medicine you should open up your own bakery. I’d buy one of everything :-)

  • I have wanted to try a black forest recipe for a while. The look beautiful and I am sure your co-workers just love you!

  • christiana

    I’ve made a variation of this cupcake, but I wasn’t fancy and just used cherry pie filling (blasphemy, I know). It actually worked pretty well……. the cupcake had the perfect texture, and it definitely had that cherry taste.

  • If they were any prettier we wouldn’t want to eat them!

  • You’re probably too harsh on yourself…then again I might eat just about anything if the topping looked like that! Gorgeous

  • Chocolate and cherries- two of my favorite things! I want to try the Guiness and Bailey’s cupcakes first {beer+alcohol+cake=Irish love!} but these run a close second. They are so cute!

  • WOW these look absolutely perfect! Yummm

  • joan

    Here’s what I would do: Use canned cherry pie filling (regular or light) for the middles. The tartness of the cherries might add a little something to the balance of the flavors. I love your blog and visit it nearly every day. You are one amazing woman!

  • How beautiful, Annie!! I love black forest. Love this version of cupcake!

  • Annie,
    Your photography is amazing! I have tried and tried to perfect my photography, but everytime I see yours it makes me envious! Do you have any secrets.

  • Annie, these look incredible!! I tried your Royal Icing over Christmas and it turned out pretty good for my first try! I can see why you love it the more you work with it.

    Oh, and who won the Baking Illustrated contest?! I didn’t see a post about it, and was curious.

    Love your blog!!

  • Dang, you know how to make cupcakes! I am positively drooling.

  • Annie

    Yes, cherry pie filling is of course an option. I was going for something more homemade with less artificial ingredients. I just love fresh cherries!

  • Annie

    Hi Sophie,
    Glad the royal icing was successful! Believe me, it gets easier every time. I posted the giveaway winner just before Christmas here.

  • These are so beautiful! I can’t get over how fabulous these look! Great post!

  • nutmegnanny

    Even if the cherry filling didn’t firm up they look divine. I bet they tasted delicious too :)

  • Annie those are so pretty! Great job!!


    Dear Annie,
    You Really Enlighten My day when i see your posts, i open my feeds everyday just to check if you post, despite of having tons of food blogs, but you are really special, thanks for your effort and Great Taste.

  • They’re gorgeous! Love them!


  • Erin

    Looks so yummy! Great photography too!

  • These look incredible!!! I might have to try them one day; I may just try to whip cream and cherry on top because that’s look yummy all on its own.

  • Sounds like a lot of work, but I’ll bet it’s worth it. They came out just beautiful!

  • These look fantastic!!

  • These look fabulous! What a great picture.

  • van

    i have made another version of black forest cupcakes but mine had a cream cheese and used the cherry pie filling. nothing from scratch since that was when i was first learning how to bake from scratch. it used a cake mix batter and then actually the cream cheese mixture and cherry pie filling before i top it off with more cake batter and baking it all. everyone loved it though and people still want more of it to this day.

  • Black forest cake is my fave, so I’m sure I’d love these! Can’t wait to see if you find another filling recipe:)

  • amy

    very very pretty cupcakes. i “supervised” a friend at mine when she wanted to make a blackforest cake for her bf and no amount of insisting on my part would make her change her mind on making cupcakes instead of a whole cake. if i showed her yours then, it might have probably changed her mind! :P

  • An edible work of art!!! Beautiful, my favorite cake just happen to be Black forest!!!

  • black forest is a true classic and so delicious! lovely cupcakes – i’m loving how simply you’ve piped on the frosting. i need to perfect my own cupcake frosting some time. it’s never that neat! :)

  • I love chocolate Cherry anything!! I think I will make these for our beach party tonight!

  • These look delicious! My mom makes a chocolate cherry cake that I die over every time. I have to try these!

  • I love this cupcake! Black forrest is one of my favourite cakes.

  • These are gorgeous! I must try these.

  • Amanda Poninski

    Annie – I have never heard of espresso powder before…can you tell me, is it instant coffee, or something else? Can you tell me what section in the market you normally find it?
    I am going to try to make this today :) My son (3 years) is absolutly ecstatic!!

  • Annie

    Hi Amanda,
    Espresso powder is not the same thing as instant coffee. It is used to make espresso, which is different than coffee. I can’t find it at my normal grocery store and usually buy it at either The Fresh Market or Williams Sonoma. If you can’t get any, try Google for a substitute. It is a nice thing to have around though. It’s used in a lot of chocolate recipes to help intensify the chocolate flavor.

  • Amanda Poninski

    Thank you!! I will do that :)

  • Stacey

    The cherry filling looks similar to a strawberry filling that I use to make a strawberries & cream cupcake except that my recipe also has cornstarch in it to thicken it. If it needs a little stronger cherry flavor, add some cherry extract. Just a couple ideas. I think I’m going to make these cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. They look absolutely delicious!

  • Stacey

    Sorry, I didn’t read the directions for the filling, just read the ingredients. LOL. My strawberry filling is cooked until it thickens. I’m not sure how fresh cherries would cook, but I still think I’m going to try it just for a thicker filling.

  • Meg

    I MUST TRY THESE SOON! My father recently bought boxes and boxes of cherries and I’ve been searching for something a cupcake recipe that was complete and one that used FRESH cherries (not the usual ones that use jams & etc!) and couldn’t find one that I really liked. And without deliberately finding for it in your site (I was merely checking for your updates!), I found this. Excellent!!!!!! Will try these out really soon! :)

  • Meg

    I’ll prolly try finding a different recipe for the filling because of the comments you said.. but finding a filling for this won’t be hard. So yes, thanks a lot! :D

  • These look fabulous! I’ll have to put them on my to-bake list! Great pic. too!

  • nikki

    Lindsay’s “ooey gooey sweet” concoction might be the answer to your cherry filling dilemma…

  • Annie

    Hi DaisyCakes,
    No secrets, just practice, practice, practice! Also, careful observation of other food photos you like. Analyze them and figure out what it is that makes it good, and then try to apply those principles in your own photography.

  • Nessie

    Wow love your blog! Your baking looks totally professional :) This might be a really silly question but how do you get your frosting to look like that? Do you use a tip and if so, which tip and what’s your technique? Thanks heaps!

  • Annie

    Hi Nessie,
    I use a pastry bag to get my frosting to look nice. It makes a huge difference in the presentation of cupcakes. And if you look above, in the earlier comments, I explained exactly which tip I used for this particular cupcake.

  • Hey, these cupcakes look really amazing! I love the recipe too!
    Your blog is great :-)

    Best wishes, Irina

  • Nikki

    I made these this weekend for my brother’s graduation and what a great recipe! The chocolate cake and whipped cream frosting paired perfectly. I also decided to take your advice and just cut up a few cherries to add to the middle and sprinkle some maraschino juice. The cherry taste was right on. I also made vanilla cupcakes and used your vanilla buttercream. Thank you! I have been searching for a good buttercream frosting and yours is exactly what I have been searching for.

  • First I would like to thank you for all the wonderful recipes. You have made cooking and baking fun for my wife and me, so I would like to thank you for that wonderful gift. Not to mention your cupcake recipes have made us a huge hit at dinner parties and BBQs. I have one friend who does not care for sweets. He is a big fan of sour or tart deserts. Do you have any recommendations from one of your recipes? These Black Forest cupcakes were amazing everyone loved them. Thank you, Thank you. I tell everyone about your website.

  • Annie

    Hi Eric,
    First of all, thank you for the sweet comment. I love knowing my blog is enjoyed by others and I’m glad I am helping make cooking and baking fun for you guys! As for the dessert recommendation, it’s a tough question because the phrase “too sweet” has no meaning to me :) Also, most of the desserts I can think of that would be tart would involve lemon, which I am not huge on so I don’t have a ton of suggestions. I do have lemon sorbet as well as a blackberry lime sorbet on the blog which are fairly tart (and the tartness is easily adjusted by adding more or less sugar). I also have several different fruit tarts which certainly wouldn’t be considered overly sweet, though I doubt they could be classified as sour or tart either. Sorry I can’t be more help! I’ll keep my eye out for some sour desserts and post any that sound intriguing!

  • Hi! I’m so happy that I found this recipe. My boyfriend’s birthday is coming up in 2 weeks and I couldn’t think of what to get him until I found your recipe. I’ve never baked before but I wanted to give him something that he loves (black forest), handmade and personal.

    Just a question, how many cupcakes will this recipe make?


  • Lorra

    Oh! Nevermind my previous comment. I just read that it makes 16 (since you said to line 16 wells of 2 cupcake pans). :)

  • H

    Made these & they are delish! My husband wanted them tweaked a little so on the next batch instead of cherry filling, I added vanilla pudding & added vanilla to the whipped topping! Yum. Yum.

  • I made these into stuffed cupcakes and they were SOO good. One person even said they were the best cupcakes ever!

  • Kaitlin

    Do these need to be refrigerated for the frosting and Cherries ?

  • Annie

    Please see the FAQ page.

  • Jung

    I am a pastry chef so I’d love the strawberry cupcake! So wonderful!

  • eileen

    I can’t believe the painting are real, they look absolutely delicious. I love the strawberry shortcake but I’m afraid it’ll be too tempting.. so I will have to say the Bloomington Autumn. Keep up the beautiful work!

    And Annie, amazing recipe as always.


    i love the strawberry cupcake, it’s sure to brighten any room! though i’m afraid i may need to keep it in hiding… may trigger too many cupcake needs!

  • atti

    I really love the blacktie cupcakes because I have a black and white room that is just calling for this! They’re all so uniquely beautifull.

    And I’m really drooling over this recipe… mmm.

  • Eunice

    i really like the banana split cupcake because it reminds me of summer. so cute!

  • jordan

    I still don’t quite know if that black forest cupcake is a photo or the painting… wow, whichever, it’s some amazing work! On both parts :D

  • Magnolia

    Would love to win one for my mom and I think she’d like the Strawberry Cupcake one the best! But then again, she’d love them all! (minus the cigarrettes ;) )

  • maude

    Love the black tier cupcakes! So classy!

  • molly

    The black forest one looks so real people would “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” me and ask for one every time they see it!! So lovely.

    love your brilliant recipes as always!

  • Cara Cox-Steiner

    The strawberry cupcake leaps out at me, but that may be because I know how delicious it is!

  • Stephanie

    Your margarita cupcake! I searched through a lot but kept coming back to that one. It’s bright and happy :)

  • Jen

    Those oil paintings are amazing, how wonderful she offered to make one for you from your amazing photos. While I loved all the paintings, one of my favorites was the Black Tie Cupcakes. :)

  • MichaelT

    Call me a boring or just I like classics, but the simple piece with the lemons on the orange table is my favorite..

  • All of her paintings are beautiful and I love the ones she has done of your cupcakes and other treats. I have to say, though, my favorite is the “Coming of the Lamb”. I’m a knitter, I have to go with the sheep!

  • Allison

    Shooing pies. With the strawberry shortcake in a close 2nd! Cute!

  • I absolutely LOVE the picture of the Whoopie Pies! There is something about the robin’s egg blue background:) I am sure there is a more technical name for the color, but I just love it with the whoopie pies. It looks so nostalgic.

  • I love the painting of the whoopie pies. She does amazing work!

  • I loved the margarita cupcake painting!

  • Julie

    I have to agree with you Annie…Black Forest Cupcakes is my favorite as well. They look so real and the colors go so well together. Sarah is an impressive painter and I hope she does well.


  • Kris Evans

    Wow, they are all amazing! The food ones look like I could reach out and eat them, but my favorite is Bloomington Autumn. The colors are exactly what I love about fall, the greens, golds, and oranges!

  • Kristin

    I love the strawberry cupcake print!

  • Shannon

    The Strawberry Cupcake!

  • Amy

    The angel food cupcake is very pretty!

  • Suzanne

    I love all of Sarah’s works! I actually have two favorites with very different techniques and subjects – Toilets 1 and Vanilla Caramel Cupcake. It would be a thrill to win anything from her site! I used your go-to yellow butter cake recipe to make a rhubarb upside down cake last night. Delicious!

  • Wow, that’s so cool to have your pictures in paintings. My favorite is the Snicker’s Cupcake.

  • Lori

    I think your cupcakes look amazing and Sarah is very talented too. I love the cupcake renderings and the yellow and white tea cup. It might not be safe to have something like this hanging on your wall. lol

  • Lauren

    I love her series of paintings of tea cups. My mom collects tea pots to decorate her kitchen. They would be so cute as a birthday present! And your cupcakes, as always, look delicious!

  • Carina

    I love Sarah’s Fez painting!

  • Erin

    My favorite of Sarah’s paintings is the Strawberry Shortcake. My little girl and her twin brother will be 4 soon, and it’s time to split them up into separate bedrooms. She has such a sweet tooth and is such a girly girl. Strawberries are her favorite food and pink is her favorite color. What a beautiful inspiration for her new room!

  • Cristina B

    Wow…she is an amazing painter! I love them all but my favorite would have to be the margarita cupcake picture!

  • Amber

    I like the angel food cupcake painting the best.

  • jan ellingson

    Thanks for sharing the fun art site! I love the margarita cupcake!

  • Tempest

    I Love the Pomegranate painting. Simple and elegant :)

  • Melanie

    Annie all your cupcakes look amazing. I wish i could reach right through the screen to taste them. Those Snickers cupcakes look amazing too! Its wonderful that a painting can look even better than the real thing! :)

  • Meghan C

    these look great, i’ll have to try them soon! i think my favorite from sarah’s site is the chocolate covered strawberries! they look so real, she is amazing!

  • Kate

    The Whoopie Pie painting is my favorite, I love the blue background! She is quite talented.
    I’m looking forward to trying out these cupcakes at my mom’s retirement party this August. Thanks for sharing, as always :)

  • Angela

    I love her paintings! What a hard choice, but I keep going back to the painting of your strawberry cupcakes. She has really captured your beautiful cupcakes. I would love to try these black forest cupcakes also.

  • Well, since the boston cream whoopie pies are my FAVORITE recipe you’ve ever posted, that would have to be my favorite canvas!! My husband loves them equally as much and wouldn’t he just die to find that hanging on the gallery wall one night? She does an amazing job!!

  • Heather K.

    I love the “Rooftops of Portugal” painting! Wow, she is incredibly talented and it was hard to pick just one ;)

  • The strawberry cupcakes! They are so awesome!

  • Katie

    The paintings are beautiful, I do love the Black Forrest one, but I think the Strawberry Cupcake Painting is my favorite!

  • Ann Mao

    Sarah’s painting of your Whoopie Pies is my favorite.

  • Lindsay

    I love the way the icing looks on the margarita cupcakes! Makes me drool!

  • Kristin H

    All of the paintings were mouth-watering, but I have to say that the margarita cupcakes really held my attention. Delicious!!

  • Francesca

    Oh My Lord!!!! Those paintings are AMAZING! I absolutely LOVE the Snickers Cupcake Painting! It looks so good I could eat it! Wow, I could fill my home with such lovely paintings. I am truly amazed!

  • Honestly, I like the black forest cupcakes the best! They’re so vivid.

  • Ginny

    I love the strawberry cupcake painting. It is so cute!

  • These cupcakes look fabulous, and chocolate and cherry are always a favorite combo of mine. My favorite painting of Sarah’s is definitely the one of the Black Forest Cupcakes!

  • JoAnne

    My favorite is her Vanilla Bean cupcakes painting! I love the colors!

  • Those paintings are gorgeous! I thought they photographs at first! What a talented artist!

  • Deb Hegler

    ohhhhh, the margarita cupcake is my favorite. Makes me want to bite into it and enjoy the flavors of a margarita.

  • Sarah

    The black forest cupcakes are amazing! I also like the chocolate covered strawberries and the whoppie pies. Thank goodness I don’t have to decide!

  • Dana

    The “Toilet” series are quite amusing. I think those are my favorite, but the “Lemons” as well.

  • Adriana

    I love her Strawberry Cupcake painting!

  • Amelia S.

    My favorite is the Margarita Cupcake. It has beautiful Florida colors and I’ve been craving a margarita. Only 4 more months (ish) until this baby is born and I can have one again. :)

  • Aimee Phillips

    I LOVE Sarah’s Margarita Cupcake!

  • Erica

    The black forest cupcake print is my favorite. The cherries give it such a pretty pop of color!

  • Bloomington Autumn is beautiful. I also love yellow and white teacup and I HAVE that actual teacup and saucer from my grandmother-in-law!

  • Brooke

    my favorite is the Whoopie Pies (your recipe of course!). I love that blue background with the red cherry that just pops! Awesome painting!

  • Theresa

    Oh man, looking at those paintings is making me hungry – I can’t choose just one favorite. The whoopie pies, black tie cupcakes and Snickers cupcakes all look fantastic. As does the Black Forest Cupcake print up for grabs!

  • The strawberry cupcake painting is so cute!

  • Chris M.

    I like the Snickers Cupcakes painting. Thanks!

  • Megan

    Sarah’s work is wonderful! I am having a hard time picking a favorite, but I think the Black Forest is my favorite. The swiss meringue buttercream is a close second.

  • Oh.My.Gosh. I LOVE Sarah’s paintings. I’m redoing my kitchen and those black forest cupcakes would look SOOO fabulous — please, oh please pick ME!!! {One must beg when necessary. ;-) )

  • The cupcakes look amazing!!! I love the pomegranate picture.

  • I love the Tiered Cake oil on stretched canvas. The variety of colors would make it easy to incorporate into any decor!

  • Athena

    The Whoopie Pies! They’re just toooo cute!!

  • Megan O.

    I LOVE the Black Forest Cupcake picture. I have wanted a cupcake painting for my kitchen forever!

  • kim

    im stuck between two!! i love the vitamins and minerals one, i could so see that hanging in a kitchen! i also love the one of the lemons!

  • Nicole G

    Honestly, I think the picture of the black forest cupcakes is my favorite! I love the color combo of the dark cake and the pretty crimson cherry! Beautiful! Her work is amazing!!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway offer!

  • hadleybrooke

    I love Plate on a pink background! What a talented artist! All of her work is amazing.

  • Samantha

    I think my favorite painting of Sarah’s is actually the black forest cup cakes also! They look so REAL!

  • Michele

    Oooh. I’ve loved all of your pictures and a print of the black forest would be so sweet. Although, I think I would end up ordering 2 more (the strawberry and margarita) for a series in my girls’ room.

  • Shawndra

    The vanilla caramel cupcake is my favorite. The colors would look great in my yellow kitchen!

  • Debra

    Beautiful work! I loved the Angel Food Cupcake!

  • The Whoopie Pies are so cute! I love the little cherry on top!

  • I love the margarita cupcakes, the lime is fantastic.

  • Kelsey

    I like the painting of your Snickers Cupcakes.

  • Kerry S

    Oh my gosh! Sarah’s paintings would really make a great addition to any kitchen – i love the cupcake ones – the Strawberry, Margarita and the Vanilla Caramel Cupcake!

  • Leslie

    Wow, those are all amazing! It’s hard to choose a favorite…but I think mine would be the Whoopie Pies. Such a pretty blue! And the whoopie pies don’t look too bad either ;) Thanks for the great offer!!

  • OH MY GOODNESS! She is SO talented! :-) WOW! I especially LOVE the painting of the tea cups! :-) So dainty and beautiful! :-)

  • I loved the Strawberry Cupcake painting. So pink and happy, and I feel like I can taste the creamy icing!

  • The cupcake paintings are all beautiful, but I think the Whoopie Pies painting would be my choice!

  • CJ Keenan

    The Bloomington Autumn painting is my favorite. She is very talented.

  • Alice

    I think I love the Tiered Cake print the best! The yellow background is so cheerful and I feel like it would brighten anyone’s day to see that :)

  • Mandy R

    It’s a tie between the cupcakes – strawberry, margarita, and black forest! The colors are wonderful and she’s done such an amazing job translating your awesome photography onto canvas. I would be thrilled to hang a cupcake painting in my kitchen!

  • I like the lemons!

  • Kate A.

    My favorite is the one of the recyclables! It is so modern looking.

  • Leslie

    Your margarita cupcake painting really jumped out at me! Love the colors!

  • Emily

    She makes all the foods look fabulous!!! But my favorite is the Cambridge Round Church. What a talented lady!

  • Tiffani

    Are you kidding me? I cannot even believe these are paintings and not the actual pictures. What talent! I love the black tie cupcakes.

  • Heidi

    mmm I LOVE black forest cake so I will definitely be making these! Sarah’s art is beautiful. I love the angel food cupcake one but have to admit I am also partial to her teacups (I collect tea cups).

  • Mikki

    Lovely paintings! and great looking cupcakes. If I were to win, I would choose the black forest cupcakes or the black tie cupcakes. both are too cute!

  • Emily

    Wow! Those paintings do your cupcakes justice! I think if I hung one on the wall, I’d be constantly drooling! My personal favorite are the whoopie pies, she makes them look as amazing as they taste!

  • kate C.

    I actually really love the shine on the cherry on the black forest cupcakes, so I think that’s my favorite!

  • Tara

    I love the strawberry cupcake painting. It just looks so delicious and lifelike I can almost taste it…

  • sara

    My favorite Sarah Wain painting would have to be the Margarita Cupcakes! I love the contrast in colors, the recipe is awesome too, a nice summertime flavor!
    I’m so excited to check your site everyday to see when you post something new, keep them coming!

  • Liz

    Annie, I looooove all of your recipes. I’ve made several of them and they have all been perfect and delicious! And, I love Sarah’s paintings!! The strawberry cupcake one is my favorite, because the cupcake is delicious, and the painting is so pretty in pink! -Liz

  • Kim

    I have two favorite paintings and I can’t choose between them. I love the clean look of the pomegranate. The Margarita cupcake is also really nice. I love the colors! I think I would put either in my kitchen. What a great Idea, using food photos for painting inspiration!

  • My favorite is the chocolate covered strawberries. They look so real and very yummy!

  • Suzanne

    The margarita cupcakes have to by my favorite. I just love the colors. The topping looks so wonderful that I just want to taste it!

  • Lisa

    I love both the black forest cupcakes and the chocolate-covered strawberries. Now that school is out, I am looking forward to trying some of your recipes – they look amazing!

  • It’s gotta be the black forest cupcake! I love the dark brown and pinks together!

  • Christin

    Can’t wait to try these cupcakes out! I think I’ve gained at least 10 lbs since I became a loyal follower of your blog over a year ago lol! I love Sarah’s paintings, she is truly talented! My fav is the “Strawberry Cupcake” print. Looks good enough to eat… yum!

  • Shauna

    I like the whoopie pies painting. I also love the Cambridge Round Church. She is very talented!

  • Those are gorgeous! My favorite is your margarita cupcake!

  • Emily

    All of the paintings are great, but I think my favorite is the black forrest cupcakes!

  • I have two that I love, the pomegranates and the margarita cupcake. Yum!!

  • Ashleigh

    They’re ALL beautiful! Love the Yellow and White Teacup the best, though! :)

  • EmilyL

    I LOVE the “Pomegranate” painting. Sarah is very talented.

  • Vickie

    The Vanilla Caramel Cupcake is lovely!

  • Margaret Barry

    They are all so beautiful it is really hard to choose. Thanks for hooking me up with this site. I think the Margarita cupcake is my favorite.

    I am going on vacation today, away from computer access. I will be back on the 16th, in case (I hope) you need to reach me.

  • Katie

    I love the pomegranate painting – the red hues would look great in my kitchen. However, I am also digging the funky toilet prints.

  • Vanessa Tellez

    First of all, she is amazing…if possible she makes cupcakes looked better and bigger then life. My favorite was the strawberry cupcake (of course yours because you are my fav!)…I like the simplicity, the colors, the fruit…

  • Well…my kitchen (which is where I would hang this if I win) is red, white, and black. So, the Black Forest Cupcakes might by my winner. But, my eye keeps jumping back and forth between the chocolate covered strawberries and the strawberry shortcake too. Beautiful!

  • The black forest cupcake is my favorite – it looks so lifelike.

  • sheryl

    Snickers Cupcakes. It looks like the chunk in the front is about to fall off and the caramel is about to drip. LOVE how realistic it is!

  • Andrea Shaw

    I seriously love how she combines food and art! Though I initially thought that one of the “sweets” would be my favorite, I kept coming back to the Pomegranate picture. So intricate and interesting!

  • Allison B

    Sarah’s cupcakes are amazing! I absolutely love decorating cupcakes and the detail and care that she put in each painting mimics the effort that goes into decorating. After much deliberation I would have to say that my favorite is the vanilla caramel cupcake. Although the painting is very simple, she captures the elegance of a simple cupcake through the detail in the star-piped frosting. Absolutely amazing. I’m keeping her under my favorites tab.

  • Heather W.

    My favorite would have to be the Margarita Cupcakes! There is something about the frosting and that lime sitting on top. It looks so real. Sarah is a great artist!

  • Jennifer

    Omg! I’ve been obsessed with the margarita cupcakes since you posted them and the print is amazing! That’s definitely my fave.

  • Lynne

    I’m torn between the strawberry cupcake and margarita cupcake. They’d both look gorgeous in my white & sky blue kitchen!

  • I LOVE the margarita Cupcake one.. and the black forest cupcake one.. and the coming of the lamb one.. I really can’t pick JUST one. Her work is awesome! :D

  • Lanette

    I love the margarita cupcake. It looks so fresh, I can almost taste the tangy lime garnish! :)

  • Shannon K.

    The black forest one is so pretty, my favorite for sure!

  • The Farm Girl

    I love the snickers and black tie cupcakes. I LOVE chocolate and this would be amazing in my kitchen! :)

  • Courtney

    My favorite is Margarita Cupcake! If I had any of those delicious paintings I think I would be hungry all the time!

  • Christina

    I love the Margarita Cupcake painting

  • Melissa

    Her paintings are wonderful! The look good enough to eat. I think the black forest cupcakes are my favorite as well, love the color combination!

  • Maggie J.

    I loved the frames Toilets! :) I know, not food, but it was adorable and would look great in my bathroom!

  • Ashley

    Love the plate on green background! The food paintings are so beautiful!

  • Emily

    I know it seems cliche, but my favorite has to be the Black Forest Cupcake painting. It is my favorite cupcake flavor of all time and am so excited to see the updated recipe! (and the beautiful painting!)

  • Jessica

    I like the Strawberry Cupcake one. I think especially because I know how special that cupcake was with your new little one and I have a new little niece in my life :) Love your blog Annie! Thanks for all that you do!

  • Adria

    I really do like the painting of the black forest cupcakes. The cherries are soo cute!

  • Whitney

    The black forest cupcake is my favorite!

  • Kristen

    I really like the pastel called Blue Teacup. So pretty!

  • Tiffany

    I LOVE the black forest cupcake painting! It is absolutely amazing!

  • She is amazing! And what a great subject to focus her art on! Perfect for people’s kitchens…especially the strawberry cupcake.

  • I love the banana split cupcake print! Her work is fabulous!

  • cupcake lover

    My favorite is the strawberry cupcake because the colors are so bold and the cupcake looks very fresh and so real!

  • Linda Ebright

    The cupcake painting are gorgeous – positively edible!

  • Waheeda

    The snickers cupcake looks so good!

  • saturn

    I like Sarah’s painting of the lemons in the pastels category. Her art and love of food is really shown through her work.

  • Susan

    The paintings are incredible. My favorite is the pastel Angel Food Cupcake. I LOVE LOVE LOVE berries and it looks like you could just pluck those from the canvas – amazing….as are the recipes and photogaphy that inspired it.

  • karin

    I love the Pomegranate!

  • Nikki

    I love the vanilla bean cupcake with the baby blue frosting! Super adorable! Her talent definitely shines throughout all of her work!

  • Christine

    The Pomegranate oil canvas is amazing. YUM!

  • Steph H.

    I like many of her works…thanks for introducing her! I really like the yellow and white teacup pastel.

  • Ria

    The cupcakes are beautiful, too pretty to eat!!

    I loved her ‘Plate on green background’ painting. It’s so beautiful!

  • Dakota Campbell

    I love the tiered cake oil canvas! She is very talented!

  • Maggie

    The pomegranate! Amazing. It looks so real :)

  • Ginnette

    Hi! I loved the Rum Cake, Mayan Chocolate Cupcakes, Snickers Cupcakes, (but I sincerely cant have this one in my house cause I will die) hahaha. the Whoopie Pies and the Black Forest Cupcakes… I honestly loved them all! Good job she is doing here!

  • I love the strawberry cupcake canvas because it would fit beautifully in my kitchen. What a great local artist to have around!

  • Jennifer M

    I love the Black Forest Cupcake painting – it looks SO real!

  • joelle

    Black Forest Cupcakes…..Amazing. It looks like a photograph. She’s soooo talented!

  • Kelly

    I love Pomegranates and think that painting is absolutely beautiful! I cannot believe that some of the paintings are really paintings. They are so amazing and look like pictures!

  • Josephine

    I think I actually like the black forest cupcakes the best. Good choice!

  • I like the margarita cupcake picture. Mostly because green is my favorite color! The whoopie pies come in a close second though! Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway.

  • Danielle

    My husband loves Black Forest anything, so I think I am going to make these for him for father’s day!!

    I actually love the print of your black forest cupcakes, she makes them look so realistic and it is just all around awesome!! We are buying a new house soon and a print like this would like nice in our living room!!

  • Annie

    Wow…she is talented! I love the Tiered Cake Painting.

  • Christina

    I love the strawberry cupcake painting! It’s so beautiful- she is very talented!

  • Vanessa F.

    Bloomington Autumn is lovely, but I think I would choose “Plate on Pink Background”

  • I love them all! The Margarita Cupcake print stands out to me, though. I can’t believe it’s a painting.

  • What a cool giveaway! When I first clicked on your site today and saw the pic of the black forest cupcakes I thought they were so pretty, so I would love a painting of them! I also like the painting of the teacup.

  • Mary Kate

    I really like the Vanilla Bean Cupcakes drawing. I really like pastels.

  • Fayeth

    OMG… the snickers cupcake looks so real it’s making me drool! I also love the chocolate covered cherries painting… even though it’s not a cupcake ;)

  • Elaina Gibbs

    My favorite is the Black Forrest picture, BUT the banana split is a close 2nd!
    Her art is beautiful & I can’t wait to try these cupcakes!!

  • Dana

    It’s tough because they are all so fabulous (and yummy-looking too!), but I think the Mayan Chocolate Cupcakes are my favorite, especially since purple is my favorite color :)

  • Crystal Power

    I really think that her best works are the renderings of your photos! It is amazing. I really thought I would lean toward the Strawberry Cupcake painting, because I’ve made those and they turned out perfectly the very first time. However, I think the Margarita Cupcake painting of Sarah’s is my favorite. The icing has such depth. :)

  • Renee

    This was a hard decision. I really love her dessert paintings, but I think my favorite is Bloomington Autumn in the painting section.

  • I love the tiered cake picture!! So pretty and life like.

  • Becky

    I like Bloomington Autumn!

  • No wonder Sarah wants to paint your dessert, they all look too good to be true! I really love her painting of the pumpkin cookies, but they are all amazing!

  • Ann

    Hi, Annie. I liked the the pink strawberry cupcake best:)

  • Sugar Doctor

    The margarita cupcake print is my fave!

  • vaishali

    Love the iced pumpkin cookies!!

  • natalie

    I love “Morocco”

  • Michelle

    Love the margarita cupcake and black forest cupcake paintings. I am impressed.

  • Sarah

    Sarah’s pastel of the Angel Food cupcake is definitely my favorite! Look at those big juicy berries ;)

  • Lanea E.

    I really like the Cambridge Round Church. I think it’s absolutely beautiful.

  • JJ

    I’ve known Sarah since we were both kids, and when I saw that her site was up, I got SO excited!! I have been trying to talk my husband into buying the Whoopie Pie painting since! (He’s afraid it will make him hungry constantly – it will!) I love the colors and composition.

  • I am continually amazed at the beauty and excellence in food you create, Annie. Wow! My favorite painting is the pomegranate, but they’re all beautiful!

  • Suzanne

    I love Plate on Green Background

  • Allison A

    My favorite is the Cambridge Round Church!

  • Caroline

    wow!! the whoopie pie painting looks like a photograph!! these are all so amazing, but that has got to be my favorite!! the colors and realism in the painting- wow!!

  • jolie m

    These cupcakes look great! My favorite painting is the margarita cupcake!

  • zeze

    The black tie cupcake, looks good enough to eat!

  • Kim S

    Ok…the artwork is AMAZING. This recipe looks awesome too! I love black forest cake. I think my favorite of the paintings would have to be the strawberry cupcake.

  • Andrea

    I like Sarah’s tiered cake painting is my favorite, but I like all of her work!

  • Julie

    I like the strawberry cupcake painting. Can almost taste them they look so real!

  • Christina C

    I like the black tie cupcakes!

  • Brenda

    I love the Angel Food Cupcake. Love the berries!

  • Valerie

    I love her works! And your cupcakes make a great addition to her portfolio. :-) I really do think they’re my fav (though the ‘Tiered Cake’ is a close 2nd!).

  • Mary Lynn M

    I love the Angle Food Cupcake with the berries on top. Her work is amazing.

  • Danielle

    I love the yellow and white teacup painting…so classy!

  • Sarah

    I love the pomegranates! And I love that she’s from my state, Kansas!

  • Katie M

    I’m not just saying this because it’s part of the giveaway, but I love the Black Forest cupcake painting. I love the balance of color. Her work is beautiful…and your photography makes a great subject! Thank you to you an Sarah for the giveaway.

  • Breanne

    I love black and white in canvas style printing. My favorite is the Black Tie Cupcakes and coincidentally the Black Forest Cupcakes. I love the splash of red in the Black Forest Cupcake painting, but also love the standard black and white in the Black Tie Cupcakes. My favorite recipe however is the Strawberry Cupcake, I made it the other day everyone loved it!

  • I like the Black Tie Cupcakes painting.

  • I LOVE all of them!! But my favorite would be the tiered cake one. Looks so good I want to eat it!

  • Cory

    The Pomegranate is so beautiful! Perfect in my kitchen!

  • Jade

    For food prints, the cupcakes hands down. Otherwise, I really like Rooftops of Portugal.

  • Lisa M

    I can’t decide if I like the Strawberry cupcake or the Snickers cupcake painting the best. They are both wonderful! I would love to see her do some paintings of pie and/or coffee!

  • Katie

    I like the Boston Cream Whoopie Pies- something about that blue background with the cherry on top!

  • Alicia

    I have to say that all the paintings are beautiful but my true favorite happens to be the Black Forest Cupcakes. I love the bright red cherries.

  • My favorite really is the black forest cupcakes :)

  • Amber B,

    Her paintings are phenomenal! Wow! I love the vanilla bean cupcake or the black forest cupcakes the best, but wow they’re all amazing!

  • jessica kish

    Wow! She is talented! I love the margarita cupcake. So real looking!

  • Andrea

    I love the colors of the vanilla bean cupcake. Awesome giveaway!

  • Jennifer

    I LOVE the teacup…because I love a good cuppa tea!

  • Mary R

    Oh my goodness! I wish I had the resources to buy several of Sarah’s pieces! My favorite, though, was her Margarita Cupcake. I made that recipe for a friend’s birthday party recently, and they went over like gangbusters.

  • Olivia

    Mmmm, these cupcakes are going to be in my stomach sometime this weekend. They look amazing.
    And Sarah Wain is such a talented artist! Her paintings look so realistic. They truly are all beautiful, but I think my favorite is Whoopie Pies–so cute and whimsical.

  • The black forest one really is great! I like the black tie cupcakes as well. Cool idea!

  • Jenny

    Cool paintings! I like her version of your whoopie pies picture.

  • Betsy Sajdak

    Vanilla Bean Cupcakes — reminds me of a Tiffany’s cupcake! And, Tiffany + cupcakes = DREAM!

  • Chelsea

    Wow, Sarah Wain really captured your recipes beautifully; I would get hungry just looking at the art in my house. Something really struck me about the Cambridge Round Church, it’s so beautiful the way she painted it. I could look at it every single day.

  • Sara

    They are all amazing, but the one that impresses me the most is Pomegranate. Wow!

  • Rachel

    I think I want to eat the paintings. They’re amazing! The black tie cupcakes go best with our decor, but it would be fun to have a whole wall of them. Though it would make me want to bake and eat even more ;)

  • deannab1

    I love the black forrest cupcakes too, good choice. I also the love the painting of the snickers cupcake.

  • Cate McConnaha

    My favorite painting of Sarah’s is the Chocolate Covered Strawberries! I just love the bright pop of the red berries against the silky smooth chocolate! That, and chocolate covered strawberries are probably the best dessert ever invented!

  • Renee

    The margarita cupcake is my favorite. They all look soo real! They’re beautiful.

  • Mishelle

    I love her work! Amazing job!! I would have sworn I was looking at photographs at first glance! I think I like the Snickers painting the best! I may just have to make the real thing today! Thank You!

  • Rachael

    I love the whimsical-feel of Sarah’s “Whoopie Pie” painting! They look so cute all stacked up on each other!

  • Adrienne

    Oh my goodness! The Strawberry Cupcake painting is gorgeous! I think that’s the one that’s stolen my heart.

  • Donna D.

    I really like the black forest cupcake painting!

  • Danielle Beinke

    They are all amazing!! It’s definitely a tough choice. I really like the strawberry and margarita cupcakes!

  • Lindsey

    I love the Tiered Cake painting! It’s so simple yet so beautiful!

  • Dominique

    All of her works are beautifully executed, but I’m partial to the Strawberry Cupcake one, because if I ever have a baby girl I always said I’d decorate her nursery in cupcakes and the Strawberry Cupcake painting would be perfect for that!

  • I loved all of Sarah’s paintings! It was sooo hard to choose just one! But my favorite would have to be the tiered cake with the starwberries on top. I love this one because it looks like something my hubby’s grandma makes! Best of luck to Sarah!

  • Lidia

    Love, love your straberry cupcakes!!! Super cute too look at and delicious to eat!! YUmmy!!

  • “Blue Teacup” I collect antique blue china teacups!!!

  • I’m not exactly sure how I’m suppose to choose, but I would have to say her ‘Fez’ painting. I’ve always been intrigued by Morocco and my travel bug will eventually take me there. I would have to say the ‘Snickers Cupcakes’. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE snickers and cupcakes?

  • KC

    I think my favorite one is Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
    Love the lines and color.

  • Rochelle Amaro

    Sarah’s Strawberry Shortcake painting was AWESOME!! It brought so much memories back when my great grandfather would always buy me Strawberries when they were in season and I would also make sure he bought all the fixing for a homemade Strawberry Shortcake!

  • I love all the cupcake paintings, but I think the Margarita Cupcake is my favorite! Sarah is so talented!

  • Jennifer Lusher

    Love the black forest cupcake painting. The black/white/red is my favorite combination of colors. Stunning!

  • Lisa E

    The tiered cake looks fabulous!

  • Annilee

    What a talented girl! I have to pick the black forest cupcake painting, they loom good enough to eat right off the canvas.

  • Cheryl

    Awww they are so beautiful. I love the snickers cupcakes !!

  • These look delish- and just in time for my dad’s birthday!

    My fave is the painting of the vanilla caramel cupcake, but I love the black forest cupcake and bloomington autumn paintings too- they’re all gorgeous and chic!

  • I love the Lemons pastel…I just love those colors!

  • Lyndsey

    The cupcakes look delicious! Love the photography! The strawberry cupcake canvas would look lovely in my kitchen!

  • Amy

    I like the Tiered Cake painting – love the yellow background.

  • I like the strawberry cupcake one!

  • Kendra

    I cannot believe these are paintings- they look so REAL! I absolutely love the whoopie pie painting- so cute with a beautiful blue background!

  • Heidi

    I like a lot of them, but I think my favorite is the strawberry cupcake one, because I know just where I would hang it!

  • Kelly

    The Black Forest Cupcake painting is my favorite!! It looks so real it’s scary! I’m still flipping back and forth between this page and hers to make sure I’m seeing correctly, haha.

  • Great pictures! Black forest is my absolute favourite combination of flavours!

  • Sarah

    I love the pink and white teacup. It has decorative designs,it really looks real, like you want to take the handle and drink some tea! This girl is amazing, such beautiful art! It looks so real and elegant.

  • Jenn

    I actually love the painting of the pomegranate. Simple. Natural. Beautiful.

  • Black Tie Cupcakes and Cambridge Round Church win my heart!!

  • Lindsey W.B.

    Wow, her work is incredible! The margarita cupcake might be my favorite, but the black tie cupcakes look like a photo! I’m so envious of artistic people.

  • Traci

    Her work is incredible! My very favorite is Bloomington Autumn…no wonder it’s sold already. If I were going to buy one, I would probably choose “Rum Cake” as that is one of my specialties!

  • Cheryl

    I like the Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Cupcake,

  • I love the painting of the Tiered Cake, YUM! And Im really drawn to the pastel of the yellow and white Tea Cup. Makes me want a slice of cake with a spot of tea! Just gorgeous!

  • Jaime

    I love Sarah’s painting of Chocolate Covered Strawberries, but I’ll have to admit I have several other favorites as well. What a talented artist!

  • April A

    Hard to pick a favorite but i’d have to go with the flowered plate painting with the green background! Very talented!!!

  • I love “Blue Teacup,” in her pastel collection….and I look forward to trying your new and improved recipe!

  • Amy

    I love the Chocolate Covered Strawberries painting! We just moved into a new house and I have been looking for a picture to give me some inspiration for a new color scheme in my kitchen…this would get things off to a great start :)

  • I love the strawberry cupcake. My mom has strawberries all over her kitchen and this would be perfect for her.

  • Madison

    I love the yellow and white tea cup pastel! My grandmother collected teapots and tea cups for years, and her favorite color was yellow. When I saw that photo, it instantly made me think of her!

  • Angela Slaughter

    First of all I LOVE your blog. I get so excited every MWF because I get to check out the new yummy recipe that has been posted. I have made many of your recipes and have yet to find one that I don’t care for, the same goes for my husband. Each time I try a new recipe we always comment on how each and every recipe I have made has been a total homerun. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!!
    Sarah is such a talented painter, each piece is absolutly beautiful. I have to say that my favorite is the Black Forest, I love how the black and white contrast with the red cherry and the pink background just sets the whole thing off.
    I can’t say enough good things about your blog, thanks again!!

    Thanks again,

  • Actually the black forest cupcakes was my favorite one! The strawberry a close second =) I love the way the cherries look

  • I like the black forest cupcakes oil painting!

  • Jodie

    Love the Black Forest Cupcakes, they are jumping off the canvas, begging to be eatin’! Will be making these this weekend :)

  • Wow, the paintings are GORGEOUS, and the cupcakes look delicious! The Black Forest Cupcakes painting is my favorite :)

  • Candice Scott

    I love the Strawberry Cupcake!! Love the black forest cupcakes also!

  • I adore her painting “Plate On Pink Background” — the warm tones would perfectly match my wood cabinets and butter-colored counter tiles.

  • Tina

    I love the Strawberry Shortcake oil painting! Yum!

  • Jenny

    the whoopie pies!

  • Kimberly Jensen

    They are all really beautiful, but I really liked the vanilla bean ones.

  • Nicole

    Oh my! They all look amazing, so real I could eat it! I love the margarita cupcake painting. My eyes just kept coming back to it! And plus, I want to eat it!

  • Gabby Thomas

    My favorite painting is the “Bloomington Autumn” but work it has to be the “Expressive Self Portrait”<— too funny!

  • Connie Fenske

    Yellow & white teacup picture of course…I am a huge tea lover…thanks Annie & Sarah….peace & love always :o)

  • My favorite painting is the Margarita Cupcake, because it reminds me of summer. (However, I’d be thrilled to hang the Black Cherry Photo in my house as well). :)

  • Jen M O

    My favorite painting is the Margarita Cupcake. The frosting is amazing.

  • Ashley Olson

    I love the banana split cupcake painting!

  • Cami

    I love the vanilla bean cupcake picture! So pretty!! The blue is beautiful – she’s an amazing artist!

  • Christy

    I really enjoyed Sarah’s site. My favorite painting is the one called Morocco. Too bad it’s not for sale!

  • Alissa

    Well, I don’t think it would be a good idea to have a giant painting of a cupcake in my line of vision all the time, but boy does that Snickers Cupcake painting look delicious! I also really like the Bloomington Autumn and Roofs of Portugal paintings. I love the colors in those.

  • Elizabeth

    The cupcakes look delicious! Also, kudos to Sarah-her paintings are fantastic. At first glance a few of them look like photographs. My favorite is Cambridge Round Church.

  • Samantha

    the Chocolate-Covered Strawberries print looks good enough to eat!

  • Paula B.

    This artwork is amazing, I think it’s a tough decision but I’m going in for the strawberry shortcake! Yummy.

  • MelissaW

    The Cambridge Dome is very pretty. Food wise, you can’t beat the cherries on top of the black forest cupcakes.

  • Christine

    Wow! This Sarah Wain cat is talented! I loved all of the cupcake artwork. I think if I could only choose one the Margarita Cupcake calls to me.


  • Rooftops of Portugal is my favorite, but they are all wonderful!

  • Michelle

    “Pink and Green Teacup” is my fave! It reminds me of a set of China that was left to me after my grandma passed away. :o)

  • TK

    Mmm, I would definitely try making the black forest cupcake this weekend. Chocolate & cherries are my favorite! And… my favorite Sarah Wain piece is her Vanilla Swiss Meringue pastels.

  • Wendy

    I love the margarita cupcakes – it will go perfectly in my kitchen!

    OK, I need to make some cupcakes for a party next weekend, and I’m finding it really hard to choose which of your recipes I’ll make! This post just made it THAT MUCH HARDER to decide!!

  • Heather

    I’d have to agree with you, Annie, that the Black Forest cupcake painting is amazing. I just love the way the cherry looks.

  • Christen

    I love the whoopie pie painting, makes me want to make those now to snack on!

  • Tracy

    So gorgeous! I really liked the angel food cupcake painting as well as the black forest one.

  • Alyssa C

    OOoooh- I never tried the original recipe, but I looove black forest cakes, so I think I really should this time around!

    Went to Sarah’s site, and her paintings are amazing!! If I hadn’t known what I was looking at, I would’ve thought the Black Tie Cupcakes painting was a photo. As it was, I still did a double-take. I have to say though, her pastel of the Angel Food Cupcake is definitely my favorite. So pretty and refreshing!

  • Trudi

    I love the Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Cupcake painting. I’m flagging her site as a favorite!

  • Brenda

    I love all of the cupcake paintings! To be honest, my favorite one is the ‘Black Forest Cupcakes’ one! :)

  • Sara

    It was hard to decide between the margarita cupcake and Snickers. Snickers reminds me of my wonderful husband and his love of snickers but I think the margarita won out. With summer so close and the cool, refreshing lime and light, fluffy yellow cake…That’s it, Margarita it is!

  • tanya904

    I like the strawberry shortcake painting

  • Teri

    How unique and fun! I love the colors in the Strawberry Cupcake Painting….her talent is amazing!!

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    The Chocolate Covered Strawberries have my mouth watering!

  • Claire

    If you ever write a cookbook, I think you found your artist! You and Shanon both inspire me to start a cooking blog, which hopefully will be after I get through this state bar exam! The Vanilla Caramel Cupcake is my favorite painting, though it was tough to pick.

  • Brooke Peterson

    I love the chocolate covered strawberries painting!

  • Lindsay

    It was between the Strawberry Cupcake painting and the Margarita Cupcake painting for me, but, in the end, the Strawberry Cupcake painting won! Also, perfect timing for this recipe – my friend just asked if I had a good black forest cupcake recipe to make him for his birthday! They look tasty!

  • kelly c

    Strawberry Shortcake.
    ps – your recipes have made my family happy many a day. :)

  • Brenna

    Sarah’s paintings are beautiful! I had to look closely to see that they are paintings, since they look almost identical to your photos!!! My favorite is the margarita cupcake, but I love the black forrest cupcake painting too!! Now I want to eat a cupcake but it’s too late to bake!! LOL

  • Stefanie

    I’m entering the contest! My very favorite painting of Sarah’s from her website was the margarita cupcake with the pert little lime wedge. It IS an Annie’s Eats cupcake and looks almost as good to eat as the photos.

  • I love them all, especially the cupcake ones! I like the Black Forest the best, with the cherries on top. Awesome giveaway!

  • Deb

    I have to go with the margarita Cupcake an the snickers Cupcake!! My mouth is watering!!!:) These painting are AMAZING!!!!

  • Jordan B

    I love the blue teacup pastel print!!! The cupcake ones are great too!

  • My favorites were barbed wire and autumn. Mostly because I was thinking of the walls in my house and what would look good. The cupcakes are great too – they would be so fun in a kitchen!

  • adorable! i like the angel food cupcake the best.

  • Ann

    I’m with you! The black forest cupcakes are my favorite painting! So real looking.

  • Kelly W

    I love the black forest cupcakes. I can see that in my kitchen. But, I also love both toilet prints…so different!!

  • Rae

    Checked out Sarah’s site – totally fell in love with her Home Grown print. I like my kitchen decor to be all about food. Love her work! And love your recipes!

  • Jackie

    Sara’s paintings are amazing! I’d have to say that the black forest cupcake is my favorite – but it was a tough choice.

  • Traci

    I love the “Whoopie Pies” painting, but the “Vanilla Bean Cupcakes” pastel is my favorite!

  • Kimberlee V

    I can’t decide between the margarita cupcake & the snickers cupcake. Both look delish… But with summer coming, I’ll pick the margarita. Looks refreshing with that lime wedge;) Beautiful work, Sarah!

  • christina

    i love every single cupcake painting she has done…i can’t pick!

  • Liz N

    Sarah’s work is amazing and what a great tribute to your creations and food photography. My favorite is the Black Forest Cupcake painting. I could see that hanging nicely in my kitchen!

  • Corey

    I love her pastel of the lemons..

  • Angelic

    WOW! Those paintings are incredible. At first I thought they were photos until I took a closer work. I love the margarita cupcakes … and the snickers cupcakes … and the Angel Food Cupcakes!! If I have to pick one it would be the Angel Food Cupcakes. Thanks for all your yummy recipes. I am so glad I found your blog!

  • These cupcakes are just beautiful and the recipe looks like a good one. Black forest cake was a family birthday favorite, so I’ve seen a few in my time!
    I had so much fun visiting Sarah’s site! What wonderful works she has created. My personal favorite is the Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Cupcake with the colorful sprinkles. I adore sprinkles and love vanilla cupcakes.

  • Oooh…. gosh, choosing one is tough! I love them all! I think the black forest cupcakes really are my favorite. I also like the snickers cupcakes. Both look good enough to eat. :)

  • Lisa Jennings

    Although all the food prints are awesome I really like her “Barbed Wire” print.

  • Sara Buck

    The black forest cupcake painting is my favorite!! All her paintings are really good though!

  • Nicole

    Bloomington Autumn is my favorite. Her food ones are all so realistic and amazing, too, though.

  • Jaci

    I LOOOOVE the margarita cupcake print!! it looks good enough to eat!

  • Debbie

    I love the black forest cupcake painting … Looks good enough to eat!

  • Heather

    Wow! Sarah’s paintings are incredible. Choosing one is hard, although I loved the intricacy of the chocolate covered strawberries, I have to go with the black forest cupcakes. Shocked that it is not a still photo. The detail is amazing and makes me want to whip up a batch right now :)

    p.s. I make your cupcakes often and my friends and family have gone wild over them! You have helped me in making many friends birthday’s very special!

  • Emily Kelso

    I like the vanilla bean one!

  • Christine

    My favorite is the angel food cupcakes. I love the colors. They are hard to tell they are paintings.

  • Jo

    Wow!!! Loved Sarah’s website – just called a friend who has recently opened a bakery and told her she had to “CHECK IT OUT” for potential artwork.
    I really like all the cupcake prints – but there is just something about the color of the cherries on the Black Forest cupcakes that just sings out to me!

  • venetrise jackson

    i would have to say, the banana split cupcake painting, beacuse it’s similar to my tattoo.

  • Annie you are so talented! And those paintings look so real. I love the strawberrry shortcake and the pomegranate ones the most!

  • Joyce

    my favorite has to be the snickers cupcake. it was the first to capture me when i landed on the website. it’s like i can fEEL the caramel oozing on top. MMmm :)

  • Ruthi

    I am in awe of Sarah Wain’s work! Mt favorite is definitely the black forest cupcake. It looks so REAL!

  • My sister and I found Sarah’s site not too long ago and fell in love with her paintings, especially the one of the black forest cupcakes! I’d loooove to win that canvas for her birthday.

  • Margarita Cupcakes! The swirl of the frosting looks so lush! i heart it :)

  • Audrey

    Hello Annie!! Thanks for sharing your cooking talent with us, everything you do just look delicious!
    English is not my first language so there’s a trick in this recipe i may have not understood… What do you mean by draining the cherries? just letting the water drip in a measuring cup? or smashing them to collect its juice?
    and when you put the cherries in the saucepan, do you take the cherry stones off before or after? (This really sounds like a stupid question but I feel like every detail is important when we cook: results are never the same ^^)

    Thank you for your time, have a great day :)

  • Rye Kaminski

    I loved the picture of the black Forrest cupcakes. The pink background looks great with them!

  • Amanda

    I love the yellow and white Teacup the best, but all of the paintings are beautiful.

  • Cindy Coon

    Hi Annie,

    All of Sarah’s creations are amazing but I have to say I love the “Whoopie Pies” with that cherry balancing on the top of those luscious cakes! Yum! The Black Forest Cupcakes look like you could reach right in for one! Hope I win!


  • Stacey

    My favorite was the snickers cupcake. It almost looks like one of the cupcakes I had at my wedding!

  • Laura R

    I love the black forest cupcakes painting and the strawberry cupcake painting! They are all so pretty.

  • Wow, she is so talented!
    I like all the tea cups, but my favorite are the Mayan Chocolate cupcakes, so pretty.
    Thanks for hosting this. I love your recipes, last week I made the lemon, poppy seeds muffins delish

  • Jana

    I love the margarita cupcake on Sarah’s site!! So lovely and vibrant!

  • jamjar

    Love the strawberry cupcake painting. These are the first cupcakes my daughter made from your site and she has not stopped. One of these paintings would be a perfect gift for her wedding in July and the new house they just purchased!!

  • I like the Strawberry Shortcake.

  • Denise P.

    I couldn’t decide between the strawberry cupcake or the margarita cupcake. Sarah’s food paintings are amazingly life like.

  • Sarah D.

    Hi Annie- I really like the margarita cupcake but I have to say my favorite is the strawberry cupcake! I love pink! What a neat idea!

  • Annie

    Well, with frozen cherries, when you let them thaw there will be a lot of juice in the bag. That is the juice I’m talking about. They are already pitted.

  • Hayley Johnson

    The snickers cupcake is amazing looking!

  • Penny

    Love Sarah’s work, but my favorite has to be the snickers cupcake, just beautiful!

  • Jennifer B

    I love the whoopie pie print! I am a cupcake lover at heart but something about those little pies stacked on top of each other with a cherry. Priceless!!

  • Wow I love all of her work! I think my favorite is the chocolate covered strawberries, though. I have always thought those look so pretty!

  • Mary

    The black tie cupcake caught my eye as soon as I clicked on her site! I also love the pictures of the toilets! What a great picture for a bathroom!!

  • LInda

    I like all of Sarah’s paintings and pastels but my favorite is the Plate on Green Background. Her paintings look like photos!

  • Hiya! Her paintings are all so gorgeous! I would have to say my favorite is the margarita cupcake painting. So realistic, and so beautiful!

  • I love them all! My husband went to IU and he would love the Bloomington Autumn print. My choice would be the Black Forest Cupcakes…I love the colors in it! :)

  • Anne

    I love the margarita cupcake painting on Sarah’s site, it looks so realistic. It could be dangerous hanging on a wall :0)

  • lee

    PICK ME! PICK ME! We just redid our kitchen and the “Snickers Cupcake” painting would match it perfectly! Sarah is an amazing artist! Your food is fabulous. We have been enjoying your meals and desserts for a few months now. Just lastnight we had the “Pasta Alla Vodka”…I think may have been the third time I have made it! The fan favorite at our house….”Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes” ….too die for! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa

    My personal favorite is the Mayan Chocolate Cupcakes, mostly because the colors in it match my kitchen the best, but the black forest cupcake painting would look really nice in my kitchen, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Mallory

    Wow. Such amazing talent. My favorite overall is the vanilla bean pastel, it is beautiful! My favorite print is the one of the whoopie pies! So fun!

  • I love black forest cake. it’s one of my top 5 favorite cakes.
    The chocolate-cherry combo makes me droll all the time and your cupcakes look amazing.

    have a wonderful weekend Annie

  • Oh these cupcakes look so divine. Black Forest is my favorite dessert combination. I am an artist myself, so I especially appreciated your link to Ms. Waine’s art. Her oils of food are truly of photographic quality! I really loved best her rendition of the chocolate striped strawberries but my favorite overall is her oil painting of Morocco…thank you Annie for consistently giving me wonderful food ideas. Our family goes nuts over your Mom’s Goulash and Creamy Chicken Taquitos. I don’t remember how I came across your site a couple years ago but I’m sure glad I did.

  • Demitria Raynor

    It’s a toss up between the black tie cupcake one and the black forest cupcake one. They both look so real that I kinda want to lick the canvas… =)

  • peggy

    Magarita cupcake is my favorite! I love the green color and margarita screams, summer! Summer has finally arrived in Maumee, Ohio!

  • Paula C.

    Sarah’s work is amazing. It was really hard to choose a favorite but the Angel Food Cupcakes are so pretty.

  • Rachel A.

    The cupcakes look amazing, and I can’t believe how realistic the paintings are. Sarah Wain is a fantastic artist! My favorite dessert painting is of the margarita cupcakes, but her painting entitled “Morocco” is truly something beautiful (and I love that it is 2 panels!)

  • Wow! Love her work and the fact that she’s using your blog photos is awesome! I love the Black Forest Cupcakes on canvas…beautiful! Thanks!

  • Janet Barnhart

    I love all of the cupcake paintings, but the black tie cupcakes is my fav., followed closely by Snickers and Margarita. Makes me want to leave work and bake!

  • Amber C

    I love the strawberry cupcake painting, she is amazing!

  • Melissa Carter-Black

    Oh Holy Moly, the Snickers Cupcake painting looks so scrumptious that I would be tempted to devour the thing right off the wall! Good thing I have the recipe. ;) The painting is definitely worth saving!

  • Marsha Smith

    My favorite picture is the Angel food cupcake then the Black Tie cupcake…

    We love your blog and actually used many of your recipes at our daughter’s recent wedding reception (a brunch).

    Thanks for your many contributions to my recipe box! I am an oncology nurse and alot of the things I make end up at meetings/gatherings at work and church!

  • Melissa B

    Sarah’s paintings are beautiful! My favorite is the Margarita Cupcake. It looks just like the real thing- Fresh & delicious! It would look great in my kitchen :) Thanks for posting such a fun blog, Annie!

  • Catherine

    I love the pomegranate painting and the pastel of the angel food cupcake is quite lovely:)

  • Chrissy

    Such cool paintings! The black forest cupcake is my favorite even though I really like the margarita cupcake too, but the cherry looks perfect and I love the pretty pink background!

  • Rebecca W

    These cupcakes look divine, too bad I don’t like cherries. Sarah is ver talented, totally love her lemons pastels they are so vibrant that it made me feel alive for a few minutes. Thanks for always sharing and being so inspirational

  • I love the Black Forest Cupcakes.. well I love them all, but I’m always “dying for Chocolate”… love the updated recipe, too!

  • julie simpson

    I like the Vanilla Bean!!

  • Cassandra

    That’s so great that she is using your creations as inspiration for her creations! I love her painting of the Tiered Cake. Other than the subject, I love the yellow background! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • bob aaron

    I liked the “rooftops of Portugal” print the best.
    While the others show actual food, the Portugal print brought to mind the smells of the delicious foods of Portugal.

  • Erica

    Whoopie Pies is for sure my favorite painting. They look edible!

  • Tara

    I’m not going to lie, the vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream cupcake (my favorite) with a cup of coffee in the blue teacup would be perfect right now!

  • Kelley

    All of her paintings are soo amazing. I loved the strawberry cupcake as well as the margarita cupcake…both reminded me of a warm summer day. But I kept going back to the strawberry one, I I work with kiddos and they love their strawberries (so do I of course) :)

  • molly

    angelfood cupcake! they are all wonderful though.

  • Jessie

    The Margarita Cupcake would be perfect in my kitchen but I’m also strangely drawn to the toilet prints. They are so fun.

  • Charlene Giglio

    Definitly I Choose the Strawberry Cupcake, Red is always such a Happy color!

  • Hey, I’m a fairly new reader. I can’t believe it took me this long to find you! I love your blog and have tried a few recipes already. Blueberry lemon cupcakes to be tried tomorrow :)

    I love these paintings! They look like they can be eaten right off the canvas. But I especially love the Whoopie Pies painting because I love aqua and brown. So pretty and bright! YUM!

  • Tara LoPresti

    Sarah is very talented! My favorite would have to be Pomegranate but I also love the margarita cupcake. It was a tough choice.

  • Prianka Kumar

    My favorite painting by far would be the black forest cupcakes, they just have a perfect balance of colors, and would go perfectly with my room decor. being an artist myself, I REALLY believe that Sarah’s paintings are simply divine. And if course, I have also made these cupcakes, and they turned out excellent. Crowd pleasers for sure!!

  • Klace

    Her work is absolutely beautiful and really fun! I love that she chose to honor your talent for photography with her own artistic talent. I love the simplicity of the black tie cupcakes, but really do love the vibrancy of the cherries in the black forest piece.

  • Amy

    I love the pictures of all the cupcakes! my favorite would be the Angel Food cupcake, pastel. I would do a trio of 3 of them in my dining room!! so cute!

  • Anne

    I love the Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream cupcake pastel. There is just something about a cupcake with sprinkles!

  • Wow – I love your blog and the recipes are INSANE!!!! Thanks for sharing these wonderful treats (the cupcakes are my favorite) and offering this unique giveaway. I’m very impressed with Sarah’s artwork, it’s beautiful. It’s hard to choose just one, but I love ‘Bloomington Autumn.” It reminds me of fall in my homestate of Kentucky.

  • MariaB

    I like the Strawberry Cupcake one! I love pink so my eyes instantly went to that one!

  • The strawberry cupcake painting is my fav. Very cool giveaway! These cupcakes look lovely too :)

  • Laura L.

    Wow! These cupcakes look great. I think all the paintings look beautiful, but I really like the black forest cupcakes. It would look great on the wall, and would be a motivation to bake more cupcakes!

  • Jamie Trotter

    I would have to say my favorite outside of the giveaway one is the Strawberry Cupcake, Oil on Stretched Canvas. It is girly and looks as delicious as the cupcakes actually are. It happens to be one of my favorite recipes on the site.

  • Sara

    I love the Whoopie Pie picture. The blue background really makes it pop. All of her pics are adorable!

  • Stephanie C.

    After admiring Sarah Wain’s art (I’ve actually been scouring Etsy to find art like this to adorn my kitchen), the one print I kept going back to was the Strawberry Cupcake (Oil on Stretched Canvas). Possibly because I have been bidding my time to make those exact cupcakes since the recipe was put up on the blog or could be because the detail is so fantastic! Well I suppose it is more likely that those two reasons are equally good.

  • Kimberly

    The painting of the pomegranate is beautiful! :)

  • Amy

    I really enjoy all the paintings, but the Margarita Cupcake one is my favorite!

  • I LOVE Sarah’s take on the Margarita cupcake! I love green (and, at my housewarming party last year, everyone loved those cupcakes), and the piece would go wonderfully in my living room! What an amazing artist, and an even more amazing (and unexpected) pairing!

  • I love all of them, but the one that caught my eye was the chocolate covered strawberries. It could be that I love to make them & eat them!!!!

  • Sarah

    The blackberry on her angel food cupcake looks delicious! I love her work.

  • Jane L. Ziegenfus-Martin

    Thanks so much for directing your readers to a website so full of beautiful art. If I had to choose my favorite piece, even though dessert baking is my passion, I would choose the yellow and white teacup. As I was growing up in a very small town in PA, my mother collected fine china teacups that were gifted to her from one of her co-workers who was a world traveller “back in the day.” As a young child, I would fantasize about the teacups and where they came from, and dream of drinking from them one day. Of course, I was never allowed to touch them! As my mother has moved into an assisted living facility, now those teacups are mine and are displayed with pride in my dining room. I have had tea in all of the teacups, each time thinking of how the teacups were wrapped and brought back to PA for my mother to enjoy. That’s what I thought of when I saw that perfect yellow and white teacup! Just gorgeous….

  • Stefanie

    I actually love the Black Forest painting – the cherry in the front looks like you can reach in and grab it!

  • Mel

    Seriously..those are so cute! After looking at all the pictures, I honestly think the Black Forest cupcake painting is my favorite! It’s really beautiful.

  • Natalie

    Sarah’s chocolate covered strawberries made my mouth water. They are beautiful and you know when you take a bite of one it will be delicious. I think the chocolate covered strawberries would be wonderful in my kitchen or dining area. They would certainly brighten the space up!

  • Maria Corral

    Sarah is extremely talented and i am an art lover as well, but i have to say that my favorite is the Black Forest Cupcake painting, & i am super excited you are giving that one away, it looks amazing!The cupcakes were delicious too! YUM:)

  • The Margarita Cupcake is perfect and reminds me of home in Texas!

  • loRI :)

    I just checked out Sarah’s website and oh my WORD!! Her artistry is amazing!! I don’t even know how to choose a favorite, but since I can’t stop staring at the Black Forest Cupcakes, I might have to say it’s likely my favorite. :) Lovely. Lovely. Lovely.

  • Dana C

    I love the black forest cupcake painting! But the strawberry cupcake is a close second.

  • Jenn B

    I love Sarah’s oil painting of the pomegranates! The pattern of the seeds draws my eye throughout the entire piece. I enjoy the positioning of the fruit and how the red color jumps off the simple background. Sarah’s work is really eye catching and beautiful, thanks for directing us to her site!

  • Jen

    The whoopie pies are my favorite painting. And my favorite to eat!

  • Melissa J.

    Chocolate Covered Strawberries look good but all the food ones were so awesome

  • Pat R

    Ilove the snickers cupcake!

  • Whitney

    “Plate on Green Background” is my favorite–it reminds me of a dish my grandmother had.

    What a talented artist!

  • Kristine E.

    I love the lemons!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sally D.

    Love the pomegranate painting. Very talented lady!

  • Rachel Feyre

    Wowwww what talent!! The Vanilla Bean Cupcakes were my favorite : )

  • Love the ‘yellow and white teacup’ painting.

  • Amanda McCormick

    I LOVE the painting of your snikers cupcakes. She does an amazing job with painting the different lightings to make it so lifelike!!!

  • Kelly

    I love the angel food cupcake painting. Her work is fab! I was actually an art major in college but haven’t painted in years, her work inspires me to merge my love of cooking with art.

  • Amanda

    My favorite painting is the Margarita Cupcake one!

  • I personally loved the tiered cake painting amazing talent, I wish I could draw!

  • Linda

    I like the pomegranate. I would totally hang that in my house.

  • jing w

    i love the margarita cupcake print! a friend recently sent me your website when i posted on facebook that i was looking for a cookie dough cupcake. i’m looking forward to trying out your recipe! :D

  • Amanda P.

    I absolutely love the strawberry cupcake! I adored the picture when you first took it, and to see it in a painting was beautiful!

  • Amy

    Pomegranet…definitely. I love the potential those little jewels hold.

    Love your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • christine

    Wow, very tasty looking paintings. Black forest one is really nice, though I’m drawn to the strawberry cupcake one…most likely because I wish I could be eating it right now.

  • Gail

    Oh WOW! First off, this recipe sounds amazing, and I love chocolate/cherry combos…
    Second… SHE IS SO TALENTED! I truly liked every one of the paintings she has posted! But, I think my favorite for my personal appeal is the vanilla cupcake, then the margarita cupcake and yes, in top three is actually this recipe’s painted photo! So cool how she does that for bloggers photos! I want to save up to buy one from her someday even if I don’t get to win one :)

  • SaraJ

    I love the strawberry cupcake painting, amazing.

  • Kelly S.

    Very cool! I love this idea. I really like the one she did of the chocolate covered strawberries!

  • Madeleine Finch

    Oh I love the painting of the margarita cupcake. As my husband and I prepare to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary, it reminds me of our honeymoon in key west. I’m thankful he will be here this year, deployments have had him gone 4 of them so far. Thanks for the visit down memory lane.

  • van pham

    Oh I really love her painting of your strawberry cupcake. I wish her prints came in a smaller size because I would love to purchase a smaller one.

  • Tiff

    The painting “the coming of the lamb” is my favorite. Her paintings make me want cupcakes!

  • Jen

    What a tough decision! I am partial to strawberries, so the strawberry cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries are calling out my name, however, the blackforest cupcakes look like they just want me to reach out and take a bite! Good choice!

  • Melody

    Hello Annie, I love your site! I do like your pic! It sure makes me hungry :) It would look nice in my new house that will be finished this August. :)

  • WendyBee

    I love the Black Tie Cupcakes; they have a lot of realism.

  • Jen V.

    Such a fabulous idea! I’m torn between the Tiered Cake print and the Black Forest Cupcakes print. I think I have to go with the Black Forest Cupcakes print though, since I would hang it near my kitchen, which is decorated with a cherry motif. Love these!

  • Shane

    Stunning food and stunning art! What a winning combination! I have to say, that black forest cupcake is absolutely beautiful! The cherry on top makes me smile!

  • Courtney

    I have to say that I think I agree with you Annie. The black forest cupcake painting eeked out as my favorite. I also love the strawberry cupcake painting. I’m a sucker for pink and those cupcakes are some of my favorite to make!

  • Katie

    I like the margarita cupcake the best.

  • Jessica P.

    The Black Tie Cupcakes painting is my favorite…like cupcakes, hard to choose a favorite!

  • Kathy P

    I love the snickers and angel food cupcake paintings. I think the fruit just looks so real – I want to eat it!

  • Ria

    Thank you for sharing this site! I may have to buy myself an early birthday present. My favourite painting is of Black Tie Cupcakes, and unfortunately it is sold! The frosting looks so pillowy and the chocolate curls remind me of the first “fancy” cake I ever made on my own when I was 12.

  • Amanda

    I love the pomegranate painting. I actually thought that a photograph had snuck into the painting section at first – that lifelike!

  • Melanie S

    I love the pomegranate painting and the toilets.
    As for your cupcakes, I can’t wait until my ankle heals from running the Indy Mini so that I can start exercising again and eat anything I want without feeling guilty!

  • Dodi

    They were all beautiful, but I was mesmerized by “Lemons”. I loved the golden yellow color of the fruit and the way she incorporated shadows to give the painting so much depth.

  • Caroline B

    I love all of her work but especially the margarita cupcake! I just love the lime green in that painting!

  • Dianne S.

    What gorgeous artwork! I have to say my favorite is the Black Forest Cupcakes work. I love cupcakes, love chocolate, and the way this picture looks reminds me of the airbrushed posters I had on my wall as a teenager in the 80’s. Nostalgia mixed with divine dessert…doesn’t get much better :)

  • Cierra S

    I love the painting of the margarita cupcake. It is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Lauren

    the margarita cupcake pictures is so cute and girly! I love it :)

  • Brie

    I absolutely love the whoopie pie painting. Somewhat comical in nature and I love that! Definitely a statement and conversation piece in any home

  • Ms ellie

    Wow! I am so impressed with her talent! Beautiful ….all of them. The angel food cake with berries is my favorite.

  • Lori

    LOVE the margarita cupcake painting! The frosting looks amazing and the green background is beautiful! All her work is lovely though!

  • Kari W

    I love the strawberry cupcake painting…because I love strawberries and I love these cupcakes!

  • It’s a toss-up: I’m very drawn to her Morocco painting, but if I had to choose another, I’d love the Vanilla Caramel Cupcake as well.
    Her work is stunning – what a talent!

  • Linda N

    she is very talented. I espescially loved her strawberry shortcake painting.

  • Iriannes

    I loved the Snickers cupcakes! it simply looks incredible!

  • Margarita cupcake. They are fun to bake and I love the picture!

  • Amber

    The black tie cupcake painting looks good enough to eat!
    These paintings are amazing :)

  • Latina

    The Black Forest Cupcake painting is my favorite; it is so realistic!

  • Sally

    The strawberry cupcaked is beautiful. (I may be saying that because I’m a *bit* addicted to strawberries.) :P

  • Breyanna

    I love the snickers cupcake painting! I can almost see the caramel dripping down the side. MMmmmm

  • Jennifer

    I think that the black forest cupcake is really a gorgeous painting. That’s the one I would pick.

  • Julie

    My favorite is the strawberry cupcake – nothing like strawberries to remind you of summer all year long!

  • Mary

    I love the strawberry cupcake painting and the Bloomington Autumn painting is very pretty.

  • Brandy

    It was so hard to choose but I like the Chocolate Covered Strawberries. I have made so many this summer already. People think they are so complicated to make but I can whip them out.

  • Katie

    I like the black tie cupcakes!!

  • Jamie

    I love the Black Tie Cupcake, because it is simple, and elegant. It’s a picture you could imagine seeing anywhere from an art gallery to your own home. Just black and white beauty

  • sandra

    I love the Black Forest Cupcake painting. I just keep looking at it and thinking it looks so realistic like a photo instead of a painting.

  • Tracey

    Oh my goodness – Every single picture on her site is gorgeous! I love the pastel of the vanilla bean cupcake. Sarah, you are so talented.
    Annie, keep up the great work – you are such an inspiration!

  • Stefanie

    Has to be the Pomegranates…but all her work is amazing!

  • Kelly Norton

    Love the margarita canvas!So cute!

  • Kabby

    Gosh, I’m an artist, and her paintings are so inspiring! I’ve just gotten into oil painting, and I aspire to be that good!

    They’re all so fabulous, but I’d have to say the Chocolate Covered Strawberries one, because of the way she uses that shadows and how it’s so different from her other stuff, it pops out. Hope I win!!! :)

  • Janet

    All of her art is beautiful. Morocco is my favorite but I think that’s because I love pictures of places more than food. Of the prints I like the black forest cupcakes the most, but the pomegranate would probably fit better with the rest of the decor in our house.

  • Stephanie

    I love the “Vanilla Bean Cupcakes” it would mesh so well in my room

  • Kathleen

    Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Why? Because when you look at the painting you can taste them all the way down to your toes.

  • Sarah’s Black Forest Cupcakes painting is definitely my favorite, though her Whoopie Pies is a close second. They are all so lovely and lifelike, they make me drool!

  • The “Tiered Cake” is really pretty!!!

  • Kerri

    The margarita cupcake, I love the green background.

  • Amy

    I can’t wait to make these cupcakes!

    I think the strawberry shortcake is my favorite painting. I love them all though!

  • Annie

    Love the beautiful painting of the black forest cupcakes! I might even have to try making it myself. :)

  • I LOVE the black tie cupcakes on Sarah’s site, but everything is so gorgeous!

  • Joan Corson

    I love that whoopie pie painting. Wow, I am thinking three of her pics would look great on my wide open wall in the kitchen!!!!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Maria

    I live near the black forest :) Love it!

  • Jessica L.

    I really love the one of these cupcakes…it is so lifelike and gorgeous!!!

  • Renee Brinkmann

    I have to pick the snickers cupcakes because I love chocolate!

  • Nickie S

    Hard decision! They are all beautiful and match my style. But, I’m leaning towards the Margarita Cupcakes. (It’s one of my fave cupcakes, as well!)

  • Alycia

    I love the painting of the black forest cupcakes, it’s amazing how real Sarah Wain made them look!

  • Rachel

    I love the whoopie pie painting!

  • Coley S.

    Hi Annie! I LOVE the Black Forest Cupcake print as well!! :) Thank u for offering this!

  • Vanessa

    Wow! They’re all beautiful. I’d definitely have to pick the Margarita Cupcake- it’s so me.

  • Melissa

    I think my favorite is Bloomington Autumn. I love the fall season!

  • Michelle Y.

    I love all of your recipes! I just recently discovered your blog a little over a month ago and I’ve already made about 10 of your recipes! All of Sarah’s work is beautiful I love the black forest cupcake painting!

  • Cynthia

    I love Sarah’s Pomegranate painting! The cupcakes are fantastic as well!!

  • Her paintings are so wonderful!! It’s hard to choose between the strawberry and margarita cupcakes. However, since I’m pregnant and all I’ve been craving is margarita (and snocones), I guess that will have to win my heart. ;)

  • linz

    Rooftops of Portugal is gorgeous!

  • Gretchen

    I really like Vanilla Caramel Cupcake picture Sarah painted. Very simple but beautiful!

  • They’re all amazing, but I love the ‘Margarita Cupcake’ the most.

  • sarah

    a friend introduced me to your blog a couple of years ago. i love it and have been truly inspired! i’m an Art teacher and started an online cupcakery and bakeshop. so sarah’s work hits home.

    one of my favorites is Cambridge Round Church, i love the mark making.

    thank you for doing what you do.

  • Annie

    These cupcakes look so delicious, can’t wait to try the recipe! Coincidently, Sarah’s painting of these Black Forest cupcakes is also my favorite!!! Love it!

  • Des

    My favorite work of Sarah’s is probably Bloomington Autumn, but it is so hard to choose! I also love the Strawberry Cupcake.

  • Nicky S

    I love both the Angel Food Cupcake and Black Forest Cupcake, but I’ll will have to go with Black Forest Cupcakes. They are really good:)

  • Jessica S.

    Snickers Cupcakes…wow! Looks like you could just dig right in!

  • Hi Annie, I love your blog. I check it every day. Sarah Wain’s paintings are amazing, I have to say that I like the Black Forest Cupcake print the best. Thanks.

  • Melissa

    I really like the bloomington autumn one .. though all of them are beautiful. That one esp. makes me relaxed like I’m on a vacation.

  • Monica

    I love all her cupcake paintings but I think the strawberry cupcake is my favorite!

  • I love the painting “Pomegranate.” It’s definately my favorite, but I also like the teacups!

  • Annie H

    The strawberry cupcake is my favorite. I love strawberries. I have wanted a painting of something strawberry related in my kitchen forever but have never found the perfect picture

  • Anne

    Oh, man, I shouldn’t have looked at Sarah’s work before lunch. Now I’m sooooo hungry!!! I love her Pomegranate piece.

  • Gwyn M

    My favorite is actually this Black Cherry one because it looks the most realistic…I could almost eat it right off the canvas! I wish I were that talented!

  • Emily

    Oh I LOVE the painting of your vanilla cupcakes! The blue frosting is amazing!

  • Rachelle

    I’m definitely going to have to make these for our 4th of july picnic this year!!!

    I love Sarah’s angel food cupcake painting… they’re super cute and look just as yummy!!!

  • Theresa

    I think my fave would be the Boston Creme whoopie pies. That cherry on top is just perfect! :)

  • I am so thankful that I found your blog and just in time for my daughter’s cupcake birthday party! All of your recipes are delish looking, so I am hoping to use a couple recipes.

    I’ve seen Sarah’s artwork on her sister’s blog before and have been in awe ever since. I even posted about finding her page on my blog some time ago. Actually, that is how I found your blog. Anyway, even back then I have always LOVED the painting of your Black Forest Cupcakes!

  • Kady

    I love the way the colors play in Sarah’s work! The picture you chose is stunning– literally too good to eat :) I also loved her oil painting “Bloomington Autumn”.

  • Your photos are wonderful, and I’m amazed that the detail in Sarah’s paintings. I really loved the “Pomegranate” painting/print. It looks good enough to eat.

  • Katelyn

    I really love the All Natural Linoleum Print on Paper. It would look beautiful in my kitchen! As a college student, it can be hard to find cheap prints that are still beautiful.

  • kristin m.

    i’m drawn to the whoopie pies… my mouth is literally watering right now! ha! kristinmik at gmail

  • cookiedough

    Hi Annie, after looking at the beautiful photos of your cupcakes, I can’t wait to make them. I also visited Sarah’s site; her paintings are lovely. It wasn’t easy to pick just one painting as my favorite one, but after some deliberation I finally chose the ” Vanilla Caramel Cupcake”. I will be posting again to let you know how the cupcakes turned out. Thanks!

  • Aubrey Smith

    The paintings are all so beautiful. Such a wonderful talent! But i LOVE the Margarita Cupcake painting. I heart cupcakes, and I have a citrusy motif in my kitchen. Perfect!

  • Michelle P

    I like Toliets 1! It’s different and funny!

  • Laurel

    I think the black tie cupcakes print looks delicious!

  • Monica Hoff

    The Vanilla Bean Cupcake is gorgeous, I’m a sucker for robin’s egg blue.

  • Megan

    First of all, WOW! She is amazing! It’s funny, I grew up and live in Wichita, KS and I have family in Bloomington, IN! I go there EVERY SUMMER! I have to come and buy some paintings from her! Now, for my favorite… umm… do I have to pick ONE?? Let’s see, I would say…. the Iced Pumpkin Cookies. It reminds me of something my grandma would do. She always had a plate full of desserts in the middle of her table for anyone to enjoy. This painting automatically made me smile and remember her. I would love to put that in my kitchen while I bake just to have a piece of her looking over me. Thank You so much for introducing Sarah to us! She has a wonderful gift!

  • Kellie

    My favorite is the margarita cupcake print!

  • Jaime

    I just jumped onto the website to grab a recipe. I did not think that I would be looking at goregous paintings. I went to Mrs. Wain’s website via my cell phone. When the paintings had thumb nailed I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between them and your photo’s Annie.

    I would have to say my favorite is a tie between
    the Black Forest Cupcakes and the Chocolate covered strawberries. I think the cherry in the black forest painting is amazing. The way she was able to capture the shine is beautiful. I love that the strawberries look so fresh and the look
    Of the white chocolate.

    These paintings are astonishing and I think I need to start saving my money. All of those food type paintings would look perfect in my kitchen.

  • Natalie P.

    I think the Whoopie Pies painting is the best one- it would look great in my kitchen!

  • I actually really like Bloomington Autumn!

  • Lydia B

    I’m drawn to the Margarita Cupcakes painting, but maybe I’m just thirsty for a margarita!

  • Kim A.

    I love the vanilla bean cupcakes print, although the black forest cupcakes are a very close 2nd. My dad loves chocolate and cherries together, I may have to make this recipe for him for Father’s Day. Thanks for posting your revised version :)

  • Yikes, they ALL look so good I’m craving a million things right now! :) I think the whoopie pies are my favorite though!

  • Erin

    All of her art work looks AWESOME so it would be hard to choose just one, but I would have to go with the Margarita Cupcake! It’s so realistic looking…like I coiuld just take my finger and swipe some frosting off of it! Plus green is my favorite color and there is a lot of green in that pic, but again they are all beautiful!

  • Toni Lynn

    My favorite painting is the pomegranate. The color is so rich, just like the flavor of the fruit. I love it!

  • Nikki

    It’s a tie between the Black Forest & Margarita cupcakes!

  • Betsie

    How incredible to have someone paint some of your wonderful food creations! I love the painting of your chocolate covered strawberries!

  • I love the prints…so beautiful! If I had my choice, I want the strawberry cupcake print! So great in my kitchen!

  • Becky

    Strawberry Cupcake for sure!

  • Jenny Lee

    So many fun paintings and such. If I had to narrow it down, I would have to choose between the Margarita cupcake or one of her linoleum prints.

  • Tracey

    I love love love the Margarita Cupcake!

  • Dee

    I really like the magarita cupcake painting. I’ve been dying to try to make them in real life too!

  • Elenasmommy

    These look wonderful! Would love to make these for Valentine’s Day. Had a quick question about the filling — do you think you could make it the day before, or would it thicken too much? Thanks for any help or advice!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry for the delayed response. I think the filling can be made a day in advance but I probably wouldn’t do it farther than that because it may separate. Enjoy!

  • Mfoisy

    Hi Annie, sorry if someone has asked this already, but I’m wondering how to go about turning these cupcakes into a black forest cake recipe. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much!

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page. Thanks!

  • Missauria

    These were FANTASTIC! – waiting for them to cool was the hardest part! :)

  • CMCButtercup

    I know you said you’d had trouble with images being able to be pinned- would you be able to make this recipe pinnable? Thanks!

  • Lehar

    Could i use fresh cherries for the filling?

  • annieseats

    I haven’t tried that but feel free to experiment :)

  • annieseats

    Should be fixed now. Sorry about that!