Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, sugar, soda and salt. Stir and make a well in the center.
Pour the melted butter, milk and vinegar into the well. Stir until all ingredients are moist.
Place cupcake liners in muffin pan. Spoon a full tablespoon of batter into each liner. Place 1 teaspoon of preserves on top of the batter. Cover with an additional tablespoon of batter. Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven, let cool on wire rack for 10-15 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan, and cool completely. Frost with vanilla frosting and garnish center of each cupcake with a maraschino cherry.
Makes 12 cupcakes.
Date: September 10, 2002