Whip up a batch of these festive Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes for your holiday celebration!  Moist and fluffy vanilla cupcakes are studded with sugared cranberries and topped with a silky white chocolate buttercream frosting.  You’ll love the contrast of flavors and textures in this fun dessert recipe! 

Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes- perfect fluffy, soft texture on the cupcake, and I loved the contrast of tart berries with that rich and creamy white chocolate buttercream!

Hey how’s your holiday season going?  Are you done your shopping yet?  Is your house all decorated?  I’m getting there, bit by bit.  We put up our tree on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and I’ve got the stairway just about done.   Next is the mantle, then we’re hosting a family brunch for Hanukkah this weekend, and then I’m just going to bang out all the gift shopping (hopefully) in a matter of days.  It’s not ideal, I know, but if I have a list then I can usually knock it all out in a hurry.

It’s getting down to the wire, and thanks to a scheduling error on my part, this is going to be a three-post week.  I was thinking I’d be sharing a kick-a$$ cookie recipe yesterday, but evidently I had my dates mixed up and that will come later in the week.  Along with a kick-a$$ cheesecake recipe.  So stay tuned!

For now, I’m happy I had these little gems patiently waiting in the wings!

Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes- perfect fluffy, soft texture on the cupcake, and I loved the contrast of tart berries with that rich and creamy white chocolate buttercream!

I made them on a whim.  I just wanted something wintry and beautiful.  They did not disappoint!  In fact, I loved them even more than I anticipated.

There is just something about those sugared cranberries!  I just love their sweet-tart, juicy crunch.  And, along with this incredibly silky-smooth, rich yet whisper-light white chocolate Swiss buttercream… perfection!  The contrast of flavors and textures just can’t be beat.

These beauties started with my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe.  It’s moist, fluffy, full of rich vanilla flavor, and it all comes together in one bowl.  I was fresh out of Greek yogurt, so I subbed in buttermilk and it worked like a dream.  The cranberries were sugared the day before (they keep in the fridge for about a week), and after I scooped the batter, I decided to add a few right in.  I filled the cups halfway, dropped about 4 or 5 right in, and then tucked them in under a blanket of more batter.

After they’re cool, you can swirl on that satin-y buttercream, and garnish with a few more sugared cranberries.  Don’t they just look so perfect for a Christmas party?  Or even for New Years, I think they’d be great.

If you’re looking for something fun and different to treat your friends and family to this season, you can’t go wrong with this recipe!  I hope you’ll give it a try- it’s just so perfect for this time of year!

Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes- perfect fluffy, soft texture on the cupcake, and I loved the contrast of tart berries with that rich and creamy white chocolate buttercream!

…got questions on the frosting? I bet you they’re answered in this HIGHLY comprehensive Swiss Meringue Buttercream post! Click on over to learn lots more!

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Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes- perfect fluffy, soft texture on the cupcake, and I loved the contrast of tart berries with that rich and creamy white chocolate buttercream!

5 from 1 vote
Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

Whip up a batch of these festive Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes for your holiday celebration! Moist and fluffy vanilla cupcakes are studded with sugared cranberries and topped with a silky white chocolate buttercream frosting. You'll love the contrast of flavors and textures in this fun dessert recipe!


Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry, Cupcakes, white chocolate
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 337 kcal
Ingredients
For the Sugared Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for coating
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries (1 bag)
For the Cranberry Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sugared cranberries (approx.)
For the White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks + 6 tablespoons), softened but cool
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
Instructions
To Make the Sugared Cranberries:
  1. Place the water and sugar in a medium pot, and place over medium-low heat.  

  2. Bring to a low simmer, stirring, just until the sugar is completely dissolved. 

  3. Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes.

  4. Toss the cranberries in the simple syrup, to coat.  

  5. Drain the cranberries, and spread in single layer on a wire rack. 

  6. Allow to dry for about 8 hours, or until no longer wet but sticky to the touch. 

  7. Roll in additional granulated sugar to coat. (Sugared cranberries can be stored in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to a week.)

To Make the Cranberry Vanilla Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line two cupcake pans with papers.
  2. Place the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.  

  3. Add the butter and mix on medium-low speed, until the mixture resembles damp sand. 

  4. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. 

  5. Add the buttermilk and vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed for about 1 minute, to aerate the batter and strengthen the cake's structure.

  6. Fill each well of the cupcake pan about half full with batter, then drop 4-5 sugared cranberries in, and top with more batter (they should be no more than 2/3 full). 

  7. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until the cake springs back when gently pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. 

  8. Cool completely, then top with White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

To Make the White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream:
  1. Place the egg whites and sugar in a large metal bowl, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water, and whisk together until the mixture looks thin and opaque, and the sugar has completely dissolved (it should no longer feel gritty when rubbed between the thumb and forefinger).

  2. Remove the bowl from the heat, and whip on high speed (using a whisk attachment) until completely cooled.  (There should be no hint of warmth when you press your palm against the side of the bowl.)

  3. Whip in the butter, a tablespoon at a time, until thick and fluffy. If it begins to look curdled, continue to whip until it comes back together, before adding in remaining butter.  If the frosting seems runny, refrigerate for 10-20 minutes, then re-whip.
  4. Stir in the vanilla and melted chocolate.  Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip, and pipe large swirls of frosting on the cupcakes.  Garnish with more sugared cranberries.
Recipe Notes

Note:  you may have extra sugared cranberries left over.

©Baking a Moment

For lots more info on how to make the frosting, click here: Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Potassium 103mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Sugars 28g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes- perfect fluffy, soft texture on the cupcake, and I loved the contrast of tart berries with that rich and creamy white chocolate buttercream!