Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes

The Story:
         Finals week is my most unproductive week of the entire semester.  I put off a huge project until 2 days before it was due.  To make up for my poor quality work, I delivered my project with a box of these cupcakes.  I hope my professor liked them! 

Cranberry Cake:
White Cake mix
2 egg whites
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup sour cream
zest of 1 orange
2 cups chopped cranberries
White Chocolate Ganache:
¾ cup white chocolate chips
2 ½ tablespoons heavy cream
White Chocolate Buttercream:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons white chocolate instant pudding powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 cups powdered sugar
yields 24 cupcakes
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2.    Gently combine egg whites, egg, oil buttermilk, sour cream and zest. 
3.    Stir in cake mix (for easy mixing, sift cake mix to remove lumps).
4.    Add chopped cranberries. 
5.    Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 14-18 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6.   When the cupcakes are almost cool, make ganache.
7.    White Chocolate Ganache: Melt white chocolate and cream together in a double boiler or in the microwave.  Be careful, white chocolate burns easily!
8.   Dip cooled cupcakes in ganache.  Let set before piping buttercream.
9.   Buttercrem: Beat cream cheese and butter for 4 minutes.  Add pudding mix, vanilla extract ad powdered sugar.  If too loose, thicken with more powdered sugar.
10. Pipe onto cupcakes and top with sprinkles! 

31 thoughts on “Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Patti says:

    I'm pretty sure that constitutes bribery! I hope it worked 🙂 Is that granulated sugar on top with the sprinkles or is it a coarser sugar? Or is it something else all together?

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    It's called.sanding suagr from Gygis in salt lake. It gives the cupcakes a perfect frosted look. I went to Gygis again on Friday and stocked up for next semester!

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    Anonymous says:

    what size piping tip do you use?

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    I used either the WIlton 1M, or something very similar to it. The stars are my favorite tips to use 🙂

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    Monica says:

    Oh, those look delish!

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    Rachel says:

    Those look really tasty! And I love cranberries! YUM!

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    Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It says:

    What a fabulous flavor combination!

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    Jo-Lyn's Cup Cakes N' Candies says:

    nom nom nom ….

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    Hannah says:

    I'd definitely give you an A! 🙂

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    These look lovely! Perfect for the season.

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    shopannies says:

    these sound awesomely delicous come see what I shared at

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    Pup Fan says:

    Yum – these look great!

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    Anonymous says:

    Love the flavor, but the cupcakes came out with a very dense consistency more like a muffin. Any suggestions?

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    Try replacing some of the sour cream for milk if you want a lighter cake!

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    Jenn says:

    These sound like a delicious cupcake. I love the idea of white chocolate ganache.

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    Anonymous says:

    I made these and they are AMAZING!!!

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    Wow, they look scrumptious and so perfect! I wish my cupcakes looked like this!

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    Jenny says:

    Hi! Im hoping to make these- are “chopped cranberries” fresh or dried? Thank you!

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    These cupcakes seems very delicious. I’m delighted with them. I like the flavour combo of cranberry and white chocolate .I’ve featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don’t mind! If you don’t agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.

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    I love them, they’re perfect!! I found this at pinterest and I was instantly drooling…..Thanks for sharing it, and have a good day!! 🙂

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    Cass Greenhalgh says:

    I don’t know if you realize this but you are AMAZING. so inspiring and creative it blows me away. You always have such original recipes and pictures. I can’t wait for your cookbook, I hope you do book signings when it’s released. Thank you for sharing everything!

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    ev aletler says:

    thank u for share. great post

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    Julia says:

    Is it possible to make mini loads instead of cupcakes? If so is there any modifications I need to make yo the recipe? Thanks for any advice.

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    Samantha says:

    Your site has been my favorite find this year!! 🙂 If I go with dried, are sweetened okay? I like the fresh, but the tartness is a little too much for my little boys. Thanks!

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