Desserts with Tori
By: Tori McGeehon

December 19th 2018

Vanilla Cranberry Cupcake

I mean does this cupcake not scream CHRISTMAS?! I think if you show up to your holiday gathering with these puppies your friends and family will be blessing you for years to come. The cool thing about these cupcakes are they are pretty simple and look like a 5-star bakery product. My favorite part about this recipe is the utilization of the winter produce: cranberries, and most of all, if you have never had a candied cranberry, you will now! And it’s life changing …you’re welcome.


2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 tablespoons veggie oil
3 tablespoons milk
1 cup cranberries, fresh
1 cup butter
5 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk
1 cup cranberries (or enough for 3 cranberries for each cupcake)
2 cups sugar divided
1/4 water


Let’s get the cranberries out of the way. Put 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water into a cup and microwave until you see it boiling. Dump into plastic bowl and then add cranberries, using gloves, or carefully pluck a cranberry out of the sugar syrup and into another (1 cup) bowl of sugar and toss. Set on tray and place to the side to dry.
For the cupcakes, in a mixing bowl measure out all dry ingredients (leave out cranberries till the end) and in another bowl measure out all wet ingredients and whisk. With the mixer on low, pour in wet ingredients and let mix until a smooth batter forms. Take off mixer and fold in cranberries. With a 2oz scoop, plop the batter into a lined muffin tin. Bake at 350*F until the center tests clean and cupcakes bounce back to the touch.
Time for the FROSTING! Cream the butter until smooth in mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar and milk, then add vanilla and let mix on medium high until it’s light and fluffy
Once cupcakes are cooled, I again used a 2 oz scoop and plopped some frosting on top with 3 of the sugared cranberries!

NOW PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH AND IT EAT IT – or save it for the holiday party…

As always, if you have any questions about my recipes or suggestions please reach out!

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Thanks, as always,
Tori McGeehon

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