A hidden chocolate center and fresh berry frosting adds a delicious finish to these Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes.
Years and years ago I took a cake decorating class with a friend. I was 7 months pregnant at the time, so I'm really not sure what possessed me to waddle into this class. Somewhere along the way I decided that having kids meant I was going to need to make fun birthday cakes every year. So I had to learn sometime.
I learned some easy decorating tips in that first 4 week class, but most of what I have learned about cakes and frosting has been by trial and error. Frosting is really pretty forgiving. If you mess up, you can just scrape it off and start over.
That's probably part of the reason I gave up my home-based cake business. The perfectionist in me was taking hours upon hours to finish cakes or cupcakes for my clients. I have found that baking for my internet friends is much more relaxing. Plus, these baked goods stay in my kitchen. There is no added stress of hoping the finished product did not get dropped on the car ride to their house.
If you have never decorated a cake or cupcakes before, I have a great resource for you today. These gorgeous cupcakes came from my good friend Lindsay's book Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes.
Lindsay is an absolute doll. She is seriously one of the sweetest and kindest people you will meet. I have had the opportunity to meet her a few times, and I just love chatting with her. And her photography on her blog, Life, Love, & Sugar, blows me away every.single.time!!!!! I seriously just sit there and drool over the gorgeous photos that she takes!
When I heard she was writing a cookbook, I just knew it would be fantastic. And her book didn't disappoint me. The entire book is filled with pretty pictures of the finished products and pictures of how to make it get there. I love all the detailed photos showing you how to apply decorations.
As I flipped through the book, I was having a hard time deciding what to make. I mean, I wanted everything! But as soon as I saw these sparkling cranberry white chocolate cupcakes, I knew these were the ones.
Filled cupcakes are one my favorite things to make. These chocolate pumpkin cream filled cupcakes and these lemon coconut cupcakes are two of my favorites from this year. There is just something so fun about biting into a soft cupcake and finding that hidden center!
Almost everything in Lindsay's book is homemade, so make sure you set aside enough time to make your treats. But don't worry about it because her book will walk you through every step and show you how to achieve that pretty dessert.
Here are some tips for making these cupcakes:
- Make your sugar covered cranberries the night before. They need time to soak in the sugar syrup. As you start rolling them in sugar, just use a little sugar at a time. The sugar will start to get clumps from the syrup on the berries.
- Bake and cool your cupcakes. Make sure to test your cupcakes as you bake them. I did 12 cupcakes and it took them 20 minutes in my oven. Once cool, use a cupcake corer to remove the centers because we need room for the creamy center.
- Let the white chocolate ganache set up before filling the cupcakes. If you add it too soon, it will soak into the cupcakes. It should still be soft, but not runny.
- Cook the cranberries in a little bit of water until they pop. Puree the mixture and press it through a fine mesh sieve to remove the peels.
- Assemble the cupcakes and share with friends and family!
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These cupcakes are just beautiful and I am definitely going to make them. The cranberry frosting calls for vegetable shortening. Would it work to use all butter? I can’t bring myself to eat cold shortening.
You can use all butter in the frosting if you prefer. It may not be as white, and you may need to add a little more powdered sugar to make it stiff enough to pipe on the cupcakes. I hope you enjoy the recipe!
After they are made can they be put in the fridge overnight? Will the frosting stay ok?
You can refrigerate them if you want too, but they don't need to be if you are eating them within 2-3 days. I hope you enjoy them!
Hi, can I use other berries? Cranberries are not liked by the family but the cupcake looks phenomenal!
It should work with other berries, although I can't say 100% since I haven't test it for sure. Here is another cupcake recipe where I used strawberries in the frosting. https://insidebrucrewlife.com/strawberry-cheesecake-cupcakes/ I hope that helps and you enjoy the cupcakes.
Here is another recipe where I did a blueberry buttercream 🙂 https://insidebrucrewlife.com/lemon-blueberry-cupcakes/
When making the frosting, are we supposed to use white or powdered sugar? Most frostings are made with powdered sugar but the recipe doesn’t specify. I just made it with white sugar and it does not taste like frosting at all!
If you continue reading the ingredient list you will see 3 cups of powdered sugar that you use in the frosting. The regular sugar is for coating the cranberries in which is described in the recipe as well. I hope that helps.
Ugh. How did I miss that?!! I’ve made it now with the correct sugar. Delicious and beautiful!!
I'm glad you were able to redo the frosting and enjoy the cupcakes!
These look beautiful! I am excited to try them. I do have one question. I can't seem to find the note for how much sugar to boil with the water to make the syrup. The ingredients list says 3/4 cup sugar, divided. But how much do I boil with the water and how much do I reserve for rolling the cranberries? Thanks!
Oh, my goodness. Thank you so much for letting me know that I missed that little detail in the recipe. You use 1/2 cup of the sugar for the syrup and roll in the remaining. I fixed the recipe too 🙂 I hope you enjoy the cupcakes!!
GORGEOUS cupcakes! Can't wait to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Question: Do you top the ganache filling with some of the cupcake core you removed or do you ice directly on top of the ganache?
Thank you so much! Lindsay definitely came up with an awesome combo in her book. I just let the chocolate ganache set up and frosted right on top of it. The extra cupcake centers just miraculously disappeared. LOL 🙂
These are seriously the prettiest cupcakes ever! I can't think of a better combination than cranberries and white chocolate, not only festive, but so delicious!
Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar
Jocelyn, these are SO GORGEOUS! Seriously perfect! I'm in love! Thank you so much for sharing them!
And I totally hear you - decorating for internet friends is the way to go! 🙂 Plus, I've gotten to meet new friends like you - yay!