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Cranberry Gingerbread Cupcakes

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I’m all about flavor combinations. This season, I wanted to take something tart with something that has a kick. Cranberry is tart and gingerbread has the kick – and holy moly, you guys. These are amazing! It’s such a fun mix of flavors, it might be my favorite for the holiday season!

WHAT YOU NEED:

Gingerbread Cupcakes

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs

Filling

  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce

Cranberry Buttercream

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter (softened)
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup jellied cranberry sauce

MAKE THEM:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prep your cupcake tin with liners

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Mix the spices for the cake, then add to yellow cake mix powder and mix again.

Add remaining ingredients to the batter, add eggs one at a time. Stir until just combined.

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter.

Bake 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely, then core the centers of each, saving the top of the core.

Fill each center with the whole berry cranberry sauce, then replace the core.

Cranberry Buttercream

Beat room temperature butter for 4 minutes on medium high.

Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.

Add vanilla, and mix.

Add cranberry sauce and beat another 3 minutes on medium high.

Frost your cupcakes, and top with sugared cranberries, dried cranberries, or crushed gingerbread cookies!

Sugared Cranberries – Put 1/2 cup sugar + 1/2 cup water in a medium sauce pan and cook on medium, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Move to wire baking rack to dry for 1 hour. Roll cranberries in more sugar and let dry.

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5 from 5 votes

Cranberry Gingerbread Cupcakes

The perfect holiday flavor combination in a cute little cupcake!

Ingredients

Gingerbread Cupcakes

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs

Filling

  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce

Cranberry Buttercream

  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup jellied cranberry sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prep your cupcake tin with liners

Gingerbread Cupcakes

  • Mix the spices for the cake, then add to yellow cake mix powder and mix again.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the batter, add eggs one at a time. Stir until just combined.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter.
  • Bake 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely, then core the centers of each, saving the top of the core.
  • Fill each center with the whole berry cranberry sauce, then replace the core.

Cranberry Buttercream

  • Beat room temperature butter for 4 minutes on medium high.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  • Add vanilla, and mix.
  • Add cranberry sauce and beat another 3 minutes on medium high.
  • Frost your cupcakes, and top with sugared cranberries, dried cranberries, or crushed gingerbread cookies!

Sugared Cranberries - Put 1/2 cup sugar + 1/2 cup water in a medium sauce pan and cook on medium, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Move to wire baking rack to dry for 1 hour. Roll cranberries in more sugar and let dry.

    Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

    9 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      I have never heard of these and now I so want to make them. I love how they are decorated too so pretty thanks for sharing.

    2. 5 stars
      These are new to me but what a clever recipe. I think that these just might be my new holidays cupcake recipe.

    3. These cupcakes are so festive and I love that flavor combination.

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