Cranberry Bliss Cupcakes
My favorite Starbucks treat turned into a cupcake! Blondie cupcakes packed with white chocolate and cranberries, topped with a sweet, tangy white chocolate cream cheese frosting.
- 1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cold
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 6 ounces white chocolate chips, melted
- Dried cranberries, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon together. Set aside.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave.
In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add in egg, milk, yogurt, vanilla and orange extracts and whisk together until combined.
Add in dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Fold in cranberries and white chocolate chips until just combined - don't overmix!
Pour batter into cupcake liners, filling them all the way to the top. Bake for 20-23 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.
In a large bowl with a stand or hand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add butter and beat until smooth and creamy.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate chips in the microwave. Set aside to cool a little.
Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and grated orange peel and beat until combined.
Pour in half of the melted white chocolate and beat until well combined.
Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes however you'd like. Top them with dried cranberries and drizzle with the rest of the melted white chocolate. Enjoy!
Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 780IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1mg