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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. | stressbaking.com

Cranberry Bliss Cupcakes

5 from 3 votes
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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes

  • 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

Frosting

  • 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

Instructions
 

Cupcakes

  • 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.

Frosting

  • 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!

Nutrition

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
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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