Tuesday, December 15, 2009

White Chocolate Cranberry Cupcakes

White Chocolate Cranberry Cupcakes

I LOVE cupcakes.
I like to look at them.
I like to smell them.
(that's all I can do right now)
They make me happy.

Cupcakes are a reflection of all that is good in the world.

I know that's a bit dramatic, but it's true.

That's all I'm sayin'.

I wish I could give you a first hand review of these cupcakes, but I can't, since I'm sugar-free.
I will tell you that after I made them, I teared up a little that I couldn't eat one.
Aaron moaned when he ate his.
Even Glenco mentioned how good they were, and he's not like that about sweets.

I smelled them. A lot.

I went to bed last night dreaming of floating on magic carpets of bacon, and sleeping on cupcake pillows in a land where it snowed powdered sugar.


White Chocolate-Cranberry Cupcakes
(adapted from Baker’s Chocolate)
6 (1 ounce) squares white baking chocolate
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
6 tablespoons orange juice, divided
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake tins with liners. Chop 6 of the chocolate squares and set aside. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, orange peel, and 3 tablespoons of the orange juice; mix well. Add flour and baking powder; beat until well blended. Fold in chopped chocolate and the cranberries.Bake approximately 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes to wire rack. Cool completely.

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 (1 ounce) squares white baking chocolate, melted
3 tablespoons orange juice
3-4 cups powdered sugar
Beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Mix in white chocolate. Mix in orange juice and powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Pipe or smear onto cupcakes.

Store tightly covered in a cool place.


  1. Oohhhh yes.. now that's what I'm talking about. I adore chocolate mixed with orange, peppermint or cranberries! Yahooooo ie..

    Okies okies, I wonder if I can do these in mini muffie form.. bite size.

    I'll have to reduce the baking time and maybe add some orange infused cranberries from Trader Joes.

    Thanks my dear!


  2. Thanks for a great recipe. Our kids will be here over Christmas and I definately will try these...probably for breakfast...hey it has oj and cranberries in it so it's healthy!

  3. I feel for you. How can you possibly bake and not indulge? I couldn't do it. Go you!!!

  4. I just wanted to tell you how I look forward to your daily words. They make me smile and think and wonder.... Thank you for letting me view your life!

  5. Oh how special, another cupcake recipe to add to the collection !
    They sound so good,bet they didn't last long.
    Just was wondering if you wore your cupcake apron when making them ?
    Thanks for the baking spot from your cupcake buddy.

  6. I love anything with cranberry in it! I love frosting with cream cheese in it. I know I will love those cupcakes! Thanks. Yummy-yummy! Ummm-good...

  7. they look yummy, jayme! looks like your keeping Christmas cheer alive in indiana!!! you're just a cutie!

  8. Jayme - Way to go! I commend your willpower. Aren't you glad that there's no calories involved with just smelling the goodies. Your recipe looks delightful. I'm adding it to my box. As for your dream, I think you may have described heaven. There's just got to be bacon there.

  9. There would be no way in the world I could have these in my home and not eat them. You must have a strong resolve. If so, will you send some of it down here to me.

  10. I seriously need your willpower! Right now there are temptations everywhere and I'm having such a hard time saying "no". Must. stay. strong.

  11. These look delicious. I am book-marking this recipe for next week when I hopefully have 15 minutes to bake something for Christmas. Neat blog.

  12. A fantastic cook who obviously is trying her best not to eat it. Oh girl, I don't know how on earth you do it.

  13. Dear Lord, why would you torture yourself like that? I can't do any eating plan that tells me something is off limits because that becomes the only thing in the entire world that I want or can think about.

  14. "I went to bed last night dreaming of floating on magic carpets of bacon, and sleeping on cupcake pillows in a land where it snowed powdered sugar."

    Jayme you should write a book-seriously!!! I am going to post it on my facebook...and of course credit it to YOU!!

  15. I don't know how you do it but I pray you make it through the holidays.
    I baked cream cheese cookies and before I realized what I was doing I had 2 in my mouth.


  16. Oh wow. I would've teared up too....and dreamed of bacon. Btw, my hubby (who's watching his salt) tells me bacon has less salt than sausage. It will prolly take 10 years instead of only 9 to give you a heart attack.

  17. I think i would die without sugar. You are very brave! But it is frosty cold out your way now, so soup is all the go! Good Luck.


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