Sweet Cranberry Cupcakes

Buttery and moist, these sweet cranberry cupcakes are heavy on the flavor and bursting with cranberries in each bite.

I don’t know what it is about cranberries but they seem to be a big part of the holidays! I have a new found love for them and have enjoyed the new recipe possibilities this season. In the past, when I thought of cranberries,


I just thought it was just a can of goop that you opened and placed on the table for decoration. Boy, was I wrong! These little gems are so amazing that they will become your new holiday tradition!



Ingredients: click to print

1 white cake mix
1 small box of cheesecake instant pudding
4 egg whites
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt

2 cups heavy whipping cream 
1/3 cup instant cheesecake pudding mix- dry
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup cranberries, minced
Glitter cranberries- recipe below



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with liners.
  • Combine all the ingredients together until fluffy and smooth.
  • Fill liners about 2/3 full of batter. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the cupcakes bounce back by touch.
  • Let cool.
  • Frosting: Combine heavy cream, pudding mix, and powdered sugar in a large bowl and whip until the frosting starts to thicken.
  • Add the cranberries to the frosting and whip for another 30 seconds or until stiff peaks form.
  • Frost the cupcakes and then add your glitter cranberries!

Glitter cranberries:

2 cups of water
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup of sugar







  • Combine water and 2 cups sugar in a pan and heat on medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 2 to 3 minutes. Do not let it boil, just bring it to a simmer.
  • Add the cranberries to the pan and stir until the cranberries are well coated. Let them set in the water for 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Place the cranberries onto a piece of parchment paper. Make sure to keep them separated. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  •  Roll the cranberries in the 1 cup sugar.












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16 thoughts on “Sweet Cranberry Cupcakes”

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  2. I made these today and this recipe is AMAZING!! I had to add another 1/4 cup of milk to the batter because it was a little too thick but the result was fantastic the cupcakes were so soft and felt like a cloud. Would recommend this to everyone!

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