Cranberry Cupcakes with Lemon Icing


Even though I often substitute with healthy ingredients in my baking, there are some things that you just don't change! A little treat never hurt...and these are good! I made them for Mother's Day and got rave reviews from the family. The icing is sweet (what icing isn't?), so if you prefer, you can serve them without it. They taste wonderful both ways!

Cranberry Cupcakes with Lemon Icing
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
24 cupcakes



  • 1 cup superfine sugar

  • cup butter, softened

  • 2 large eggs

  • 4 tablespoons milk

  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 ½ cups frozen cranberries


  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 lemon, zested (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

  2. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs, then stir in milk. Sift in flour and baking powder; use a metal spoon to fold into the batter. Gently fold in frozen cranberries.

  3. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until well risen and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool. Do not ice until completely cooled.

  5. Beat butter in a bowl until fluffy. Sift in confectioners' sugar, then add lemon juice and zest; beat icing until smooth and creamy. Spread or pipe icing over the cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
11g Fat
31g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 224mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 30mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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