After tasting these cranberry-orange cupcakes you will never want to eat other kinds of cupcakes again!


Recipe Summary

35 mins
3 hrs 25 mins
4 hrs 40 mins
40 mins
20 cupcakes


Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix together 2/3 cup sugar and orange zest in a bowl. Allow to sit at room temperature until sugar is infused with orange flavor, about 3 hours.

  • Combine orange juice concentrate and 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring continuously, until thoroughly combined and thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let orange syrup cool to room temperature.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a bowl.

  • Combine butter and orange zest-sugar mixture in a large bowl; mix with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in yogurt and eggs until blended. Alternately fold in flour mixture and 2/3 cup of the orange syrup (that should be pretty much all of the syrup) in 3 additions, beginning and ending with flour. Fold in nuts and dried cranberries.

  • Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool, about 20 minutes.

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat to make the icing. Add 1/2 cup cranberry sauce and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and continue to boil, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add milk and bring to a boil again, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.

  • Gradually add sifted powdered sugar to icing. Beat with an electric mixer until thick enough to spread, adding a little hot water if icing is too thick.

  • Spread frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and let it harden just a bit. Pipe a ring of cranberry sauce around the edge of each cupcake and sprinkle with orange zest for some added color.

Cook's Note:

I would highly recommend sifting the powdered sugar for the icing. It's such a pain to sift, but it ensures that the frosting will be extra smooth.

Nutrition Facts

312 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 49.9g; fat 11.9g; cholesterol 43.6mg; sodium 155.1mg. Full Nutrition