Almond-Cranberry Cupcakes

These deliciously moist cupcakes combine the sweetness of marzipan with the tartness of fresh cranberries, making them perfect for Christmas.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
12 cupcakes


  • ¾ cup halved fresh cranberries

  • 2 tablespoons self-rising flour

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 7 ounces marzipan

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 large eggs

  • ½ cup self-rising flour


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

  2. Pat cranberries dry with paper towels. Combine with 2 tablespoons flour in a small bowl and toss until coated.

  3. Chop up butter and marzipan and place in the bowl of a food processor. Add sugar and blend until fairly smooth, scraping the sides as needed to get it all mixed. Mix in almond and vanilla extracts. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Mix in 1/2 cup flour just briefly until incorporated. Mix in cranberries.

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

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Notes:

Make sure butter and marzipan are at room temperature.

The tops of the cupcakes will rise a fair bit during baking, but once they are cooled, the tops settle down again, so don't worry if they look too puffy in the oven.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

197 Calories
12g Fat
20g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 197
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 104mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 53mg 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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