Day 119 – Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes

27 Nov

Okay.  I’m getting into the full swing of Thanksgiving baking now.  (Yes, I know I’ve been doing Pumpkin for quite some time, but…now it’s time to get really serious.)  Thanksgiving flavors already make some pretty amazing desserts, but I can’t say I’ve ever had a Thanksgiving Cupcake. And, I mean, a legit Thanksgiving flavor turned cupcake.

That’s all about to change.

Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe below from Carosello).  And, because it seems a fitting title, today’s book: Happiness TM by Will Ferguson.

Cranberry-Cupcake     Mini-Cranberry-Cupcake

The cupcakes are thick and a little on the dry side.  Look at how beautiful they are all by themselves – the cranberries and the white chocolate chips!  These are very interesting because there are so many aspects. The cranberries and very tart and juicy, which the white chocolate chips counter really nicely. The cake itself is sweet, but mostly just a blank slate for the other pieces.

White-Chocolate-Frosting

The frosting is thick and creamy.  It has a buttercream flavor, but with a nice hint of the white chocolate. It makes it seem a little less sugary than a typical buttercream.

WC-Cranberry-cupcake     Mini-WC-Cranberry

The first (and strongest) thing you get from these cupcakes is cranberries. They’re slightly too strong for my liking, cause the whole cupcake then seems very tart. Next time I would LOAD on the frosting and just do a dab of the cranberry “filling” in the middle. It would look equally as cute, but would balance the flavors a lot better. Overall though, a really tasty cupcake, especially for anyone who loves cranberries.

WC-Cranberry-cupcake-top     Mini-WC-Cranberry-top

Note: The full-sized cupcakes have an overall better flavor, but the minis aren’t bad at all.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4.5 (so original!)
  • Ease of Making: 3 (there are 3 parts, but none of them are even remotely difficult)
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe below from Carosello)

Ingredients:
6 ounces of white chocolate chips
3/4 cup of softened butter
1 cup of brown sugar
4 eggs
1/2 cup of cake flour
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of orange zest
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 1/4 cup of fresh cranberries

Frosting and Cranberry Topping:
1/2 can of whole cranberry jelly
1/4 cup of cranberry juice
2 tablespoons of sugar

8 ounces of white chocolate
1 cup of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons of milk
3-4 cups of powdered sugar (or until desired consistency)

For directions visit Carosello.

*Tomorrow: Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting*

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