Friday, December 13, 2019

Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes

Perfect vanilla cupcakes with a white chocolate ganache filling, tart cranberry frosting, and sparkling cranberries!

Hear me out on this little "story"...when I was a kid, I had only experienced cranberries through the jellied cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. I just assumed that I didn't like cranberries. As an adult, I have tried new foods and foods that I previously thought I didn't like to see if I changed my mind. So now that I know I like cranberries, I'm trying to make all the cranberry things. These cupcakes are so great because they have the candied cranberries AND a white chocolate ganache filling. Honestly, what more could you ask for for a festive holiday treat?!

What you need:
For the sparkling cranberries:
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
For the cupcakes:
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
For the cranberry frosting:
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
For the white chocolate ganache:
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  2. For the sparkling cranberries: stir together 1/2 cup sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  3. Simmer until sugar dissolves then pour into a bowl and cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Add cranberries and stir to coat. Refrigerate overnight, stirring a couple times to coat with syrup.
  5. For the cupcakes: Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Add vanilla and sour cream. Mix until well combined.
  7. Add 1 egg white and mix until combined. Add remaining 2 egg whites and mix until combined. Scrape sides as needed.
  8. Add half the flour, half the baking powder, and half the milk. Mix until combined.
  9. Repeat with the remaining flour, baking powder, and milk.
  10. Pour into 12 cupcake liners in a muffin/cupcake pan.
  11. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Remove from oven and cool for 2 to 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.
  13. Remove the cranberries from the fridge and the syrup. Roll in 1/4 cup sugar. Do a little sugar in the bowl/plate at a time to prevent the sugar from all clumping up. Set aside to dry for about an hour.
  14. For the frosting: combine cranberries, water, and granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high for about 5 to 7 minutes or until cranberries begin to pop open. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  15. Place cranberries in a food processor or blender and puree. Strain in a fine mesh sieve.
  16. In a stand mixer bowl, cream together butter, shortening, and salt until smooth.
  17. Slowly add 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  18. Add 1/4 cup cranberry puree and mix until combined.
  19. Add remaining powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  20. For the ganache: put white chocolate chips and heavy cream into a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Heat for another 20 to 30 seconds and stir. Let sit for a few minutes and stir again. Let cool and thicken.
  21. Core the cupcakes and spoon ganache into the centers.
  22. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and top each cupcake with sugared cranberries.
Recipe from Inside BruCrew Life

For a great cranberry breakfast, these Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins are the way to go. They are perfect with little bites of tart cranberries! If you want to make a similar version of these cupcakes, this Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Bundt Cake from Life, Love, and Sugar looks so incredible.

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