Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching…seriously, where did November go? I wasn’t planning on necessarily making any Thanksgiving cupcakes but we were having a potluck at work so of course I was going to bring cupcakes. Knowing that someone was already bringing a pumpkin dessert…pumpkin cheesecake which was amazing!…I started racking my brain for something that would be Thanksgivingish. Cranberries! And orange with cranberry is a match mead in heaven!
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 Tsp. salt
- 1 Tsp. baking powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- zest and juice of one orange
- 2 cups fresh cranberries tossed with 1 Tbsp. flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cupcake tins with 24 liners.
- Beat eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in sugar and mix until well incorporated and light yellow in color.
- Add in oil and make sure to mix until well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add into the egg, sugar, and oil mixture and alternate with the milk until well combined. Then add in orange juice and zest and mix well.
- Gently fold in fresh cranberries.
- Divide batter among the cupcake liners and bake for 23-25 minutes or until golden brown and the tops are springy to the touch.
- 1 stick of butter at room temperature
- 8 oz. of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Mix together butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer
- Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed
- Mix in vanilla extract until smooth
The bitterness of the cranberries mostly cooks out but gives it enough flavor to pair nicely with the sweetness of the batter and the orange. This cupcake pairs very nicely with the mostly neutral flavor of the cream cheese frosting. But I did consider making a spiced version of the frosting with cinnamon and a bit of ginger which would probably go well. Whatever you choose for the frosting, these will make a great end to a Thanksgiving or holiday meal.