Orange Cranberry Sauce Cupcakes

Adapted from I like cake blog. Great combination of creamy taste of  frosting and sour cranberry filling. And so autumn scent of spices.


Fall Spice Mix:

– 2 tsp. Ground Cloves
– 2 tsp. Cardamom
– 2 tsp. Cinnamon
– 2 tsp. Ground ginger
– 1 tsp. Nutmeg

Mix all spices together well

Orange Spice Cupcakes:

(Makes approximately 18-20 cupcakes)
– 10 Tbsp. softened butter
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 2 large eggs
– Grated zest of 2 oranges
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 3 tsp. baking powder
– 1/4 tsp. salt
– 2 tsp. Fall Spice Mix
– 1 cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine softened butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating for 30 sec. in between each addition. Mix in vanilla and orange zest.

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and Fall Spice Mix. Mix dry ingredients into the batter, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Do not mix more than necessary to incorporate the flour.

Line cupcake pans with paper liners and pour batter into the lined cups, filling about 3/4 of the way to the top.

Bake on a rack in the middle of the oven until a tester comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Move cupcake tray to a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then remove cupcakes to cool on the rack without the pan. Allow to cool before filling and icing.

Cranberry Sauce Filling:

– 1 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
– 1 large navel orange, segmented and chopped into pieces
– 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (more or less according to taste)
– 1 cup water
– 3/4 tsp. Fall Spice Mix

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and add 1 cup sugar, allow to dissolve.

Add the cranberries and the orange. Simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Add the Fall Spice Mix, and after it is incorporated, taste the sauce to determine whether to add more sugar. I like mine fairly sweet, so I added another 3/4 cup.

Continue to cook until the fruit all bursts and the sauce takes on a sort of gelatinous quality. Mine cooked for about 30-35 minutes total. The sauce will thicken up a bit when cooled.

To fill cupcakes:

Puree desired amount of cranberry sauce in a blender or food processor until fairly smooth.

With a sharp knife, cut a wedge out of the top of the cupcake. Cut off the inner end of the wedge, keeping the top intact. Use a small spoon to mostly fill the hole in the cupcake with cranberry filling. Replace the top of the cupcake.

I used mascarpone and sugar powder for Frosting.

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