Sunday, November 23, 2008

Iron Cupcake: Earth - CRANBERRY

Iron Cupcake: Earth - Cranberry

My Cupcake: White Chocolate Cranberry w/White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and a Spiced Cranberry Topping.

VOTE FOR ME: Starts on Sunday, November 30 at 8 pm Central @ and will be open through Friday, December 5 at 12 noon Central.

The Finished Cupcake

Let the Games Begin!
So, I racked my brain for a week on what I could make for this competition, but also could double as my contribution to Thanksgiving this year. Obviously, since cranberry is the theme, and it's very traditional Thanksgiving food, anything I made would be sufficient... I figured I'd see a ton of Cran-Orange, Cran-Pear, Cran-Apple... etc. So, I decided to just stick with the one fruit and let it stand out in the recipe. Yellow cake just didn't seem to be the best choice, so I decided to make a white chocolate cake for that rich sweet taste which will offset any tart cranberries.

Mix. Mix. Mix.

Stir in the dried Cranberries. Yum.

The Naked Cupcake

Again, I apologize for the quality of my photos. I'm still working on that new camera! Over all, the cupcakes taste amazing. I couldn't wait to dig into this one when I was finished with it's photo shoot. I made my dad test it too, and he loved it! It was the perfect mix of sweet and tart in all aspects of it, from the cake to the frosting, to the cranberry drizzle. Try the recipes all together, or mix and match as they are all so universal in baking, and for Thanksgiving!!

The Recipes

White Chocolate Cranberry Cupcakes

8 ounces white chocolate, melted
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups milk
1 cup dried cranberries

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line Cupcake pan with liners.

Sift together flour with the baking powder and salt.

Using a mixer, beat the butter and the sugar together until fluffy.

Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the vanilla.

Alternately beat in the dry ingredients and the milk in 2 additions.

Add the slightly cooled melted white chocolate until mixed in.

Fold in dried cranberries until even distrubted.

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly brown on top.

Let cool on baking rack.

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup unsalted butter, @ room temperature

4 0z white chocolate, melted, slightly cooled

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 cup powdered sugar

What to do:

Beat together Cream Cheese and Butter with an electric mixer until well mixed.

Add vanilla and melted white chocolate. Mix well.

Add powdered sugar gradually and mix well after each addition.

Place in fridge for 10 minutes.

You're ready to use!

Spiced Cranberry Sauce (Via Cooking Light Magazine)

1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Dash of ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes or until cranberries pop, stirring occasionally. Spoon into a bowl; cover and chill

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julie desmeules said...

Looks amazing!!

Adam said...

Nice cupcakes, cupcake :) They look really rich and decadent. Like dangerously so :)

Thanks for swinging by my blog. Yours is really cool, and I like your dog. If you want to have an awesome dog throw down let me know...

Snooky doodle said...

wow what a nice cupcake. I ve got tough competition it seems :) good luck

Cakebrain said...

Hey! that looks yummy! and the cranberry and white chocolate sounds like a perfect combination! Lovin' the spill-over with the spiced cranberry topping...mmmm.

Emily said...

I'll vote for you! They sound great.
I'm afraid you're going to have to remind me though. Don't let me forget!