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Cranberry Orange Cupcakes

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Cranberry Orange Cupcakes

It’s almost Thanksgiving, can you believe it? I love getting together with my family and sharing all the traditional dishes each year. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, yeast rolls and of course, cranberry sauce. Would you believe it if I told you that the cranberry sauce is my favorite part! I’m serious. I love, love, love it! The sweet and savory combo is the best.

 Then there’s dessert! Cranberry and orange go together so perfectly and remind me of the holidays. Today I’m sharing this delicious Cranberry Orange Cupcakes recipe with you. They’re made with fresh cranberries and get their lovely citrus flavor from orange zest and Sunkist®  TEN™ Soda. Then topped with a lowfat cream cheese frosting and sugared cranberries. Plus, they’re gluten free!

Cranberry Orange Cupcakes

These healthier Cranberry Orange Cupcakes are scrumptious and a beautiful addition to any holiday table.


The great thing about 7UP TEN® & Sunkist® TEN™ Soda is that there’s just 10 calories per serving, but with full flavor. Sunkist® TEN™ Soda is a wonderful addition to this recipe but also my son’s favorite beverage. He loves it! My daughter prefers 7UP TEN®.  They’re both available at Target and will definitely be on hand at our festive celebration this week!

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One of the things I love about this recipe is that you can mix it up by hand. You don’t need a mixer.

First you cream the butter and sugars together. I used equal amounts of stevia and organic cane sugar. Stir in four eggs and the zest from one large orange. Then you add the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in  ½  cup of Sunkist® TEN™ Soda until the batter is smooth. Fold in 1 cup of fresh cranberries.


Pour into a greased muffin pan. Bake at 375°F. for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.


Meanwhile, sugar the cranberries. See below for complete instructions.


Whip up the cream cheese frosting which is just lowfat cream cheese and a little bit of sugar. I did use an electric mixer for the frosting but you could also stir it together by hand if you wanted to.

Cranberry Orange Cupcakes

Pour the frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a  ½” round tip. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. You could also spread with a butter knife.

Cranberry Orange Cupcakes

Garnish with sugared cranberries and mint leaves, if desired.

Cranberry Orange muffins are tasty and so festive! They will look beautiful on your holiday dessert table and your guests will be so happy. They would even be great for breakfast!

Cranberry Orange Cupcakes


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons granulated stevia
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons organic cane juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups gluten free flour blend (recipe follows)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Sunkist® TEN™ Soda
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 orange, zested
  • FOR THE GLUTEN FREE FLOUR BLEND (mix and use 2 ¼ cup of the mixture for this recipe)
  • 2 cups (244g) brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup (60g) arrowroot
  • 1/3 cup (38g) tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • Whisk together all of the flour blend ingredients and store in an airtight container.
  • 12 ounces lowfat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more to coat the cranberries.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.


  1. For the muffins
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, add all of the dry ingredients. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and stevia by hand with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs and orange zest. Stir until combined. It will be a bit lumpy. Add the dry ingredients & Sunkist® TEN™ Soda. Stir just until smooth. Fold in 1 cup cranberries.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Let cool.
  6. Meanwhile make the sugared cranberries.
  7. In a large saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a simmer stirring until dissolved. Turn off the heat and add the cranberries tossing with a wooden spoon to coat. Allow the cranberries to sit in the simple syrup for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
  8. Allow the cranberries to dry for 20-30 minutes. Pour some sugar in a shallow dish and roll the cranberries in the sugar to coat completely. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment and allow to dry completely, approximately 1 hour.
  9. For the frosting
  10. With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until completely smooth. Place in a pastry bag with a ½" round tip and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
  11. Garnish with sugared cranberries and mint leaves, if desired.

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One Response to Cranberry Orange Cupcakes

  1. These cupcakes are so festive! And I love the little trick of adding Sunkist for the orange flavor. Thanks for the fun idea! #client