Looking for a refreshing dessert this holiday season? Make a batch of these White Chocolate Cranberry Poke Cupcakes. Sugared cranberries add the finishing touch to these heavenly Christmas cupcakes!
Love cranberry season? Bake up a delicious Cranberry Cheesecake for the holidays this year. Perfect with those fresh sugared cranberries.
This is not your ordinary Christmas cupcake recipe. These cupcakes are just a little more elegant than what you’d find at a kid’s classroom Christmas party.
- Simple jello poke cake (in a cupcake form).
- Smooth white chocolate cream cheese frosting.
- Starts with a boxed mix for easy treat making.
If you’re tired of the same old christmas cookies, change up your desserts this year!
- White cake mix – You’ll need a box of layer cake sized mix (for 2 layers). If preferred, you can substitute your favorite homemade white cupcake recipe.
- Instant Cranberry JELL-O – or any brand of instant cranberry flavored gelatin. Swap out the JELL-O flavors to change up the flavor of these (raspberry, orange and strawberry would be delicious ).
- White chocolate – I use the Baker’s white chocolate baking bars in the frosting. If needed, you can substitute other white chocolate bars or use white chocolate chips.
- Cranberries – Use fresh (not frozen) cranberries to make the sugared cranberry topping.
Step by Step Instructions
STEP 1. Bake the cupcakes
Bake the cupcakes according to package directions. Take them out of the oven and immediately poke holes in the top of each cupcake with a fork.
STEP 2. Make JELL-O
Combine boiling water with the JELL-O mix and stir. Spoon the hot JELL-O mixture over the cupcakes. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
STEP 3. Frosting
Melt the white chocolate according to the package directions. Beat the cream cheese and butter in a separate bowl, then add the white chocolate, vanilla and powdered sugar, beating until fluffy and smooth.
Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes in your desired pattern.
The cranberries, with their snow-dusted look, add the perfect finishing touch to these Christmas desserts. Be sure to get them ready the day before so you’re ready to add a sweet garnish to your white chocolate cupcakes!
One more tip: If you’re making a fruit platter this holiday, I suggest making these sugared cranberries to sprinkle around the platter. Not only are they festive and pretty to look at, they’re simply delicious too!
I made my cupcakes at the same time as the sugared cranberries. Then refrigerated both overnight. Technically the cupcakes only need about an hour or two in the fridge, but if you want to make them the night before, it works great!
I only used 3 cranberries to garnish each one. Then, I was left with plenty of extra cranberries to put in a bowl and enjoy as a snack!
Keep your frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The frosting may harden slightly, but it will taste amazing!
MORE Cake Recipes:
- Carrot Cake Recipe
- Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Peanut Butter Cake
- White Cake with Cranberry Filling
- Coconut Cake
- Pudding Cake
- Chocolate Eclair Cake
Beautiful cupcakes! I love the addition of the cranberries on top of the frosting.
Very cute cupcakes!. Amazing pictures too 🙂
Those cranberries… I DIE! PINNED! 🙂
haha, thanks for pinning Betsy!!
These cupcakes are just SO pretty!! The bright colors, the cute cranberries, all of that frosting… May I eat half a dozen? Pretty please? If I offer to do the dishes? 😉 Pinned!
Do the dishes? SOLD!!! 🙂
Sweet!! Buying a plane ticket now! 😉
This is such a fun and gorgeous cupcake! The sugared cranberries are so pretty on top of that silky frosting!
These are the cutest cupcakes! 🙂
These are definitely the ultimate holiday cupcake! I totally want to just grab all those gorgeous sugary cranberries of the tops of these cupcakes!
I can’t get over how beautiful these are!
These look so yummy Aimme! And yay for family dinner sundays. Those are the best! Pinned@
These are such a great idea, Aimee, and they’re gorgeous! I just love those sugared cranberries on top!
Definitely NOT to early. Bring it on! Love these festive cupcakes!
I love the combination of fresh cranberries and white chocolate, and making poke cupcakes instead of a regular poke cake is genius!
I have never thought of putting a poke cake into a cupcake, I love that twist!
I don’t think the sugared cranberries would last long enough to make it on the cupcakes! Pinned.
These could not be more perfect. You put all those swanky cupcake chains to shame, Aimee!
These cupcakes are GORGEOUS! I just LOVE those sugar frosted cranberries – so festive!
I love the looks of these…the cupcakes, the frosting. And those sugared berries!! Is it wrong that I just want to pluck them all off? 🙂 Pinned!
Not wrong at all 🙂 It’s a good thing it makes a whole extra bowl of sugared berries, just for snacking! Thanks for pinning Averie!!