Orange / Cranberry Cupcakes

What’s better than Orange / Cranberry Cupcakes? Delighting kids and parents alike. Put on the kettle and unwrap one of these beauties. Enjoy!


Makes 24

Ready In:




Good For:

Anytime of day or evening


About this Recipe

By: Landy Anderson 

A recipe for the convenience baker. Starting with a box of cake mix and doctoring it up so no one knows the better. Using fresh orange rind and orange marmalade – the aroma is guaranteed to bring you to a happy place. When you decorate these little cupcakes with parasol umbrellas – you scream FUN! A sure winner for kids and adults alike. A pool party favourite. 

Ingredients — Cupcakes

  • 1 pkg (510g) golden cake mix (Betty Crocker preferred)

  • 1 pkg (102g) instant vanilla pudding mix

  • 2 tsp grated orange rind (approx.1 orange)

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • ¼ cup orange marmalade

  • ¼ cup thawed frozen orange juice concentrate (no pulp)

  • 1 cup chopped frozen or fresh cranberries

  • 24 bright coloured baking cups

Ingredients — Frosting

  • 1 container (450g) vanilla frosting
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp thawed frozen orange juice concentrate (no pulp)
  • 2 drops red food color
  • 18 drops yellow food color

Ingredients — Decorations

  • 24 (150 ml/5 oz) plastic wine glasses

  • 24 cocktail parasol picks (umbrellas)

  • 24 coloured plastic straws

  • 24 red gummy candies (Swedish berries preferred)

Step by Step Instructions

Prepare/Bake Cupcakes
  1. Combine cupcake ingredients (except for cranberries).
  2. Beat for 2 minutes.
  3. Gently fold in cranberries last.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Place cupcake batter in baking cups until each cup is ¾ full.
  6. Bake for 21 minutes and cool on a wire rack. 
  7. Cool completely before frosting.
Prepare Frosting
  1. In a small bowl combine frosting, icing sugar, thawed frozen orange juice concentrate and food colouring
  1. Cut straws in half.
  2. Place each cupcake inside a wine glass.
  3. Frost cupcakes using a frosting gun.
  4. Insert straw and cocktail parasol.
  5. Top with a red gummy candy in the centre.

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