Cranberry Cupcakes with Mocha Buttercream
This recipe makes 18 standard sized cupcakes or 3-7" Layers. If you only have 8" layers, just divide the batter between the 2-8" pans for thinner layers.
I am using The Plant Based Egg by Freely Vegan for the egg replacer as it is my favorite & I use it in 90% of all my bakes now, but if you cannot get that you can sub in another proprietary blend egg replacer in same quantity, results may differ.
If you do not have cardamom, you can leave it out.
Serves: 18
  • For the Cranberry Cake:
  • All Purpose Flour1¾ cup (220g)
  • The Plant Based Egg~ Egg Replacer by Freely Vegan 3 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon 2 teaspoons
  • Cardamom 2 teaspoons
  • Baking Powder 3 teaspoons
  • Salt 1 teaspoons
  • Fresh or Frozen cranberries 6 ounces approx 1¼ cup
  • Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons
  • Plant Milk *I am using soy milk 1 cup (237ml)
  • Granulated Sugar 1 cup (200g)
  • Vegetable Oil 9 Tablespoons (135ml)
  • Orange Zest 2 teaspoons from approximately 1 medium orange
  • Chocolate Chips *optional 1 cup
  • For the Mocha Buttercream:
  • 1 recipe Your Favorite Buttercream
  • Cocoa Powder 1 Tablespoon
  • Instant Coffee Granules 1 Tablespoon
  • Hot Water 2 Tablespoons (30ml)
  • For the Cranberry Compote:
  • 1 16ounce bag Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • Granulated Sugar 1½ cup (300g)
  • Cranberry or Apple Juice or Wine ¾ cup (180ml)
  • Water ½ cup (120ml)
  • Star Anise Pods 5
  • Cinnamon 2 teaspoons
  • Orange Zest and Juice from 1 large orange
  1. Combine all the ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) together in a food processor or blender and blend until everything is evenly distributed and smooth batter.
  2. Fold in the chocolate chips
  3. Portion into lined cupcake molds filling them ¾ of the way to the top and bake immediately in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 20-25 minutes or when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs
  4. Prepare the cranberry compote by combining all the ingredients together in a medium heavy bottom sauce pot over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. Remove the anise pods and then with a hand blender puree the sauce to a chunky compote, the cranberry sauce will thicken significantly and gel as it cools.
  7. Prepare the mocha paste for the buttercream by combining the cocoa powder & the coffee granules with the hot water, whisk smooth, cool to room temperature
  8. Prepare the buttercream as per the recipe instructions on that blog post and at the last stage of mixing add the cooled mocha paste
  9. Hollow out the centers of the cooled cupcakes and stuff with 1 Tablespoons of the cooled compote, then ice with the buttercream
Cranberry cupcakes can be stored at room temperature for up to 4 days
Recipe by Gretchen's Vegan Bakery at