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Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

chocolate cranberry cupcakes

Don’t make your guests choose between cupcakes and cheesecake.  These cranberry syrup-filled chocolate sponge cake cupcakes are frosted with real cranberry cheesecake – cooked in a pot, chilled, and then spread on top of the cupcakes.  The cupcakes are decidedly decadent and just the thing to grace your holiday table.

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Chocolate Cranberry Cupcakes for Paula Deen

Don’t make your guests choose between cupcakes and cheesecake. These cranberry syrup-filled chocolate sponge cake cupcakes are frosted with real cranberry cheesecake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate cranberry cupcakes, chocolate sponge cake, cranberry cheesecake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 281kcal


Cranberry Syrup Ingredients

  • 10 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 6 eggs separated
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Cranberry syrup from above

Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ of the cranberries reserved from the cranberry syrup If you want to use all of the cranberries, double the frosting recipe and have leftover cheesecake to snack on.


Cranberry Syrup Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Simmer for twenty minutes.
  • Use a sieve to strain out the berries. Reserve both the syrup and berries.

Cupcake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat egg yolks thoroughly.
  • Gradually mix in sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Mix in water and vanilla.
  • Slowly mix in flour until just combined.
  • In another medium-sized bowl, beat egg whites until frothy.
  • Add cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat until soft peaks form.
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.
  • Evenly divide the batter between 12 cupcake liners, filling them almost to the top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.
  • Using a small paring knife, remove a cone shaped piece from the center of the cupcake.
  • Using a spoon or a turkey baster, fill the hole with cranberry syrup.
  • Replace the removed cupcake piece, cutting it to size if necessary. It will be covered with frosting so it doesn’t have to look pretty.
  • Optionally, drizzle any leftover cranberry syrup on top of the cupcakes.

Frosting Instructions

  • Directions
  • In a medium-sized saucepan, mix cream cheese, sugar, and eggs.
  • Heat on medium-high until the mixture comes to a boil, stirring regularly to smooth the mixture out.
  • Allow to boil for one minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cranberries.
  • Cool to room temperature.
  • Refrigerate for at least three hours, allowing the cheesecake to set.
  • Spread onto cooled cupcakes.


Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cranberry Cupcakes for Paula Deen
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 104mg4%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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7 comments on “Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake Cupcakes”

  1. Ivysays:

    Soooo Pretty! I lvoe anything cranberry!
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. I am so happy you brought up Paula Deen… I saw her on the Food Network special via apple tv cos I’m in Tokyo… and I really adore her accent…

    What a fab way to incorporate cranberry…

  3. Oo I’ve been looking for a good cranberry cupcake recipe for December..happy Thanksgiving to you and your fam!

  4. Joannasays:

    Wow, a festive cupcake – i don’t know why but chocolate and cranberries always make me feel festive! Delicious.

  5. Tinasays:

    That looks so creamy, thanks for the link. Can’t wait to get my hands on this!

  6. Joysays:

    Great cupcake. It looks great.

  7. Jenniesays:

    Anything Paula Deen, especially around the holidays is always a hit! These cupcakes sound so festive and yummy!

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