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High Tea Cupcakes – Orange Cranberry Scones Baked in Teacups

These high tea cupcakes are really scones, but since I literally baked them in a cup, I decided it was legit to call them cupcakes. It’s my blog, so I can do what I want.

I love that scones aren’t quite as sweet as most cakes. I used to think that they were less caloric than other baked goods, but I was deceived. They are loaded with butter and cream and worth every single calorie you’ll get from them!

These high tea cupcakes are made with dried cranberries and flavored with a hint of orange, but you could just as easily make them with chocolate chips, raisins, or currants. For extra pizazz, they can be topped with some jam and clotted cream.

If you don’t have oven-safe teacups, you can bake the same recipe as scones (by putting balls of dough directly onto an oiled cookie sheet) or as traditional cupcakes (in cupcake tins) as shown above.

Either way, they are sure to disappear!

High Tea Cupcake Recipe

I got the recipe for these high tea cupcakes from Barefoot Contessa. I modified her scone recipe to bake in teacups. I also added some orange extract to kick up the orange flavor a bit and decreased the amount of salt (I’m not a big salt fan). Below is my modified version of her recipe.

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Orange Cranberry Scones Baked in Teacups

High tea orange cranberry scones baked in teacups
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry orange scone recipe, cranberry orange scones
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 493kcal
Author Stef


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 3/4 pound unsalted butter cold, diced
  • 4 extra-large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream cold
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest.
  • Add the cold butter and mix at the lowest speed until the butter is the size of peas.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, heavy cream, and orange extract.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the wet mixture into the flour and butter mixture.
  • Mix until just blended. The dough will look lumpy!
  • Mix the cranberries into the batter.
  • Using your hands (it's more fun this way), make balls of dough that will fill your teacups about 3/4 full. (Make sure the teacups are oven safe!)
  • Drop the balls of dough in the cups.
  • Place cups on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 F for about 20 minutes or until the tops are slightly browned.


Nutrition Facts
Orange Cranberry Scones Baked in Teacups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 228mg10%
Potassium 292mg8%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1080IU22%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Special Thanks

Special thanks to Lori and Rob for loaning me the teacups (don’t tell … they are actually espresso cups, but close enough).

High Tea Treats

I’m excited to enter these cupcakes in Meeta’s Monthly Mingle. The theme this month is High Tea Treats.

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