IC: Earth – Crantini Cupcakes

My Iron Cupcake Earth Recipe for Cran-Vanilla {Crantini} Cupcakes with and Lime-Vodka Frosting. 

Cran-Vanilla Cupcakes

{makes 3 dozen small/regular size)



  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup superfine {berry} sugar
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 1 cup Vanilla Yogurt
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • Zest of 1 large lime

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin tins with cupcake papers.

In a small bowl, combine the flours and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl ( with a stand mixer preferably) cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy for 3 minutes (I would suggest timing this as it does make a difference, you want the butter to be light and airy). Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the dry ingredients alternating with the yogurt and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but make sure to not overbeat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended.

Using a spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the cranberries and lime zest until just mixed.

Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, about 1/4 cup, filling them about 3/4 fu

ll. I had to use my large wilton muffin pan, and two smaller ones to make all the cupcakes!

Bake about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. You should always start with the lesser time, and then add more if need be.

Once they are baked, let them cool in the muffin tins for about 10 minutes, and then lift them to cool completely onto cooling racks. You can frost them with the vodka buttercream, or if you want to use regular icing you can also brush the tops of the cupcakes once cooled with vodka to soak in!

Frost with Vodka-Lime Buttercream (See Below)

It came in handy that I had to make cupcakes because I was actually going to a 50th birthday party the night I made these! Which was good because there was about 3 dozen!


Needless to say the kitchen was a huge mess afterward, but I sweetened the deal with a cupcake!


I thought I’d share some pictures of the photo shoot. Thanks to Jordan for setting it all up for me. Helps that he is a graphic designer/photographer and has all the proper supplies, ie: light box, digital SLR, Tripod etc etc. That’s what Bf’s are for! =)

Jordan working away! I let him eat a few as we we went!


11 Comments on IC: Earth – Crantini Cupcakes

  1. Joan Nova
    November 23, 2008 at 3:55 PM (6 years ago)

    Very elegant and creative presentation. I enjoyed the look ‘behind-the-scene’.

  2. Alicia
    November 23, 2008 at 7:36 PM (6 years ago)


  3. ingrid
    November 25, 2008 at 8:41 AM (6 years ago)

    Your cupcakes look FANTASTIC! The decorations are nicely done. Wish I could have had a taste of that frosting along with a cupcake.

    Good luck and thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Alicia
    November 25, 2008 at 11:42 AM (6 years ago)

    Thanks Ingrid! I would send you one if I could! I’m excited for the contest to start =) Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  5. Jenn Sedor
    November 29, 2008 at 5:04 AM (6 years ago)

    Hey! I am so excited about this recipe! I can’t wait to try it… but… the link to your frosting recipe is coming up with a not found message. Egad!

  6. Alicia
    November 29, 2008 at 9:08 PM (6 years ago)

    Im glad you like them! I hope you enjoy!!

  7. Jas
    February 12, 2009 at 8:01 PM (6 years ago)

    Good job alicia!! they lookk sooo good i want them now lol!

  8. Tallulah
    February 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM (5 years ago)

    OMG! I LOVED this post. A complete jewel that I ran across here. ;) ♥

  9. Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden
    December 27, 2012 at 7:34 AM (2 years ago)

    Very elegant looking cupcakes, and very tasty,too.I’ve featured your Crantini Cupcakes on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.


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