Turkey Cranberry Cupcakes

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Turkey Cranberry Cupcakes Turkey Cranberry Cupcakes Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 18 servings
Difficulty: Easy

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For the Cupcakes:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup plain yogurt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cranberry sauce
1 cup dried cranberries
18 thinly sliced pieces of turkey

For the Maple Buttercream Frosting:
Note: Depending on how fat a swirl you want on your cupcakes, you may need to double this recipe.
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
¼ cup maple syrup


For the Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 325 F.
Whisk flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.
Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Beat eggs, yogurt, and vanilla into the butter/sugar mixture until blended.
Mix in cranberry sauce.
Fold in flour mixture until just combined.
Fold in dried cranberries
Place one slice of turkey in each well of the cupcake tin. Often, turkey slices will have small holes in them; make sure that any holes in the slices are not at the bottom or sides of the cupcake tin.
Spoon batter into the turkey, as shown in the photo.
Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you put this recipe into a normal cupcake liner sans turkey, it will bake in about 30 minutes.

For the Maple Buttercream Frosting:
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Mix in maple syrup.

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Hi Claudia, These turkey slices are pre-cooked. Thanks for visiting out web site, here at Paula's we hope you keep trying our delicious recipes!

By Anonymous on May 14, 2013


Are the turkey slices raw or cooked? I could not figure this out. The final product looks delightful.

By Claudia on May 13, 2013


Hi Debbie Wahl, Thanks for trying this recipe! For the cranberry sauce, I would advice to use the jellied kind. Since you're adding already whole cranberries. Thanks for visiting the Paula Deen web site. Here at Paula Deen we encourage you to keep on trying our delicious recipes.

By Anonymous on March 19, 2013


With your turkey cranberry cupcake recipe "cranberry sauce" is a listed ingredient. Is this jellied or whole cranberry sauce? Thanks in advance for clarification.

By Debbie Wahl on March 14, 2013


Paula, I really miss seeing your show. We got one of them for a while on Food Network UK, but not in quite a while now. Could you please urge them to start airing your shows again. I did get to meet you at a book signing in Hurst, Texas years ago. I bought the very last one of your books in the store and stood in line for two hours, but it was worth it. You're a grand gal and I really miss seeing you. Thanks. Cheryl Clair Co. Tipperary Republic of Ireland

By irishfancy on January 25, 2013


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