The holiday season means it’s time for cranberry. Yum! This year Sprite is coming out with Sprite Cranberry! I was SO excited when I got an email about it! I loved various cranberry drinks last year, so I knew this was going to be amazing! When my friends with Coca-Cola offered to send me a few cans, I knew I wanted to do something fun with it.
Anyone can drink a can of soda and say how amazing it tastes (and it does taste amazing) but why not take it to the next level?
I did some research and found that you can mix a can of Sprite with a box of cake mix to make cupcakes. I HAD to try it. How does that even work? No idea…but I tried it…and it worked! The Sprite Cranberry (also works with regular Sprite) mixed with the cake mix gives it a light, airy taste, much like Angel Food Cake. It’s amazing.
I mixed a box of white cake mix and a can of the new Sprite Cranberry Zero. I mean, you have to use the Zero to cut down the calories, right? Maybe that means you can eat two cupcakes instead of just one….or maybe not, but you shouldn’t feel as guilty if you do eat an extra one. I won’t tell. I’ll leave it to you to decide.
You will begin to see Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero in stores very soon. Keep and eye out and stock up……you are going to love it, and who knows, maybe you’ll make up extra couple batches of cupcakes with it! Talk about the perfect thing to bring to family get-togethers and parties!
Sprite Cranberry Zero Cupcakes
- Box of White Cake Mix
- 1 can (12 oz) Sprite Cranberry Zero (or regular Sprite Cranberry)
- 2 Tbs Fresh Cranberry Sauce*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix cake mix and Sprite Cranberry Zero in a bowl until combined well. Fold in Fresh Cranberry Sauce until it is fully mixed. Fill cupcake pan (with cupcake liners) with about 1/4 cup of batter per cup.
Bake approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean. Remove from pan and allow to fully cool before frosting.
*To make Fresh Cranberry Sauce: In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a boil. Stir in 6oz fresh cranberries. Return to boil and reduce heat. Simmer approximately 10 minutes.
Cranberry Buttercream Frosting
- 1 lb Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 3 cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tbs Fresh Cranberry Sauce
- 1 Tbs Milk
In a large bowl, beat butter on medium with a mixer for several minutes. Reduce speed to slow and begin to add powered sugar, cup by cup. Be careful not to add too much too quickly or it will fly out all over your kitchen. When these have creamed together, add in cranberry sauce and milk. If your frosting it too runny, add extra powdered sugar. If it is too dry, add a little extra milk. Beat for 3 minutes.