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Mini Cranberry Chocolate Upside-Down Cakes

I hope you have enjoyed the holiday cookie baking spree I’ve been having lately. I’m moving on to other things, although I still have some cookies to share with you this season. But, today, we move on to something else synonymous with holiday baking – cranberries!

Specifically, we’re talking cranberries, white chocolate, and chocolate chips baked into tiny upside-down cakes. All of that chocolate makes them sweet, and the cranberries offer both sweet and tart. And don’t you just love mini desserts?

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You may remember that earlier this year I spent some time in Nashville at the Southern Baking Retreat, thanks to Martha White and White Lily. Since that wonderful trip, I’ve talked a lot about all the biscuits we baked. But, one of the other fun things we did was come up with ways to use Martha White muffin mixes in creative ways.

These little cakes use chocolate chip muffin mix as a shortcut ingredient. It makes mixing these up so quick and easy. And, the combination of flavors is simply delicious. On top of all that, these look so elegant on a dessert tray.

Mini Cranberry Chocolate Upside-Down Cakes

Yield 12 mini cakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

These individually-portioned cakes are moist and tender, with the perfect balance of sweet-and-tangy flavors.

Mini Cranberry Chocolate Upside-Down Cakes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 & 1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen & thawed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 7.4-ounce packages Martha White Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix
  • sweetened whipped cream and cocoa powder, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 12 standard-sized muffin cups.*
  2. Spoon 2 teaspoons of melted butter into each cup. Divide white chocolate chips and cranberries evenly among muffin cups.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, milk, sugar, and almond extract. Stir in muffin mix. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Place a large cutting board or baking sheet over muffin pan. Invert pan to remove the cakes. Serve warm topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder.


*You can also bake these in mini Bundt pans, although it will make 15 or 16 cakes instead of 12. Just fill the mini Bundt cups about 2/3 full. 

Recipe from Martha White.

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    10 Comments on “Mini Cranberry Chocolate Upside-Down Cakes”

  1. Oh yum, what gorgeous little cakes!

  2. I’m pretty sure we don’t have those mixes in the Portland Oregon area but maybe somewhere. Too bad it isn’t a scratch mix–looks like a great mix. I’m sure it will be a great one for flavors and convenience now that things are really getting busy for Christmas. Thanks, Jennifer.

    • Linda, you can probably substitute another muffin mix of similar size.

      • I did discover Martha White mixes at Fred Meyer’s (Kroger’s) last night but not the one mentioned. Guess we do have them in the area. I’ll have to look at other stores to see if someone has the type mentioned. I looked at other brands but didn’t see that flavoring. Thanks, Jennifer.

  3. These are the cutest little cakes! Cranberries are so Christmas-y.

  4. Cute! I wanted to make mini up-side-down fruit cakes, but haven’t gotten around to it yet, ah!

  5. Love how quick and easy these are. No one would ever know!

  6. So these basically have ALL THE GOOD CHRISTMAS-SY THINGS in them. Good. I thought so.

  7. Hi, I would like to know what kind of pan you used, this looks so gorgeous! Can wait to make them!! 😀

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