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How to make Cranberry Muffins and Cranberry Upside Down Muffins

Updated on August 4, 2014
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Nell loves cooking and trying out new recipes. She studied at night school for her diploma in baking many years ago.

5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Muffins Straight From the Oven

Cranberries are not only a lovely tasting fruit, they also have medical qualities. And they are full of Vitamin C.

But we don't want to know that! The most important thing is how tasty they are! I discovered Cranberry Muffins a while ago. I always bought the obvious ones, like chocolate or berry. Then, one day I was browsing through the shop and saw them. So I decided to give them a try.

Now I am hooked. But like anything else they can be quite expensive. So I decided to give it a try to make my own. Well, to be honest the first batch didn't come out so well, but being known for my stubbornness I tried again. And the result was delicious! Even if I do say so myself! Well they say all great cooks try their own food. Not that I am a great cook, but at least I haven't burned the house down just yet!

Here's the Recipe

Before you start, always preheat the oven. This will make sure that when you place the muffins in to cook, they will not start to sink before the oven gets hot. Then, line 12 deep muffin tins with paper cases.


350g/12oz/or 3 Cups of Plain Flour

15ml/1 tsp Baking Powder

A Pinch of Salt

115g/4oz/ or 1/4 cup of Caster Sugar (very fine sugar)

2 Eggs

150ml/ or 1/4 pint/ or 2/3 cup of Milk

50ml/2fl oz/ or 4tbsp Corn Oil

Finely grated rind of 1 Orange

150g/5oz Cranberries

Makes 12



Mix the flour and baking powder, then add salt and caster sugar together.

In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs with the milk and oil.

Then add to the dry ingredients and and blend to make a smooth batter.

Stir in the orange rind and Cranberries.

Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 25 minutes until the muffins are are risen and golden.

Leave to cool in the tins for a few moments, and serve warm or cold.


Cranberry Upside Down Muffins

If you want something a little bit different, why not try these Cranberry upside down Muffins? The cooking instructions are slightly different, as you can see. The muffins are soaked in a lovely cranberry sauce. Yum!

Ingredients the same as above for the Muffins.

350g/12oz/or 3 Cups of Plain Flour

15ml/1 tsp Baking Powder

A Pinch of Salt

115g/4oz/ or 1/4 cup of Caster Sugar (very fine sugar)

2 Eggs

150ml/ or 1/4 pint/ or 2/3 cup of Milk

50ml/2fl oz/ or 4tbsp Corn Oil

The mixing preparation is the same as above.

Cranberry Sauce

1 1/2 Cups of Fresh or Frozen Cranberries

3/4 Cup Granulated White Sugar

1 Tablespoon of Orange Juice or Water

1 Tablespoon of Grated Orange Zest (Skin of Orange)


Place the Cranberries in a medium size saucepan. Add sugar, orange Juice or water, and orange zest. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cooking is usually 10 minutes, you will be able to tell when it is ready because the sugar will disolve and the Cranberries will pop open. When it is ready set it to one side to cool.

When both the muffin batter is ready, and the sauce is cooled, scoop the cranberry sauce into the cases first. You must remember to do this to make the recipe work.

After you have poured the cranberry sauce into the paper cases, very gently place the batter on top of each one. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes. To check whether they are ready, stick a toothpick or thin knife in to see if it comes out clean.

When the muffins are cooked, take them out of the oven and leave to cool in their cases.

When cooled, gently turn them upside down and place on a cooling rack so that the Cranberry topping is face up.

And there you have it! Lovely warm, soft, Cranberry Upside Down Muffins. Yummy!


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi Shelley, aw thanks so much! hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thanks.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Thanks mary, I used to make this a lot when my son was small, but not recently, but I love eating them! lol!

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi cfin, lol! so I take it you are going to make some? haha! thanks again, nell

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      Shelley Watson 

      7 years ago

      Oh so delicious looking, definitely a must try for the weekend. Thank you Nell so much for setting my tummy a rumbling for muffins. 5*, interesting and useful - and shared.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Well, here is a talent I never knew you had: cooking! I love cranberries, so I know I would like these!

      I love the idea of the upside down ones.

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      7 years ago from The World we live in

      More delicious recipe's from Nell :) My gosh, I love muffins of all genres. Chocolate (chunk or chip), blueberry, raspberry, peanut butter, butterscotch and now cranberry.....mmmmm

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi 2pats, thanks so much, and I am glad you liked it, nell

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      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Both versions look srumptious!

      I have voted up - and am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi Jools, I think they are tinkering with the system to see what's best. I am just getting confused with the whole thing! lol! I haven't made them for a while but I do remember that they are sweet, not to sweet though, it really all depends on how much you prefer them sweet, just change the sugar accordingly. I remember eating five in one sitting, what a pig out! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Jools Hogg 

      9 years ago from North-East UK

      Nell,I did a similar recipe to this but used Blueberries rather than cranberries - I find cranberries a bit too tart. Do they sweeten up in the muffins with all of the other sugars in there? I will give them a try if they're sweet enough!

      Rated up....what's happened to Voted Up?

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, thanks for reading, I hope you like it, thanks!

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      9 years ago

      very tasty hub nell rose.You have very worderfully described the recipe.I will surely try it.Useful and voting ti up.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, pongogirl, I'll send one over! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Jasmine Pena 

      9 years ago from California, USA

      They sure look tasty:) I feel like eating one now:)Yummy!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, SEO, they are delicious, well unless I burn them! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, Nathan, lol glad you liked them, thanks!

      Hi, jacqui, cranberries are lovely, especially if you mix them up a bit with other fruit, thanks so much, nell

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      9 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Couldn't resist checking out this hub when I saw it. They look delicious and I can almost taste them. I will definitely be trying these out. I absolutely love cranberries, so this is right up my street. Thanks.

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      9 years ago from Poland

      Oh, I'm getting hungry :P

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      Karla Domanski 

      9 years ago from Cadillac, Michigan

      These sound and look delicious. Thanks for sharing, Nell! :)

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, missolive, glad you liked them, they do taste lovely! cheers nell

      Hi, Lucky, ha ha sounds like you got a sweet tooth! I have the urge to make another batch now! thanks again nell

      Hi, molometer, on there way! lol thanks!

      Hi, jean, upside down or downside up they are lovely to eat! ha ha thanks nell

      Hi, suzette, lol! strange name for a pub! but then again its a strange name for a pudding! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Suzette Walker 

      9 years ago from Taos, NM

      Nell: Another great hub! I love cranberry-orange muffins here in the U.S. and like you, discovered them one day at a cafe, and I have been eating them ever since.

      The cranberry upside down muffins look scrumptious. I have never heard of an upside down muffin, but I will have to try your recipe.

      Aside: I just have to tell you, the last time I visited Toronto, Canada, my friends and I spent an evening at "The Spotted Dick" pub on one of the main drags in Toronto. We have one of the most fun and best night's of our traveling days in that pub. Your link brought back some fun memories. lol

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      9 years ago from Canada

      I likethe idea of the upside down cranberry muffin! I am going to bookmark this one. Thank you for sharing, I have voted this hub interesting.

    • molometer profile image


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cranberry muffins are the best apart from chocolate and chocolate chip of course. Just send them already lol.

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      9 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Oh...yummy yummy yummy YUMMY!!!! I love the 'sweet-tart' aspect of cranberries...and love these recipes...uh oh! Here come the Holidays and way too much indulging...and, this looks like a very very good place to start! Fabulous! Yikes! Now, I'm in trouble...thanks a lot, Nell! UP Awesome Useful and there should be an "Indescribably Delicious."

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      9 years ago from Texas

      The cranberry upside down muffins look very tempting! Will add to my Thanksgiving recipe list! I have a similar recipe, but you add mandarins along with the cranberries. It's a nice twist.

      Thank you for sharing :)

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Hello hello, they are delicious, thanks so much nell

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Nell, you really done it this time. They sound absolutely super. Thank you.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, chspublish, thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, lily, going through your dads bag? cheek! lol thanks again nell

      Hi, Eiddwen, thanks as always, I have got all behind today too! lol cheers nell

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      10 years ago from Wales

      Hi nell,

      I am in a 'catch up with reading hubs mode' today . I think that these are delicious and even though I am supposed to be losing a few pounds do I care ??-lol-

      No I don't so I will let you know how they tasted.

      Take care my friend !!


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      10 years ago

      Cranberries, wild, are here for the picking. My Dad used to make a super concentrated mix of them to take to the Slope(Alaska's Oilfield) This awful woman called "The Bitch of Buchenwald", (by my Father)opened up my Dad's Duffle bag. and was convinced it was alcohol, a no-no, on the slope. She had to sample it to make sure it was o.k. Dad was mad about that for years... I digress. I eat cranberries every day, this looks like a fantastic way to get them! I'll give it a spin! Thanks... lily

    • chspublish profile image


      10 years ago from Ireland

      Love those upside down muffins - what a treat.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Pamela I am glad you like it, they are delicious!

      Hi, pras, hope your mother likes the recipe! thanks again nell

      HI, SJK thanks for stopping by, cheers

      Hi, Spirit, still not got your cooker? you will have to get one of those little camping stoves! lol

      Hi, b. Malin, good luck with the cooking! lol thanks Nell

      Hi, Audrey, cranberries are lovely aren't they? thanks as always nell

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Cranberry anything - yum~!

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      b. Malin 

      10 years ago

      I am a Cranberry Cranberry Upside Down Muffins is for Me. Mmm, Mmm, Good Neil. The Non Baker (Me) is going to try this Recipe!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      10 years ago from Isle of Man

      I love cranberries and have already shown this recipe to Mary. Our oven has mysteriously broken down and we are now waiting to have it repaired or we may have to buy another. As soon as we are with oven your recipe is on top of the list for baking! Thank you.

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      10 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Looks yummy, I will add this to my recipes definitely.

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this muffin. Thanks for share with us. I believe these muffins so delicious. I hope my mom want to make it for me. I give my vote to you. Cheers...


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love cranberries and those muffins made my mouth water as they looked so good. I will be using this recipe. Thanks.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, quester, yes very gooey! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      10 years ago

      Nell - these are really good - thanks for the recipe

      and dirt Farmer is right - they are gooey good!


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Peggy, that's a great idea, adding lots of different ingredients, I may try that next time, I have just got the hang of these, so I am giving my poor kitchen a break before it has a nervous breakdown! lol thanks again nell

      Hi, The Dirt Farmer, very gooey good! lol thanks nell

      Hi, Reprieve, they are lovely! especially with custard! ha ha thanks nell

      Hi, Ruby, I am a useless cook! but somehow I managed to not ruin the kitchen this time! ha ha honestly one of these days my poor kitchen will give up on me! thanks nell

      Hi, Quill, I will be over shortly! and I will give a plateful to Quigley! lol thanks again nell

      Hi, Cameciob, nice to see you, I prefer it when someone makes mine too! lol thanks so much nell

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      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Zsuzsy, the kettle is boiling! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Cardisa, that is the trouble, everything seems to be so expensive these days, maybe change the fruit when you makes some? thanks for reading, cheers nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Christopher, are you going to put the kettle on? ha ha thanks again, nell

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      10 years ago

      Hi Nell, these muffins look delicious. I shall give them a try. I'm a big fan of everything sweet and fruity. Only if somebody else would cook it for me. Voted up, rated and printed.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Gypsy, me too! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      "Quill Again" 

      10 years ago

      Hi Nell... now that I have found the muffins, bring them over to the "Fireside" soon and I will have the coffee ready.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      10 years ago from Southern Illinois

      These look so good Nell. I make them, but i always buy the mix. I think i might make them from scratch. I'm not a great cook, but this looks easy. The upside down muffins, Yummy!!

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      HS Contino 

      10 years ago from Oregon Coast

      I'm SO going to have to try the upside down muffins! :)

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      Jill Spencer 

      10 years ago from United States

      Wow! The "upside-down" muffins look ooey-gooey good!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      These cranberry muffins look really tasty! I mostly make bran muffins but to change them up I sometimes add mashed bananas, or raisons, or dried cranberries to make them taste different...and also a bit of cinnamon. Spices them up! As you say, the cranberries have great health benefits in addition to their good taste. I'll have to go and make some of my muffins again! :))

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      ... on my way, put the kettle on too, will ya

      thanks for sharing

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Carolee Samuda 

      10 years ago from Jamaica

      I love cranberries, and I'm sure will love the muffins too. I have only seen the dries cranberries in our stores though and they are so expensive.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      10 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      They look absolutely scrumptious.

      Thanks for that Nell.

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      10 years ago

      Nell, those muffins look delicious! I could eat them all with a big cup of coffee!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Will, as my son has moved out, I feel lost! lol and so I have turned back to cooking, not sure how long it will last, but at least I am eating yummy things! thanks again nell

      Hi, Kitty, thanks so much, glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Kitty Fields 

      10 years ago from Summerland favorite are the cranberry-orange muffins! Great hub...voted up and useful!

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      10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      For someone 'not for cooking', you certainly have a knack for it!

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      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Fiddleman, thanks for being so quick! these are great aren't they? I made some a couple of days ago, I am not one for cooking but I seem to be on a roll! lol

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      10 years ago

      Now you are talking my language, love these!


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