Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Vanilla Yoghurt Frosting

Thank you to Noosa Yoghurt for sponsoring this post!

Vanilla bean cupcakes with fresh cranberries and chocolate chips are topped with vanilla yoghurt frosting to create a fun dessert with a sweet tart flavor!

 Vanilla bean cupcakes with fresh cranberries and chocolate chips are topped with vanilla bean yoghurt frosting!

If you want to make people happy, give them a cupcake. I never have a problem giving away my cupcakes because people love to enjoy a sweet single serving treat topped with decadent frosting. Today, I am bringing you a flavor packed cupcake filled with fresh cranberries and chocolate chips. Every bite of these cupcakes is a different flavor experience. For the first bite, you might taste the fresh tart flavor of the cranberries and the next bite you enjoy sweet chocolate goodness. Cranberry and chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla yoghurt frosting are a fun treat for the holidays, dinner parties and more.

 Vanilla bean cupcakes with fresh cranberries and chocolate chips are topped with vanilla bean yoghurt frosting!

Best of all, these cupcakes are topped with a creamy vanilla yoghurt frosting made with Noosa Yoghurt. Not only do I love eating the yoghurt right out of the container, but I also love adding it to my favorite recipes. The yoghurt is available in a variety of flavors so the options are endless.

Last week I had the opportunity to chat with Koel Thomae, co-founder of Noosa Yoghurt. She first discovered the sweet Aussie style yoghurt in a small shop in Australia. When she came back to the United States, she knew that she had to bring back the flavor of the yoghurt with her and I am so glad that she did. The flavor and texture of the yoghurt is unlike anything that I’ve eaten. Honey is infused into the yoghurt to give it a subtle sweet flavor and velvety smooth texture. I also love that all of the milk used in the yoghurt is sourced from farms located within a one-hour drive of their headquarters in Colorado.

 Vanilla bean cupcakes with fresh cranberries and chocolate chips are topped with vanilla bean yoghurt frosting!

For the base of this cupcake I used my favorite vanilla bean cupcake. The cupcake has a light texture thanks to the addition of the whipped cream. I added one cup of fresh cranberries and one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. For the frosting I used Vanilla Noosa Yoghurt, one of their new flavors available in a 24-ounce tub. Once you dig your spoon into the vanilla yoghurt you won’t be able to stop. More yoghurt, please!

 Vanilla bean cupcakes with fresh cranberries and chocolate chips are topped with vanilla bean yoghurt frosting!

Go ahead, bake a batch of these cranberry and chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla yoghurt frosting to share with your friends and family!

Yields about 20 standard sized cupcakes

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Vanilla Yoghurt Frosting

20 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

22 minTotal Time

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    For the cupcakes:
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 whole egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • For the vanilla yoghurt frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Noosa vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • fresh cranberries, for garnish


  1. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. To make the cupcakes, in a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In a glass measuring cup, whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla.
  3. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until pale and creamy, about 5 minutes. Alternate additions of the flour mixture and liquid mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture (3 dry additions, 2 wet), beating after each addition until incorporated. Continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Chill a clean stainless mixer bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes. Return bowl to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and then whisk the heavy cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks form (This is where a hand mixer comes in handy, or you can transfer the batter to a second bowl, wash the bowl and then whisk the cream in your stand mixer). Fold the whipped cream, cranberries and chocolate chips into the cake batter.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among cupcake liners (about 2/3 full) and bake until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs, about 16-18 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool on wire racks. Repeat with second muffin pan.
  6. To make the vanilla yoghurt frosting, in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and butter. Beat on medium speed until well blended. Add the yoghurt and mix until combined. Slowly add the confectioners' sugar and beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until frosting is smooth. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until it firms up a bit.
  7. Using a knife or the back of a spoon, spread a small amount of frosting onto each cupcake, garnish with a cranberry and serve immediately.

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

 Vanilla bean cupcakes with fresh cranberries and chocolate chips are topped with vanilla bean yoghurt frosting!

I created this post in partnership with Noosa Yoghurt. I first discovered Noosa Yoghurt in my local grocery store a few years ago, eat it regularly and am excited to share it with you. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    Noosa is hands down the best yoghurt I’ve ever put in my mouth! I love the creaminess, it’s like cheesecake! These cupcakes with that yoghurt frosting would make me one very happy girl!

  2. Annie

    I’m loving everything in this! I love the idea of using yogurt in the frosting – genius!!

  3. Medeja

    Would be such a nice Christmas treats! They look amazing!

  4. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Feel free to give me cupcakes whenever, Ashley! All your cupcakes always look beyond delicious and these babies are no exception! Love the vanilla, cranberry and chocolate chip combo! And vanilla yoghurt frosting?! Whaaa? Amazing! Pinned! Cheers, my dear! 🙂

  5. annie

    Oh that frosting! I probably shouldn’t admit this publicly in the blog world, but I don’t always like traditional frostings. This one looks so soft and not cloying at all. This is the kind I want on all my cupcakes.

    I love the little cranberry at the top. these are just so cute!

  6. Julia

    These are such a fun fall dessert. I am a huge fan of cranberries so I am always looking for new ways to use them. That yogurt frosting is genius!

  7. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom

    Ashley, what a great way to use up cranberries. And I am with you on Noosa Yoghurt–I could eat that anyway I am given it!

  8. Zainab

    I just love how sweet and tart these cupcakes are. Just so beautiful!!

  9. Cakespy

    What gorgeous little nuggets of sweetness. The cranberries look like little jewels.

  10. Ashley

    Cupcakes definitely make people happy!! This flavor sounds amazing with the cranberry, chocolate and the noosa yogurt!!

  11. Kelly

    Cupcakes always brighten up my day 🙂 These look so beautiful! I love the cranberry and chocolate combo and the yoghurt frosting sounds sensational!

  12. Meghan | Fox and Briar

    Ooh, yum! I am all about cranberries lately, as some may have noticed 🙂 But I love the mix of cranberries and chocolate! And making frosting out of yogurt is brilliant! Pinning it!

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  14. Jessy @ The Life Jolie

    These look so pretty and delicious! I love the addition of the yogurt to the frosting. I don’t eat yogurt on it’s own, but I always find that adding it to things only makes them more delicious!

  15. Ryan @ Feed by Round Pond

    I don’t know why I haven’t thought about putting cranberries in cupcakes before – they go in scones, why not cupcakes?

  16. Johlene@FlavoursandFrosting

    I just love the idea of yoghurt frosting! So clever! And I totally agree, most ppl love cupcakes, there’s just something special about them. These cupcakes are perfect for the Christmas Holidays too 🙂

  17. kushi

    In love with these super cute and yummy cupcakes!

  18. Carlee

    Those turned out so pretty! I love cranberries and chocolate together. I know I would love these!

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  20. Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner?

    These cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous. I am really into cranberries this year and bet the tart yogurt frosting goes perfectly with them. I’m featuring you this week, over at Simple Supper Tuesday. We hope you can join us again, starting Monday night at 8pm EST.

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  25. Ratna Kad

    I have recently started baking to ease some of my stress from work. I was wondering if I can make a healthier version of this cupcake, like using a whole wheat or white wheat flour and use stevia sweetener instead of regular sugar?

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