Gingerbread Cupcakes

We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish … wait, what’s that you say? It’s not Christmas? Well technically no, it’s not. But it is Christmas in July!

I know it may seem sort of weird to be singing that song in July, but for us southern hemisphere people we don’t get to experience the Christmas winter wonderland with snowmen and spicy mulled wine and hot roast turkey and warm fruit mince pies. Instead Christmas day in Australia is normally a scorching hot 40 degree summer’s day where we attempt to cool ourselves by drinking chilled beer or cider by the pool or at the beach, whilst doing our best not to melt or get sunburnt and become lobsters! Such a contrast to the snowy white Christmas of the northern hemisphere.

I am yet to experience a white Christmas, but I sure hope to one day! But in the meantime I will channel my own Christmas winter wonderland with these delicious gingerbread cupcakes I found over at Sally’s Baking Addiction. I just want to start by saying these cupcakes were the best I have had in a long time, they were soooo delicious and moist yet soft and with just the right amount of ginger and molasses flavour to it, with hints of sensuous spices, I was in heaven eating these! She has totally nailed it with this recipe. I highly encourage you to check out her page, she has so many delicious recipes and she has even written 2 cookbooks, amazing!

These cupcakes were very easy to make too. Basically mix all you wet ingredients together, then add your dry ingredients then pop them into you trays and into the oven and you are done! They are that simple.

Sally teamed her cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting, which I’m sure would go well, but I decided to make a Cinnamon Buttercream frosting, just to add to the Christmassy theme of these cupcakes and it worked perfectly.

Full recipe and details are below, and you know what, I think you should make these asap! As in, right now. Don’t wait for the real Christmas, that’s waaaaay too far away, make them now and you will be so glad you did.

So tell me, how do you celebrate your Christmas? Is it summer or winter for you? Where should I go to experience my first white Christmas?

Ingredients

  • 115 grams unsalted butter softened
  • 100 grams brown sugar (light or dark is fine)
  • 120 mls milk
  • 156 grams molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 167 grams All purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground all spice
  • Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
  • 200 grams unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Servings: 12 Cupcakes

Instructions

  •  Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed until creamy.
  • Beat in the egg until combined, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • Beat in the milk, molasses, and vanilla on medium speed. Mixture will be piecey and not fully combined. That’s ok.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice together until combined.
  • With the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full, no more. Bake for 19-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

  • Beat butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add sifted icing sugar in batches
  • Once well mixed, add vanilla extract and cinnamon
  • Pipe frosting onto cupcakes using your favourite piping tip. I used a medium sized star tip.

Recipe Notes

I filled my cupcake liners about 3/4 full, this was perfect for me, they rose just nicely with a slight dome on top.

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