The Only Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe You'll Need This December

The stockings have been hung, and snow is falling, which can only mean one thing. It's gingerbread season! You've heard of gingerbread cookies, houses and lattes, but what about cupcakes? Gingerbread is one of our favorite winter flavors, and we love it even more in these moist, flavorful cupcakes. 

Gingerbread cupcakes recipe

Makes approximately 10-12 cupcakes


  • ½ cup softened unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup milk (full fat)
  • ½ cup molasses or treacle
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice or mixed spice
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pre-made buttercream or cream cheese frosting

Step 1:

Pre-heat your oven to 350 F and prepare your pan with cupcake liners. You can opt for whatever liners you like best. We've always found that thicker paper liners or foil options work best.

Step 2: 

Cream softened butter with light brown sugar. Try not to over mix as this will add too much air to the batter. The butter mixture should be mixed until just combined. Scrape creamed butter down from the sides of the bowl.

Step 3:

When ready, add egg, milk, molasses and spices (allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg) along with flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Beat until combined.

Step 4:

Fill your cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. If there's still a little batter on your tester, bake for another 2-3 minutes and test again.

Step 5:

Remove your cupcakes from the warm cupcake pan and place on a rack to cool. Leaving them in the pan could moisten the liners and cause them to peel.

More ideas for your gingerbread cupcakes

Want to amp up the gingerbread flavor? Top your cupcakes with an allspice-and-cinnamon flavored buttercream, and then then decorate with baked gingerbread cookies. The warm spices taste great with a cup of coffee.

If you're making these for a grown-up gathering, go for a gourmet-inspired flavor core. Fill each cupcake with gooey, salted caramel sauce , and then top with silky, white chocolate buttercream . Add edible gold leaf, and you've got a luxurious, dinner party–worthy dessert.

Missing summer? Try using marshmallow frosting for a s'mores inspired treat. If you're up to it, you can even torch the frosting and top the cupcakes with large graham cracker chunks and chocolate chips.

Cute decoration ideas

Stores are full of holiday candy right now, so take advantage! Mini candy canes, gumdrops and peppermints all look adorable. Plus, candy decorations make a quick and easy project for kids.

For a little sparkle, top your cupcakes with luster-dusted chocolate pieces or truffles. These small details can really elevate your cupcakes for a luxe event. Boozy macarons, chocolate-dipped gingerbread cookies and even sparklers are also great options.

December 12, 2017
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