Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe
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Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe

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The robust ginger flavor of these cupcakes is mellowed by the maple frosting's sweetness. The combination is pure heaven! For an extra-special presentation, add candied ginger as a garnish. —Nancy Beckman, Helena, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 325 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 293mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in water and molasses. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg and allspice; add to the creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in maple syrup and vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Gingerbread Cupcakes in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2009, p55

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"These were a huge hit! The maple frosting really is a nice touch."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Great cake recipe but the icing wasn't so great! I used a cream cheese icing with it instead and everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"These are the best cupcakes I have ever had."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"I have always hated gingerbread, but my mom told me that she had some gingerbread cupcakes from the grocery store last season and loved them, so I decided to give these a try. I absolutely LOVE these cupcakes! I wish I had doubled the recipe! I only used half the amount of ginger in the recipe because I'm not a fan of ginger and I left out the allspice and nutmeg because I didn't have any. I also omitted the maple from the frosting because I don't like maple flavoring. I topped them with red glitter sprinkles and gingerbread cookies. They look beautiful and taste so delicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"easy to make and everyone loved them.i had to make them a bunch of times for a lot of different people"

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