Caramel Gingerbread Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling


1 dozen

Updated: Nov. 09, 2023
One night, my niece and I put our heads together to come up a with a fabulous cupcake. We combined our favorite gingerbread cookie recipe and our favorite cupcake recipe, then enhanced the cupcakes with caramel frosting and a drizzle of caramel ice cream topping. Our guests reached for seconds and thirds until nothing was left but a delicious memory and a stellar recipe to share. —Delaine Smith, Barrie, Ontario
Caramel Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon caramel extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon caramel extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Caramel sundae syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Whisk together first nine ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together egg, milk, oil, molasses and extracts. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  3. Fill prepared cups two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15-18 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; cool completely.
  4. For frosting, beat confectioners’ sugar, butter, extract and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Spread over cupcakes. Drizzle with caramel syrup before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 cupcake: 382 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 192mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.