Save on Pinterest

Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes

With heartwarming molasses, allspice and cinnamon, these cupcakes taste like the holidays! —BugzBunny, Taste of Home Online Community
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    21 cupcakes


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups reduced-fat whipped topping


  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, egg whites and egg until well blended. Add applesauce and molasses; mix well. In a small bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and salt; gradually beat into applesauce mixture until blended.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Just before serving, top each cupcake with 1 tablespoon whipped topping.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 189 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 221mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • Lauriebird
    Jul 22, 2020

    Yum, delicious cupcakes! Not too sweet and very moist. I substituted 1/2 cup butter for the Canola oil, used 2 whole eggs, and reduced the molasses to 3/4 cup.

  • sdipiazza
    Feb 19, 2017

    Delicious. I substituted Whey Low granulated sugar for the white sugar to save some calories. Whey Low is only 4 calories per tsp. I reduced the oil to 1/3 cup and added about 1 tbls. more of applesauce. They turned out really well. I made a regular powdered sugar icing and just smeared a little on top of my cupcake. Hard to eat just one.

  • cindipowell
    Dec 23, 2014

    Can ap flour be substituted for the wheat flour?

  • ameister423
    Dec 11, 2014

    Haven't tried yet but plan to -- are these standard size cupcakes or the smaller ones?

  • kjh85308
    Dec 17, 2012

    No comment left

  • JLinnGS
    Jan 1, 2012

    Great flavor, the molasses really stood out though so maybe next time I would just use a little less molasses. I frosted them with a thin vanilla frosting, turned out great!

  • marchgirl
    Dec 31, 2011

    Enjoyed these not too sweet cupcakes. Great with a cup of coffee.

  • qtnmazda3
    Dec 31, 2011

    Definitely a keeper in my books! I used canned frosting b/c they were going to be displayed at a party and was afrad the icing would melt.

  • saskatoonpie
    Dec 30, 2011

    these were different, the molasses taste came through real strong, would recommend using the whipped topping to cut the spicy taste...also mine came out with the tops of cupcakes indented, not rounded as a normal cupcake

  • mamawmax
    Dec 29, 2011

    great idea. Good flavor and just the right amount for one serving at a time. Made them and gave some as gifts.