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Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe

Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe

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 YIELD:21 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Just before serving, top each cupcake with 1 tablespoon whipped topping. Yield: 21 cupcakes.

Nutritional 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.

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sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 261542
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4327484 215713
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Can ap flour be substituted for the wheat flour?"

ameister423 User ID: 4243689 214624
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

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

JLinnGS User ID: 4301775 169748
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1606688 185225
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

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

qtnmazda3 User ID: 5580012 186868
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3096617 145637
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1017398 169745
Reviewed 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."

grapestogo User ID: 2366689 173346
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"Made for Christmas eve celebration. Piped creamcheese icing on them. They were a big hit. Very moist and flavorful."

hoteamom User ID: 4883159 127614
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"I made these for our dessert for Christmas Day and it was wonderful! Very flavourful and very moist. I will be making these again!!!"

zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 185183
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"loved the recipe!! one question...where do you find such wonderdul cupcake holders??"

laurie07 User ID: 1238310 168213
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"A wonderful alternative to fruitcake. Thanks"

rockingrobin User ID: 3829633 188005
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"I was thrilled to find a recipe using whole wheat because I try to use whole grains as much as possible. In fact, I made them using ALL whole wheat flour. They were great!"

AuburnBay User ID: 954460 108152
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I found this recipe to be okay - nothing very special. I would probably not make it again."

wvnana User ID: 3630416 168211
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"made them and they were great. My granddaughter loved them!!!"

sjbehanna User ID: 1416014 173342
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Very good and would make these again"

hfndianne User ID: 2113447 185222
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"These are wonderful! Tried and the Gingerbread was a real treat!"

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