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Gingerbread Cupcakes – Blogmas 2018

One of the best things about Christmas is the food right? So for the next few weeks I thought I would share some fun Christmas baking ideas, starting with my fun gingerbread cupcakes. Of course these are a great treat ALL year round!

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This is a delicious and surprisingly simple recipe. I have perfected it over time, so I can’t state my sources; as it’s probably a combination of three or four recipes by this point!

I’d love to hear if you give them a go! By all means take photos and share them with me on social media! (All my links are below!)

Tasty Gingerbread Cupcakes

Decorated with piped buttercream frosting and tiny sugar gingerbread men, these are a super cute addition to any Christmas dessert selection, or just a spicy treat for any time of year! For added gingerbread fun, you could even crumble some real gingerbread on top!

Gingerbread cupcakes

(Prep time 10-15mins, Cooking time 20 mins Icing 10 mins.)

What you’ll need:

  • 175g Butter
  • 75g Light brown soft sugar
  • 100g Golden syrup
  • 3 Eggs
  • 175g Self raising flour
  • 1 heaped tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 heaped tsp Mixed spice

How to make gingerbread cupcakes:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a muffin tin with cake cases (go you if you use reusable silicone cases)
  • On a low heat, melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan and allow to cool.
  • In a bowl, whisk the eggs and add the now cooled mixture, whisk again.
  • Add the flour and spices, and fold into the mixture until smooth.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the cupcakes cases and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown (to test stick a wooden skewer or a knife into the cake centre and out, if it is clean the cake is done.)
  • Once cooked, allow to cool on a rack.
Gingerbread cupcakes close-up

These cakes taste great as they are, and are great with a mug of hot chocolate, though of course frosting adds a festive touch!

I make a simple buttercream frosting, which is really about as basic as you can get, using about two parts sugar to one part softened butter, for this recipe I added a half tsp ground ginger to add a little spice! Just wait until your cake has cooled before icing.

If you are looking for more festive recipes you can use all year round, how about some tasty shortbread! If gingerbread is not your thing, I have also shared other cupcake recipes, just use the search bar to find something new!

Frosting

Buttercream frosting is incredibly simple to make, just 150g butter, beaten until smooth, and then mix in 300g icing sugar (and in this case the ginger). You can add a little vanilla extract too if desired. If the frosting is too liquid, add more icing sugar, and of course the other way around if it is too dry.

I used a piping bag with a small star tip, finishing with a shimmer spray, and a sprinkle of shimmery sugar gingerbread men for decoration. Though spreading the cream on top is just as good, if you don’t fancy the fuss of swirly frosting!

There are many ways to decorate cakes at this time of year, and with gingerbread – anything goes!

For more baking ideas check out my simple star cupcakes recipe here.
Christmas baking - gingerbread man tin

As you can see above they look really cute, and they’re such a quick make too! These would make great gifts, or just as a tasty treat at home! Store in an airtight container and they last around a week… If they stick around that long!

I’d love to hear from you if you give these a try! Leave me a comment below, and of course be sure to tag me in any pics on Instagram! I’m also on all other social media, and you can find my links at the bottom of the page.

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