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Gingerbread Cupcakes

by Laura

Well, Sweet Treat Week is finally coming to an end with these gingerbread cupcakes.  I now feel like a stuffed sausage from all the goodies, but they were so worth it.  I will reform after New Years and get the extra fluff off that I have earned.  Also make sure to come back on Monday when I will give you a healthy treat option to help counter balance out the sweet treats.  I will also be sharing some ideas for gifts from the kitchen.  Most of them are more on the healthy side and will be well appreciated by whoever gets them.

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Several weeks ago it was a yucky weather day outside and I was in the mood to bake.  I know, big surprise.  So I thought of making gingerbread cupcakes and wanted to try out a recipe from Martha Stewart for Brown Sugar Cream Cheese frosting.  I  figured I’d use that to frost the gingerbread cupcakes.  Then I needed a cupcake recipe.  I wanted one that I could make using a cake mix.  I found one in the Hello Cupcake Cookbook.

The recipe started of with a yellow cake mix and then you added spices and molasses along with the other ingredients to make it like gingerbread.  I have to say, those cupcakes were a flop.  Not tasty at all.  It just tasted like a strange yellow cake.  However, the brown sugar cream cheese frosting that I topped them with was good.  Only thing I found with that frosting recipe is you need to use fresh brown sugar.  My brown sugar was fairly fresh but I still ended up with a few clumps of brown sugar in the frosting.  One of them happen to clog my decorating tip when I was piping on the icing.

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After this experience I still wanted to find a gingerbread cake mix cupcake.  I thought about altering the Hello Cupcake version and use a spice cake mix.  Then I checked out “101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 minutes” by Wendy Paul from the library.  By the way, I liked her book and it would make a great Christmas gift.  Anyway, she had a gingerbread cupcake recipe in her book using a spice cake mix.  The results with her recipe were so much better.  This time I use good old regular cream cheese frosting to top them with.  Now with both versions I put a cute gingerbread man cookie on top, from a bag of store bought cookies.  But I also think they would be yummy with a little fresh orange zest on top if you want a more sophisticated look for your cupcake.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes


  • Author: Laura

Ingredients

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  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar (make sure it is fresh)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 C butter (1/2 stick) at room temperature
  • 4 C sifted powdered sugar (You can decrease this amount if you don’t care about it being as stiff for piping)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix together cake mix, eggs, molasses, oil and milk.
  2. Pour into paper liners and fill 3/4 full.  (I did 18 cupcakes)
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until the cake springs back when lightly touched.
  4. Cool completely before frosting
  5. For the brown sugar cream cheese frosting – With a mixer, blend cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.  Mix in brown sugar until creamy.
  6. For the cream cheese frosting – Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Mix in vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
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[…] Goodies that I am participating in along with some other bloggers.  My goodie for ya today is gingerbread cupcakes.  They are made with a boxed mix and I have two frosting recipes for you to choose […]

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[…] Goodies that I am participating in along with some other bloggers.  My goodie for ya today is gingerbread cupcakes.  They are made with a boxed mix and I have two frosting recipes for you to choose […]

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Dana January 2, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Thanks for sharing the delightful Gingerbread Cupcake recipe with what sounds like yummy frosting!
Many boxed cake mixes (like Duncan Hines) are pretty good, and I love finding new ways to give them some semi-homemade style. =)

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Dana January 2, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Thanks for sharing the delightful Gingerbread Cupcake recipe with what sounds like yummy frosting!
Many boxed cake mixes (like Duncan Hines) are pretty good, and I love finding new ways to give them some semi-homemade style. =)

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Key Lime Pie Cake Bites and a giveaway | Real Mom Kitchen August 8, 2011 - 6:15 am

[…] Now Wendy is a seasoned cookbook publisher. Her new cookbook, 101 Gourmet Cake Bites, is her third book. She also published 101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 Minutes and 101 Gourmet Cookies for Everyone. I used her cupcake base a while ago in my post for Gingerbread Cupcakes. […]

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Key Lime Pie Cake Bites and a giveaway | Real Mom Kitchen August 8, 2011 - 6:15 am

[…] Now Wendy is a seasoned cookbook publisher. Her new cookbook, 101 Gourmet Cake Bites, is her third book. She also published 101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 Minutes and 101 Gourmet Cookies for Everyone. I used her cupcake base a while ago in my post for Gingerbread Cupcakes. […]

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Angie July 25, 2011 - 1:01 pm

I actually made this as a cake not as cupcakes. The cake was moist and tasted like a actual ginger cake!!! I will definitely make this again the whole family loved it 🙂

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Angie July 25, 2011 - 1:01 pm

I actually made this as a cake not as cupcakes. The cake was moist and tasted like a actual ginger cake!!! I will definitely make this again the whole family loved it 🙂

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Susieqtpies November 17, 2010 - 8:28 am

Wow! Those look great! Simple, too! Ok I need to make these. Thanks for linking up in the 8 weeks of Christmas goodies! Susie
https://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-goodie-link-up-and-100-csn.html

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Susieqtpies November 17, 2010 - 8:28 am

Wow! Those look great! Simple, too! Ok I need to make these. Thanks for linking up in the 8 weeks of Christmas goodies! Susie
https://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-goodie-link-up-and-100-csn.html

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Chaya December 19, 2009 - 4:52 pm

What adorable cupcakes. They will enhance any setting.

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Chaya December 19, 2009 - 4:52 pm

What adorable cupcakes. They will enhance any setting.

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Chaya December 19, 2009 - 4:50 pm

These are adorable. They would look great at a party. They are so festive.

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Chaya December 19, 2009 - 4:50 pm

These are adorable. They would look great at a party. They are so festive.

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Janice December 12, 2009 - 8:53 am

These do look great, although I’m a little disappointed that you used boxed cake mix, something that I would not generally use and as I’m in Scotland we would probably not have the same mixes anyway. I might try and find a recipe that is made from scratch as I would love to recreate these. Thought I’d let you know that I found your blog from Refrigerator Soup

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Janice December 12, 2009 - 8:53 am

These do look great, although I’m a little disappointed that you used boxed cake mix, something that I would not generally use and as I’m in Scotland we would probably not have the same mixes anyway. I might try and find a recipe that is made from scratch as I would love to recreate these. Thought I’d let you know that I found your blog from Refrigerator Soup

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[email protected] December 11, 2009 - 5:51 pm

Oh my goodness… so adorable and the frosting… luxurient! The picture was perfect… so joyful, made me smile!

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[email protected] December 11, 2009 - 5:51 pm

Oh my goodness… so adorable and the frosting… luxurient! The picture was perfect… so joyful, made me smile!

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Julie December 11, 2009 - 3:56 pm

Those sound delicious and they’re just so cute. I love those little gingerbread men sitting up there 🙂

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Julie December 11, 2009 - 3:56 pm

Those sound delicious and they’re just so cute. I love those little gingerbread men sitting up there 🙂

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Jamie Cooks It Up! December 11, 2009 - 10:52 am

Those are so darling. I don’t know how you have the energy to come up with all you do! Thanks!

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Jamie Cooks It Up! December 11, 2009 - 10:52 am

Those are so darling. I don’t know how you have the energy to come up with all you do! Thanks!

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sally December 11, 2009 - 10:41 am

yummy i love this and am going to try thank you hugs sally

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sally December 11, 2009 - 10:41 am

yummy i love this and am going to try thank you hugs sally

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maria December 11, 2009 - 8:42 am

Love these! They are too cute!

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maria December 11, 2009 - 8:42 am

Love these! They are too cute!

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