Gingerbread Cupcakes

Every Christmas season I tend to make the same recipes, so this week I have decided to try out a few new recipes to add to my holiday collection. Today I made Gingerbread Cupcakes with a Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting and have officially found a new favorite! They are so delicious and add a unique twist to the traditional gingerbread flavor. Here is the recipe for Gingerbread Cupcakes from SimplyRecipes.com.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick of unsalted butter)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsulphured molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of grated ginger

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, melt the butter and water together in the microwave, covering the top with plastic wrap.
  2. Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and dry spices in a bowl.
  3. Beat together the molasses and brown sugar until smooth. 
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each.
  5. Beat in the flour mixture slowly until just incorporated. Add the butter mixture and the grated ginger and beat until smooth. Batter will be runny.
  6. Spoon into cupcake papers, about 3/4 full. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  7. Allow to cool for a minute to set before moving to a wire rack to fully cool.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe from Epicurious.com

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  1. In a bowl cream together the cream cheese, and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
  2. Add the confectioners’ sugar and the vanilla, and beat the mixture until it is fluffy and smooth.
  3. Beat in the zest and the lemon juice and chill the frosting for 30 minutes.
  4. Spread the frosting on the cupcakes and top each cupcake with holiday sprinkles.

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