Gingerbread Cupcakes with Frosting Recipe

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Mary Baker Modified: March 21, 2022
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Frosting Recipe

How To Make Gingerbread Cupcakes with Frosting

Impress your holiday guests with these gingerbread cupcakes spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, paired with a molasses cream cheese frosting.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



For Gingerbread Cupcake:

  • cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2tspbaking powder
  • tspbaking soda
  • ½tspsalt
  • 2tbspground ginger
  • 2tspground cinnamon
  • ½tspground cloves
  • 8tbspunsalted butter,1 stick, melted
  • cupsdark brown sugar
  • 4large eggs
  • ¾cupmolasses
  • cupswater

For Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1lbcream cheese,2 blocks, at room temperature
  • ½cupbutter,1 stick, at room temperature
  • ¼cupmolasses
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • 8cupspowdered sugar,sifted


Gingerbread Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves into a medium bowl.

  3. Whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, and molasses in a large bowl until blended.

  4. Add some of the water to the batter, then some of the dry ingredients. Continue alternating with the water and flour until everything is added and smooth.

  5. Fill each paper liner with ⅓ cup of the batter, about ¼-inch below the top of the liner.

  6. Place into the preheated oven and bake for about 15 to 18 minutes, just until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  7. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Frost with molasses cream cheese frosting.

Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed for about 1 minute until well combined and smooth.

  2. Mix in the molasses and vanilla extract. Gradually add in powdered sugar to reach desired frosting thickness, beating until smooth.


  • Calories: 593.10kcal
  • Fat: 20.21g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.75g
  • Trans Fat: 0.42g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.26g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.08g
  • Carbohydrates: 99.58g
  • Fiber: 0.91g
  • Sugar: 78.89g
  • Protein: 5.59g
  • Cholesterol: 96.18mg
  • Sodium: 332.00mg
  • Calcium: 128.78mg
  • Potassium: 380.57mg
  • Iron: 2.63mg
  • Vitamin A: 196.37µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.02mg
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