Gingerbread Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

December 21, 2015 in Baking / Sweets & Treats

Gingerbread houses are an annual Holiday Staple for many families.  There is nothing that excites kids more than sitting in front of a carefully constructed fragrant house made out of cookies with a bag of overly sweet icing and bowls full of every type of colorful, sugar packed candy imaginable. But have you had Gingerbread Cupcakes? Gingerbread is a sweet food product flavored with ginger, and uses honey or molasses rather than just sugar. I prefer to use molasses, it’s what gives a good gingerbread recipe it’s deep earthy caramel like tones. Gingerbread foods vary, ranging from a soft, moist loaf cake to something resembling a ginger cookie.

Walking into a home with the scent of gingerbread baking in the oven just makes you feel right at home. Like you just want to find the closest sofa, take off your bra and snuggle into nostalgic bliss. The warm comforting scent of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice filling the air naturally makes you inhale and exhale much more deeply. You know you can make houses and people out of gingerbread, but to me, that’s kids play.  As an adult our tastes become more, well, refined. We crave something, well, more adulty.

As an adult you don’t really want to be caught biting the head off the creatively decorated gingerbread man. Okay, maybe you do sometimes (its okay, I won’t tell). What if I told you there was a way you can still enjoy your gingerbread treats in a mature, sophisticated, adulty way?

Let me introduce you to gingerbread cupcakes.  This cupcake recipe not only looks like it would make you want to suck the icing right out of the piping bag, but its one of the moistest spiced cake recipes I’ve made to date.  Full of gingerbread flavor dressed with a basic cream cheese frosting.. it’s the thing that adult gingerbread dreams are made of.

You be the judge.

Gingerbread cupcake recipe


Gingerbread Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed until creamy. Beat in the egg until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Beat in the milk, molasses, and vanilla on medium speed.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice together until combined. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  4. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  5. Beat the cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add icing sugar and 1 Tbsp milk. Beat for 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and 1 more Tbsp milk if needed to thin out. Beat for 1 minute
  6. Swirl on the frosting using an icing bag fitted with your desired tip. Sprinkle gingerbread man sprinkles or a pinch of cinnamon to garnish.
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  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman January 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    These sound so good. I have never had gingerbread cupcakes. I am sure my family will love these. Thank you so much for sharing

    • Reply admin January 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      You’re welcome Linda! Enjoy!

  • Reply lncleslie January 10, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Yummy Gingerbread & Cream Cheese together, sounds like a great cupcake!! I want to try because it sounds good and I am curious about using molasses instead of sugar!!

    • Reply admin January 14, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Using Molasses gives a lovely deep rich note to the gingerbread, I’d love to know what you think if you try it!

  • Reply aliyadaya January 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    OMGosh, YUM! The pictures are making my mouth water! And I love gingerbread… I will have to try this on the weekend.

    • Reply admin January 14, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      Let me know what you think!

  • Reply kristen visser January 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    first of all omg do these ever look delicious!! i LOVE gingerbread anything. secondly i had no idea there was little gingerbread sprinkles! how totally adorable.

  • Reply mrdisco1 January 5, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    that looks tasty

  • Reply Cheryl January 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    These sound delish!! Love the added cream cheese frosting 🙂

  • Reply Anne Taylor January 5, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    This post brings back memories of my grandmother’s gingerbread! I loved it! These look amazing!

  • Reply Margaret Branch December 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    What a fabulous Christmas treat?? I never have had gingerbread cupcakes but these look phenomenal with the whipped cream frosting!

  • Reply Krystal's Kitsch December 23, 2015 at 10:36 am

    The absolute BEST! Gingerbread is kind of my favorite. I love cookies and cupcakes, but that whipped cream looks really nice!

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      The whipped cream cheese frosting really brings out the gingerbread!

  • Reply Elizabeth Lampman December 23, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I have to try these Gingerbread Cupcakes. The Cream Cheese Frosting would be amazing with the gingerbread. I am going to save this recipe to try on the weekend.

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      The cream cheese frosting plays with the gingerbread so well! Happy Baking!

  • Reply Tammi Roy December 23, 2015 at 12:25 am

    These cupcakes look so delicious. I am excited to try this recipe. Gingerbread is my favorite holiday treat.

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      There’s just something about Gingerbread and the Holidays that screams comfort and joy!

  • Reply Sarah Marturano December 22, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    These are the cutest cupcakes ever! I love the tiny gingerbread men on the cupcake. Adorable.

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you Sarah, I couldn’t resist lol Happy Holidays Sugar!

  • Reply Liz Mays December 22, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Mmm, those flavors just sound so good. I should really give this recipe a try!

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      I hope you do, they taste even better than they look!

  • Reply Vera Sweeney December 22, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    These look so good!! I love how they look paired with gingerbread cookies, perfect for Christmas.

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      They’re very tasty Vera, I thought the gingerbread cookies would sweeten the photo lol

  • Reply Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas December 22, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I LOVE Gingerbread. Combining with cupcakes? That sounds divine! The sprinkles are so cute.

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      They are divine, I love the little sprinkles they’re so much fun!

  • Reply Melissa @ Sippy Cup Mom December 22, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    These would be perfect to make for our Christmas Eve gathering with family. I am sure the kids would love to help bake and taste-test!

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Kids are the ultimate taste testers for sure!

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) December 22, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Give me all the cupcakes! OMG, these sound perfect. Absolutely perfect.

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Awww Thank you Robin!

  • Reply Jeanine December 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Yum. Gingerbread cupcakes! Sounds so good, and I love the idea of cream cheese frosting. So delicious!

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      They marry perfectly together 🙂

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle December 22, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    You better believe I’m making these! Gingerbread is my favorite when this time of year rolls around, and who can deny the awesomeness that is cupcakes?

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Hope you enjoy Stacie! I agree.. cupcakes for life!

  • Reply Stacie December 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    These look delicious. I love the gingerbread man sprinkles.

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Aren’t they the cutest!?

  • Reply Jennifer Sikora December 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! I am a huge fan of gingerbread so I know I could scarf down a couple of these cupcakes.

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Easily. They’re dangerous. Be warned 😉

  • Reply Jenna Wood December 22, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I saw these on Pinterest and knew I had to make them. They sound absolutely heavenly since the only thing I don’t like about gingerbread is the traditional hard cookie. I love the flavor, so this is a great compromise!

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Then yes, you must make them 😉

  • Reply Jennifer December 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Hmm. Let’s see… Yep. It’s official. this is the tastiest looking thing I’ve sen all day. Yum!

    • Reply admin December 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Woo Hoo! Thank you Jennifer!

  • Reply Jeanette December 22, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    OK all I can say is Yum!!!! I’ve never thought about making it as a cupcake and set of a cookie, but I’m telling you right now it’s going to happen.

    • Reply admin January 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      A pleasantly different way to enjoy gingerbread, I’d love to know how you liked them!

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