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.
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