I’ll be honest. I’m not the biggest fan of gingerbread in the world. I love spiced things but I think it’s the molasses. I’m not sure. For some reason, gingerbread’s just not my favorite.
But I saw this recipe and, knowing that gingerbread is a classic holiday treat, figured I’d give it a whirl for the holiday party I hosted this past weekend. I made multiple types of mini-cupcakes including these, the tiramisu cupcakes, and a peppermint mocha cupcake (look for the recipe later this week). I’ve been looking for the perfect time to make a slew of minis and this was it! Even for people who don’t like dessert, it’s difficult to pass up such a little teeny tiny cupcake (and once they eat one it’s hard to resist another).
So I tried out this new gingerbread application and wouldn’t you know, the cream cheese frosting perfectly offsets the dark molasses flavor and I popped more than my share of these minis! If you’re not a fan of gingerbread I highly recommend these babies.
adapted from Full Circle, originally from Gourmet
Makes ~ 36 mini-cupcakes.
- 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 stick (1/4 c) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- 1/2 c molasses
- 1 large egg, beaten lightly
- 1/2 c water
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 1/2 c confectioners’ sugar, sifted (more if you like your frosting sweeter)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For cake: Preheat oven to 350F. Line mini-cupcake tins with paper liners.
Sift together flour, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Using a stand or hand mixer, cream butter then add granulated sugar, mixing until fluffy. Beat in molasses and the egg until smooth. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a small pot. Once boiling, add in baking soda and stir to dissolve. Add this into the molasses mixture and mix. Add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined. Fill cupcake liners about 1/2 full with batter and bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
For frosting: In a clean bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add in the sugar and vanilla and beat until the fluffy and smooth. Taste and add sugar as desired. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.
Are you a fan of gingerbread?