Gingerbread cupcakes

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Gingerbread cupcakes recipe
Gingerbread cupcakes recipe
  • Makes: 12

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

Gingerbread cupcakes are a lovely cross between a classic gingerbread cake and gingerbread biscuits - taking the best from both! This lovely recipe for these pretty gingerbread cupcakes calls for a soft and sweet buttercream as well as mini gingerbread men decorations to give them a really fun finish so they're sure to be popular with kids and adults alike. With the warming flavours of ginger, cinnamon and allspice these will fill your house with the delicious smell of gingerbread cupcakes while they're baking, which might make giving them away hard. However, if you can bring yourself to gift your new bakes then these are really great as food gifts around Christmas. Simply pop a couple into boxes and give to the kids' teachers or friends and family when you see them over the holidays.


For the gingerbread cupcakes:

  • 75g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 125ml black treacle
  • 1 large egg (we used a Large Baking Egg)
  • 1 large egg yolk (we used a Large Baking Egg yolk)
  • 175g all-purpose flour, or plain flour
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 125ml cup hot milk
For the buttercream:

  • 120g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp milk
You'll also need:

  • 12-hole muffin tin
  • 12 cupcake cases
  • Mini gingerbread men decorations

Learn how to pipe the perfect iced-rose with our easy-to-follow video.


  1. For the gingerbread cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 175˚C/350˚F/Gas Mark 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  2. In a clean, large bowl cream the butter with the sugar. Add the treacle and the egg and egg yolk.

  3. In a separate clean, large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and salt.
  4. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot milk.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in the hot milk mixture.
  6. Spoon the batter evenly into the cases.
 Bake for 20 mins or until slightly springy to the touch.
  7. Allow to cool for a few mins in the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. For the buttercream: Cream the butter in a clean, large bowl until smooth, gradually add the icing sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the milk and cream until combined.
  9. Use a piping bag to pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes in an iced-rose design and decorate with a mini, edible gingerbread man, which you can get from the cake decorating section of most supermarkets.

Developed by Molly Bakes for Ella Valentine Baking Eggs, photography by Georgia Glynn-Smith

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Marsha Maton

It says baking soda is that bicarbonate of soda or baking powder I am new to all this all helpfulness welcome


I love these cupcakes they are so rich and moist and don't dry out too quickly as cupcakes tend to do. I first made these about a year ago and I am thinking about making some for Christmas next week. Truly an excellent recipe.

Charlotte Gunn

Glad you liked them Ron!

Ron Walker

I have just made a double mix and WOW I can still taste the flavours 10 minuets later. My wife wants me to make more for Christmas. Easy to make, light and fluffy to eat, lots of spicy flavours, nice dark colour. I am going to make the Buttercream next time. Thank you very much, Ron


I have made these several times already this Christmas and each time I have to give the recipe away! People LOVE these cupcakes.

Lizzie Hall

I didn't have any baking soda and used self raising flour instead- much easier and the result was great

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