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Gingerbread Cupcakes

These Perfect Gingerbread Cupcakes start from a moist and perfectly spiced ginger batter that creates the most sensational holiday-ready ginger cupcakes you will ever have! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cupcake recipes, cupcakes, gingerbread, gingerbread cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 36 cupcakes
Calories 428kcal


For the Cupcakes

For the Buttercream

  • 3 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 9 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp McCormick pure vanilla extract
  • Ginger cookies with snowflakes


For the Cupcakes

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and add liners to muffin pans and set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, add together butter, both sugars and molasses and beat on high speed until light and fluffy for about 5 minutes.
  • Next add in eggs one at a time and mix until well incorporated.
  • Slow mixer to lowest speed and carefully add flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, allspice, and cloves in increments and mix until well combined.  
  • Lastly, mix in buttermilk and vanilla until smooth.
  • Scoop batter into liners 3/4s full and bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. These cupcakes don’t have a high dome, just fyi.  
  • Remove cake from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes, then insert cake into cooling rack or serving plate, cool until room temperature, then prepare glaze.

For the Buttercream

  • In your stand mixer, add butter and salt at medium low speed.
  • Next, turn the mixer down to low and slowly add confectioners’ sugar in small portions until all is added, then turn the speed to medium high to combine.
  • Add heavy cream, maple syrup, vanilla extract and mix until nice and fluffy. 
  • Pipe buttercream on room temperature cupcakes, decorate with ginger cookies and serve.



Note: cupcakes have a lot of molasses for flavor and moisture which prevents them from creating a high dome.  No worries, the flavor is absolutely worth it.


Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 184mg | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1.2mg