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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! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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 cupcakes from oven and allow to cool to room temperature before frosting.

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