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Gingerbread Man Cupcakes with Gingerbread Buttercream Frosting

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Ask anyone who loves gingerbread, and they’ll tell you that there’s nothing quite like a freshly baked gingerbread man. But what happens when you take that same delicious flavor and turn it into a cupcake? Magic, that’s what. These gingerbread man cupcakes with gingerbread buttercream frosting are the perfect example of why gingerbread is one of the most popular holiday flavors. Keep reading to find out what makes them so good.

gingerbread man cupcakes on wooden tray

Gingerbread Man Cupcakes with Gingerbread Buttercream Frosting

The key to these cupcakes is in the spices. A combination of ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves gives these cupcakes their characteristic flavor. And of course, no gingerbread recipe would be complete without molasses. This ingredient not only adds flavor but also helps to keep these cupcakes moist and tender.
hand holding a gingerbread man cupcake

But the real star of the show is the gingerbread buttercream frosting. It’s made with just a few simple ingredients: butter, powdered sugar, molasses, and ground ginger.

But don’t let its simplicity fool you; this frosting is incredibly flavorful and will have you licking your spoon (or even better, your finger) long after you’re done decorating the cupcakes.

gingerbread man cupcake on countertop

Gingerbread Cupcakes Ingredients

1 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
5 tablespoons softened butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup molasses
2 eggs
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Gingerbread Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

1 cup Butter
1 tablespoon Molasses
1/3 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar

Decoration
12 gingerbread men cookies
White frosting tube

How to make the Gingerbread Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a standard 12-cup cupcake pan with paper liners.
In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. Whisk until combined.
gingerbread cupcake flour spices in bowl
In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar with a hand mixer until the consistency is smooth and fluffy.
butter brown sugar in bowl
Add molasses and mix until combined.
creamed butter brown sugar with molasses on top
Add the milk, and the eggs and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
eggs milk on creamed butter sugar mixutre
Then add the dry mixture to the bowl slowly as you mix. Mix until fully combined.
spiced flour added to wet ingredients for gingerbread cupcakes
Fill each liner about ⅔ way and bake for 18-20 minutes.
spooning gingerbread cupcake batter into prepared muffin tin
Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack while making the frosting.
single gingerbread cupcake

How To make the Gingerbread Buttercream Frosting

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter until smooth.
whipped butter in bowl
Add the molasses, ground ginger, and cocoa powder. Mix until combined. While mixing on medium speed, slowly add the powdered sugar until completely combined.
whipped gingerbread buttercream frosting in bowl
Add frosting to a piping bag.
Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and add gingerbread man head, arms, and legs to the cupcake.
gingerbread man head on gingerbread cupcake
With a small white frosting pen/tube add details to the gingerbread man’s body and face.
piping decorative touches on gingerbread man cupcake

These gingerbread man cupcakes with gingerbread buttercream frosting are the perfect example of why gingerbread is one of the most popular holiday flavors. The combination of spices, molasses, and gingerbread buttercream frosting makes these cupcakes irresistible. So next time you’re in the mood for something festive (and delicious), give these cupcakes a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Gingerbread Man Cupcakes with Gingerbread Buttercream Frosting Recipe- Print Now

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Gingerbread Man Cupcakes

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Delicious gingerbread cupcakes with a gingerbread buttercream frosting, topped with an adorable festive gingerbread man.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert, MYO, Potluck
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 517 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Gingerbread Cupcakes
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 5 tablespoons softened butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Gingerbread Buttercream Frosting
Decoration
  • 12 gingerbread men cookies
  • White frosting tube

Instructions
 

To make the Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a standard 12 cup cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. Whisk until combined.
    1 ½ cups flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar with a hand mixer until the consistency is smooth and fluffy.
    5 tablespoons softened butter, ½ cup brown sugar
  • Add molasses and mix until combined.
    ½ cup molasses
  • Add the milk, vanilla, and the eggs, mixing until smooth. Then add the dry mixture to the bowl slowly as you mix. Mix until fully combined.
    2 eggs, ½ cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Fill each liner about ⅔ way and bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack while making the frosting.

To make the frosting

  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add the molasses, ground ginger, and cocoa powder. Mix until combined.
    1 cup Butter, 1 tablespoon Molasses, 1/3 teaspoon Ground Ginger, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • While mixing on medium speed, slowly add the powdered sugar until completely combined. Add frosting to a piping bag.
    4 cups powdered sugar
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and add gingerbread man head, arms, and legs to the cupcake.
    12 gingerbread men cookies
  • With a small white frosting pen/tube add details to the gingerbread man’s body and face.
    White frosting tube
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 517kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 4gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 383mgPotassium: 314mgFiber: 1gSugar: 62gVitamin A: 739IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mgNet Carbs: 77g
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