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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Author: Charlotte Bothe

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

"YUM" seems to be the unanimous response from our taste-testers when we serve these cupcakes. A spicy, gingery cake finds its perfect complement in sweet, rich cream cheese frosting.

At a glance

12 to 24 cupcakes, depending on size
Nutrition information


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  • 1 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups (1-pound box) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk, enough to make a spreadable frosting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 24 small paper brioche cups, and place them on the baking sheet.
  2. To make the cupcakes: Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, molasses, and egg.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of the water to the melted butter mixture, then half the dry mixture, and stir. Add the remaining water and dry mixture, stirring until thoroughly combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared brioche cups.
  6. Bake the cupcakes for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the oven, and transfer them to a rack to cool for 30 minutes.
  7. To make the frosting: Beat together the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  8. Add the sugar and cinnamon, beating well.
  9. Add the milk a little at a time, until the frosting is spreadable.
  10. Fill a piping bag with the frosting, and pipe large swirls on top of the cooled cupcakes. Or simply frost by hand.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 131g
  • Servings Per Batch 12
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 490
  • Calories from Fat 190g
  • Total Fat 22g
  • Saturated Fat 13g
  • Trans Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 75mg
  • Sodium 230mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 72g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 57g
  • Protein 4g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.