Sunday, 20 December 2015

Gingerbread Christmas Cupcake Recipe




Eating these is like a little Christmas jig on your tongue! Trust me, It's hard to stop at one.



I am a sucker for a Cream Cheese Frosting and basically anything with cinnamon in it, so when I came up with the idea to make this recipe I was about ready to call myself genius. I turned to other recipes on the internet to spark an inspiration in regards to ingredients, but all I found were recipes using Blackstrap Molasses which completely put me off. I mean, have you seen  the thick and gloopy stuff, not to mention it's seriously strong taste.

I started looking for a syrup to substitute this with, one that was much lighter in colour and flavour but still provided that golden gingerbread glow. I can't think of anything that fits that description more perfectly than Golden Syrup!









Gingerbread Cupcakes
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction


Ingredients:


Cupcakes:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Golden Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 and 1/3 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger (you can also opt to grate fresh ginger instead for an extra flavour kick)
1/4 of a freshly grated Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ground All-Spice

Cream Cheese Frosting:

250g block of Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups of Icing Sugar
1-2 Tbsps of milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line your cupcake pan with liners and set aside.

2. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the brown sugar and butter on a medium speed until creamy. Beat in the egg until combined, remembering to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the milk, golden syrup and vanilla on a medium speed. The mixture will not combine, that's ok!

3. Add in your spices and salt and give it a quick mix through before adding in flour, baking soda and baking powder slowly into the wet mixture. Beat on a slow to medium speed until combined and scrap down the sides of the bowl as needed.

4. Fill your cupcake liners until they are just over halfway full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out completely clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before icing.

5. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together on a medium speed until nice and smooth. Add in your icing sugar, vanilla and milk and continue to beat on a medium speed until your icing has formed. Don't forget to taste your icing and season with a pinch of salt to cut through the sweetness if needed.

6. Frost cupcakes once they have completely cooled and decorate them to your liking. You can keep the cupcakes and frosting prepared from the night before and just frost of the day you need them, they taste much better fresh. Keep leftover cupcakes sealed in an airtight container for up to a week... if they last that long!



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Flavoursome, rich and warming, these Gingerbread Cupcakes are sure to make you swoon! 

What are some of your 'go to' Christmas flavours when it comes to baking or cooking? I personally love the combination of cinnamon with ginger and nutmeg. My tastebuds are watering just thinking about it!

44 comments:

  1. I'm not usually the biggest fan of cupcakes but these actually look amazing, the icing looks especially delicious! Love the cupcake toppers as well, so festive :)

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  2. This looks so yummy! I followed you on bloglovin lets connect and follow me as well :)

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    XOXO Alyssa

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    1. Thanks so much Alyssa! I'll follow you back now!

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  3. Ahh these are ADORABLE! Love the mini heads/faces on each cupcake, makes it so much fun to eat!


    Macarons and Mischief

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    1. Aww thanks so much, they are very cute indeed!

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  4. Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  5. These look delicious and so cute, I love the little decorations. :) <3

    Kay
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    1. Aww thanks so much Kay! They taste absolutely delicious!

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  6. These look absolutely delicious! I love the christmas sugar decorations!
    WritingMonique

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  7. Wow, cute e good recipe!
    Marianna
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  8. Looks good!

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  9. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

    STYLE VANITY

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  10. Such a delicious cookies, and very easy to make them xoxo

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  11. Put cream cheese frosting on anything and I will instantly love it! LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  12. Looks so good!
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  13. These are so cute

    Filipa x

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  14. Nice recipe ideas, love this tips, it looks really delicious!
    XX
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  15. Aww these cupcakes look absolutely amazing and festive! I need to try them! Thanks for sharing Anjelique and Happy Holidays!
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    1. Thanks so much lovely! Merry Christmas!

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  16. These cupcakes look so delicious and festive! Will try the recipe for the holidays!
    Fashion Soup

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    1. Thanks Adria! Let me know how you go with them!

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  17. You make it look so easy! I love it!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  18. Oh my gooooosh Anjelique, these looks adorable and so delicious! I haven't made cupcakes this Christmas yet and now I'm wishing I'd made the time - I tried some more unusual things, when in reality cupcakes are what everyone loves most! haha :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. Cupcakes are always a winner, especially when there's Cream Cheese Frosting involved!
      It's never too late to bake some cupcakes!

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  19. They look so yummy! I like how you decorated them, they are so cute :) x

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  20. These are so cute. It's so funny how the bakery changes around the world. We do more of the classic cookies for Christmas without all the fun decorating.

    Happy Holidays!!!
    Vicky // The Golden Bun

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    1. Thanks Vicky! ooh, I'm sure it's lovely... I always like to see how differently everyone else celebrates the festive season!

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  21. I love cream cheese frosting too but I don't like cinnamon! Eeep. I don't know why but cinnamon and nutmeg remind me of Christmas in the 70's, American style. Think Chevy Chase or something along those lines. I've never had Christmas in America and am kinda obsessed with National Lampoons but for some reason my brain takes me there. Every time lol.

    Sxx
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    1. Cream Cheese Frosting is the bomb! LOL that's an unusual association!
      Merry Christmas!

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