Gingerbread Cupcakes

California Milk Advisory Board
  • Yield: servings


1cup molasses
3cups very hot water
1teaspoon baking soda
4tablespoons unsalted Real California butter, softened
1cup firmly packed brown sugar
1large egg
1teaspoon salt
1teaspoon ground ginger
1teaspoon ground cinnamon
1cup all-purpose flour
2teaspoons baking powder
8ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2tablespoons unsalted Real California butter, room temperature
2cups powdered sugar, sifted
1teaspoon vanilla extract
12small gingerbread-man cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour insides of 12 muffin cups or insert paper liners.
  2. For Cupcakes: Mix molasses, hot water and baking soda together in a large bowl. Cool to room temperature.
  3. With electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together salt, ginger, cinnamon, flour and baking powder. In three additions, alternately add dry ingredients and molasses mixture to butter mixture. Mix thoroughly after each addition to make sure there are no lumps.
  5. Evenly divide batter between cupcake molds. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pans. Cool completely before frosting.
  6. For Frosting: With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. If cream cheese is very soft, refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. With a piping bag, swirl cream cheese frosting on top of each cupcake. (You can also frost them with a table knife or small spatula.)
  8. Place a gingerbread-man cookie on top of frosting or wedge the cookie into each cupcake.

Recipe courtesy of the California Milk Advisory Board