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These were just lovely, but then I am a sucker for gingerbread. Once these cupcakes had cooled, they had that lovely sticky quality.

The lemon frosting I topped them worked really well with the ginger and I finished off the cupcakes with a few mini smarties and a sprinkling of hundreds and thousands. I wish I had thought to sprinkle some coconut over the lemon icing, instead of sweeties. Can you imagine how good that would be?

I ate one or two and then quickly passed them on to Graham to take to work, before I was tempted to eat any more. They were a big hit and my giant cake tub came back empty, so these are on my 'make again' list.

Gingerbread Cupcakes

150g unsalted butter
1 cup tightly packed soft brown sugar
¾ cup black treacle
¾ cup golden syrup
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
2 large eggs, whisked
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda dissolved in 2 tbsp warm water
2 ¾ cups plain flour

Preheat the oven to 170c/325f/Gas Mark 3.

Place paper cases in your muffin or cupcake tray.

Melt together the butter, sugar, treacle, golden syrup, ginger and cinnamon.

Take the pan off the heat and add the milk, the eggs and the bicarbs.

Sieve the flour into a bowl and pour the liquid and fold in until well combined.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases. They should be approximately three quarters full.

Bake for about 12 minutes if you are making cupcakes and a little bit longer if you are making muffins. Check the muffins after 15 minutes. They may need another couple of minutes. Use a skewer to see if they are ready. If it comes out clean, they are ready.

Cool in the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Once the cupcakes are cool, you can frost them.

I frosted my cupcakes with Lemon Frosting, but they would also be good topped with a buttercream frosting.

If you need a bigger ginger hit, here are a few more recipes for you to enjoy.

~ Gingerbread Loaf - Tinned Tomatoes
~ Pear & Ginger Muffins - Tinned Tomatoes
~ Crystallised Ginger Oat Biscuits - Cakes, Crumbs & Cooking
~ Sticky Apple Gingerbread Pudding - The Caked Crusader
~ Ginger & Chocolate Flapjacks - Chocolate Log Blog
~ Guinness Gingerbread - Katiecakes
~ Candied Ginger Scones - Soap Mom's Kitchen
~ Rhubarb & Ginger Pancakes - Allotment 2 Kitchen
~ Chocolate, Hazelnut & Ginger Biscotti - Dana Treat
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