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Gingerbread Cupcakes

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


  1. love these - they look fabulous and I will try them with some toasted coconut on top - mmmmm

  2. You've just reminded me of toased coconut marshmallows Marie, wish they were vegetarian :)

  3. Gingerbread and lemon buttercream is a super-yummy combination :-)

  4. Gingerbread is one of those comfort foods I remember from my childhood.

  5. Thank you!!! I am also a sucker for gingerbread!

  6. mmmm oh Jac I have to make these - they look divine! Great photos as usual :) Hope you are well. Lucie x

  7. Popped in to say hi! Those look lovely!

  8. You gave away Gingerbread? Oooh, my.

  9. They look really tasty! I love ginger flavours and sticky gingerbread is a perennial favourite, especially combined with a lovely lemon frosting, Yum!!!

  10. I love the look of these gingerbread cupcakes! I can see why you had Graham take them to work. ;)

  11. Ooh ginger and sticky - yum and yes lemon icing is just the thing to go with these. Nice idea putting in links to other similar (ish recipes) and thanks for using one of mine.

  12. those cupcakes look so pretty with the lemon frosting. I LOVE ginger... ginger cake, ginger bread, ginger stir fry. Ooh and with the black treacle I'm sure they are heavenly. I could see a pumpkin frosting being good with these, or even a bit of pumpkin in the mix itself. Ok, I'm totally reinventing your recipe to match my current craving for a pumpkin pie. Perhaps I should start with these!

  13. I love this, Jacqueline! I'm a sucker for it too. And the lemon frosting is exactly right. My mother always served a tart lemon sauce with her gingerbread.

    I make it often in the fall and love the idea of making it in cupcake form.

  14. I do love gingerbread cupcakes and the lemon frosting looks wonderful.

  15. Wowee - they look scrummy. Love the way you have iced them too ;0)

  16. Beautiful it! The icing looks simple and elegant.

  17. Gingerbread cupcakes? Yum. Gingerbread cupcakes with lemon frosting which look as pretty as can be? Yum yum yum!!

  18. Right up my alley, love gingerbread, love cupcakes, love lemon.

    Thanks for this!

  19. So I saw this article on Yahoo! News that cupcakes are on their way out.

    I say nay! Espcially in light of these delicious looking cupcakes!

    These would be great at Christmas Christmas with Green & Red sprinkles. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. sounds gorgeous - I think they would look lovely with just a piece of candied ginger on top the frosting

  21. Your gingerbread cupcakes look a marvel. Every time I have attempted tomake something like this, they have always sunk.

    Thank you so much for the link to to the pancakes too, they did work out well.

  22. Gingerbread never disappoints does it? These look amazing

  23. The Daikon Carrot Salad and Ginger Cupcakes look awesome. The cream frosting is so tantalizing!


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