Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gingerbread Cuppies!!

Here are some fun gingerbread cupcakes I made for a friend's Christmas party:


Gingerbread cupcakes + cream cheese frosting = mm mm good!

I don't know what's more fantastic -- gingerbread cupcakes or this stupendous cupcake carrier my old supervisor gave me as a gift before we moved.  Let's see, yummy cupcakes or cupcakes arriving safely?  Yeah, it's a toss up.


I even made some with peppermint frosting as a little experiment:

ECA and I have already  decided that there's really nothing too special about them but they are a neat twist on the usual combo!

I think I like the way the sprinkles look on top versus the fondant cutouts from the cupcakes in the post below.  Meh -- lesson learned!


♥GINGERBREAD CUPCAKES
Adapted from "Crazy About Cupcakes" by Krystina Castella

Makes 20-24 cupcakes

Ingredients:
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup dark molasses (use light molasses if you don't want a strong molasses taste, but I like my gingerbread cupcakes like I like my men: strong 'n' spicy!)
2 teaspoons lemon zest (I omitted this)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup sour cream

Directions:
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F and line cupcake tins.
  2. CREAM together butter and sugars with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. ADD the egg and molasses.  If you're using lemon zest, add it here, too. 
  4. In a separate bowl, MIX together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.  
  5. ADD dry mixture to wet, alternating with sour cream.
  6. SPOON mixture into cupcake tins, filling liners 2/3 full. 
  7. BAKE for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcakes comes out clean.
  8. SERVE as-is or frost with desired frosting (I used cream cheese frosting and peppermint buttercream)

10 comments:

  1. How beautiful! The frosting looks really nice. Just the right amount for me!

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  2. Oh those look wonderful.. and the cream cheese frosting would have been the clincher for me lol. I prefer the sprinkles too.

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  3. Even though Gingerbread is not my cup of tea, these look so lovely!!!

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  4. I love gingerbread this time of year! I've never tried cupcakes, but now I just may have to make some!

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  5. Oh my gosh! I am such a spicy gingerbread lover! These are so pretty. I love the cute little sprinklings on top! :D

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  6. omg they sound totally divine!! I'm so going to try this recipe out. THanks for sharing and I'm LOVING the polka dot background :o) M x

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  7. I was just telling my ManDork that I wanted to try making gingerbread cupcakes, and now I've got a recipe! Yay!

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  8. WOW Those sound Fantastic!!!!!

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