Double Gingerbread Cupcakes

I made these a couple years ago, but came across the photo the other day and forgot how pretty they were. I’m not much of a gingerbread fan, but I love these – the cream cheese frosting makes them, I think. This Christmas I want to make them with wee gingerbread men on top, instead of stars. I meant to do that two years ago, but never did.

Once in awhile, when I make something really good, Mike says “but we’ll probably never have this again”, meaning that as a food writer I’m always testing new recipes, never building on a repertoire of really good stuff that I make all the time, like normal home cooks do. I told this to Rose Murray a couple weeks ago, and she agreed – her son always said “you never get the good stuff twice”. Although I do love trying new things, sometimes I forget to remember the good stuff.

Here you go – short and sweet – to celebrate the first of December. We’re out in the woods right now, cutting down a tree. I have a feeling Mike secretly wants to be Clark W. Griswold.


Gingerbread Cupcakes

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December 1, 2012

  • Makes: Makes 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes.


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. allspice

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup canola oil

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup dark molasses (not blackstrap)

2 large eggs

2 tsp. baking soda


1Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2In a small bowl, stir together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and salt. In a large bowl beat together the butter, oil, and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy. Beat in the molasses and eggs until smooth. Put the baking soda into a small bowl or liquid (you’ll need extra room – it bubbles up) measuring cup, and add 3/4 cup boiling water.

3Add a third of the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, beating on low speed just until blended. Add half the water mixture in the same way, then another third of the dry ingredients, the rest of the water mixture and the rest of the dry ingredients, blending just until combined. Fill paper-lined muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for 25 minutes, or until tops are springy to the touch.

Makes: Makes 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes.

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12 comments on “Double Gingerbread Cupcakes

  1. Melanie
    December 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Julie, they look lovely. Do you have a good gingerbread cookie recipe, and do you just do a basic cream cheese icing?

  2. Sheri K
    December 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    These look so cute! I like the stars on top. I only have blackstrap molasses- why do you note not to use it? If it’s just a stronger ginger flavor or less sweet I think I may try it…

    • JulieVR
      December 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Blackstrap tends to be a bit intense and bitter – but people do use it in baking, so if you do, go for it!

  3. Aga
    December 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Yum! Used a blend of flours, including barley and whole wheat, reduced the sugar and substituted plain yogurt for the oil, and these still turned out great. Now looking for a low-fat lemon icing to top them off (we have a non-lover of cream cheese icing in the household, if you can believe it).

  4. Barb
    December 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    The first thing that struck me was what a great picture these made. You did a super job putting it all together!

  5. Barb
    December 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Oh, by the way, I never get the good stuff twice either. I mean to but somehow I don’t.

  6. Claire D
    December 2, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Love these – looks scrumptious, and I am excited when you smell gingerbread cooking during the holiday season!

  7. Kathy
    December 4, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Hi Julie, these look yummy and very Christmas-y. Can you use fresh grated ginger for the ground?


  8. Laura
    December 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Delicious! Happy Holidays!

  9. Hollie
    December 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Love this recipe and we were looking for a gingerbread one for the weekend. Definitely looks yummy.

  10. Grainnie
    March 13, 2013 at 11:52 am

    These cupcakes look amazing! i will have to try them sometime… about how many cakes does the recipe make?

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