Gingerbread cupcakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: medium
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 20 min
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  • Gingerbread cupcakes are a lovely cross between a classic gingerbread cake and gingerbread biscuits – taking the best from both! This lovely recipe for these pretty gingerbread cupcakes calls for a soft and sweet buttercream as well as mini gingerbread men decorations to give them a really fun finish so they’re sure to be popular with kids and adults alike. With the warming flavours of ginger, cinnamon and allspice these will fill your house with the delicious smell of gingerbread cupcakes while they’re baking, which might make giving them away hard. However, if you can bring yourself to gift your new bakes then these are really great as food gifts around Christmas. Simply pop a couple into boxes and give to the kids’ teachers or friends and family when you see them over the holidays.


    • For the gingerbread cupcakes:
    • 75g unsalted butter, softened
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 125ml black treacle
    • 1 large egg (we used a Large Baking Egg)
    • 1 large egg yolk (we used a Large Baking Egg yolk)
    • 175g all-purpose flour, or plain flour
    • 1tbsp cocoa powder
    • 1 1/4tsp ground ginger
    • 1tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2tsp ground allspice
    • 1/2tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1/4tsp salt
    • 1tsp baking soda
    • 125ml cup hot milk
    • For the buttercream:
    • 120g butter, softened
    • 200g icing sugar, sifted
    • 1tsp vanilla extract
    • 2tbsp milk
    • You'll also need:
    • 12-hole muffin tin
    • 12 cupcake cases
    • Mini gingerbread men decorations


    • For the gingerbread cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 175˚C/350˚F/Gas Mark 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.

    • In a clean, large bowl cream the butter with the sugar. Add the treacle and the egg and egg yolk.

    • In a separate clean, large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and salt.

    • Dissolve the baking soda in the hot milk.

    • Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in the hot milk mixture.

    • Spoon the batter evenly into the cases.
 Bake for 20 mins or until slightly springy to the touch.

    • Allow to cool for a few mins in the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

    • For the buttercream: Cream the butter in a clean, large bowl until smooth, gradually add the icing sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the milk and cream until combined.

    • Use a piping bag to pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes in an iced-rose design and decorate with a mini, edible gingerbread man, which you can get from the cake decorating section of most supermarkets.

    Top tip for making Gingerbread cupcakes

    Learn how to pipe the perfect iced-rose with our easy-to-follow video.

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