Gingerbread Cupcakes

gingerbread cupcakes

What better way to begin celebrating the Christmas season than with these Gingerbread Cupcakes. Gingerbread flavour and gingerbread men just scream Christmas, they make me feel so festive and ready to curl up under a blanket on the sofa. I’ve infused these gingerbread cupcakes with ground ginger and mixed spice for that classic gingerbread flavour, and there’s also ground ginger in the buttercream for extra yum! I found some absolutely adorable gingerbread men fondant decorations and sprinkles to decorate them with, and you can easily find these online. I’ve linked them below too via Amazon so you can easily recreate every element of this recipe!

Step by step…

To make the gingerbread cupcakes I started by melting the butter, light brown sugar and golden syrup together in a pan on a low heat. I let it cool for 5 minutes. In a mixing bowl I whisked together the eggs. I added the melted butter mixture, spices and flour, and whisked everything together.

I seperated the mixture into cupcakes cases

They baked on 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes until they were golden brown.

To make the buttercream I used my electric mixer to beat together the butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and ground ginger.

I piped it onto the cupcakes using my Wilton 2D nozzle, then added some little gingerbread icing shapes and sprinkles.

gingerbread cupcakes

These gingerbread cupcakes are absolutely yummy and just looking at them makes me so excited for Christmas! They taste just like gingerbread biscuits in cupcake form, and they look super cute with the little men on top.

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

Cupcake tin Electric hand mixer Piping bags
Jem 1E Piping nozzle Red foil cupcake cases Wilton 1M Piping nozzle
Gingerbread fondant toppers Gingerbread sprinkles Mixed spice

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gingerbread cupcakes
5 from 5 votes

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread sponge, gingerbread buttercream and fondant gingerbread men

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cupcake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer


For the cupcakes

  • 175 g Butter or baking spread
  • 75 g Light brown sugar
  • 100 g Golden syrup
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 175 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice

For the buttercream

  • 200 g Butter
  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground ginger

For the decoration

  • Gingerbread man fondant shapes optional
  • Gingerbread man sprinkles optional


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases

  2. Melt the butter, light brown sugar and golden syrup together in a pan on a low heat. Let it cool for 5 minutes

  3. In a mixing bowl whisk the eggs together

  4. Add the melted butter mixture and whisk it in

  5. Add the groudn ginger, mixed spice and flour, and whisk it until the flour is fully combined

  6. Divide the mixture equally between the cupcakes cases

  7. Bake them for 20 minutes until they are golden brown, remove them from the tin and place them on a cooling rack to cool down fully

  8. To make the buttercream use an electric hand mixer to beat together the butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and ground ginger until smooth

  9. Pipe or spread the buttercream onto the cupcakes, then add gingerbread man icing shapes and sprinkles if desired

Recipe Notes

Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead

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33 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Oh how so absolutely adorable. My son loves gingerbread men (we just had to watch the dvd & yes it is really a thing – totally different to the story with the fox!) I think these might have to appear at our afternoon tea next weekend! Thanks so much for sharing (& linking) to Fiesta Friday ☺

  2. 5 stars
    These cupcakes are so cute Kat – I adore the little gingerbread men on each one. I love a ginger cupcake or muffin or cake actually lol. A ginger cake is on my to do list funnily enough! Thank you for linking to #Bakeoftheweek x

  3. These incredibly festive gingerbread cupcakes are adorable, how could anyone resist. Commenting as BritMums Baking Round-up Editor. πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Kat! These are adorable and they look super delicious! My fiancΓ© loves anything gingerbread. I bet he’d love these! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!

  5. hi there – i would love to try out your recipe! but im not sure if i know what golden syrup is, or mixed spice? could you help me out with those two? i dont live in the states and would have to hunt for those ingredients in my neck of the ….cant say woods…more like tropics – LOL!

    1. Hi there! Mixed spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger and mace. You could just put a 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves instead. For the golden syrup you can use honey, maple syrup or corn syrup instead. I hope that helps!

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