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Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread sponge, gingerbread buttercream and fondant gingerbread men
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cupcake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 461kcal
Author thebakingexplorer


For the cupcakes

  • 100 g Butter or baking spread
  • 100 g Light brown sugar
  • 115 g Golden syrup
  • 35 g Black treacle (also known as molasses)
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 125 ml Milk
  • 200 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice

For the buttercream

  • 200 g Butter
  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 1 ½ tsp Ground ginger
  • ½ tbsp Milk optional, if the buttercream needs loosening

For the decoration

  • Gingerbread man fondant shapes optional
  • Sprinkles optional


  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a cupcake tin with cases
  • Melt the butter, golden syrup, light brown sugar and black treacle together in a pan on a low heat. Once it is all melted and combined, leave to cool for 10 minutes
  • Whisk the eggs and milk together in a mixing bowl
  • Slowly pour the butter and syrup mixture into the eggs, whisking as you pour, until everything is combined
  • In another bowl, stir together the self raising flour, ground ginger and mixed spice
  • Slowly pour the egg and butter mixture into the flour, whisking as your pour, until everything is combined
  • Divide the mixture equally between the cupcakes cases
  • Bake them for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, remove them from the tin and place them on a cooling rack to cool down fully
  • To make the buttercream use an electric hand mixer to beat together the butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and ground ginger until smooth. You may need to add a splash of milk to loosen it, depending on the type of butter you use
  • Pipe or spread the buttercream onto the cupcakes, then add gingerbread man icing shapes and sprinkles if desired
  • Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days



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


Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 683IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg