Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread is a classic holiday flavor. I actually had never had gingerbread until I met Hubby. I guess it just wasn’t part of my eating background growing up. A few years ago I made some gingerbread cut out cookies that had a lemon cream cheese frosting piped onto them. I was remembering those cookies when I decided to make these cupcakes. I’m entering these cupcakes into Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest (and just barely in time since entries are due by midnight tonight!)

I love these cupcakes because they have very festive sprinkles, (I love sprinkles), festive colors, and festive flavors. For the frosting, I made a lemon cream cheese frosting. Lemon actually pairs really well with gingerbread even though most people gave a weird look when I told them the frosting flavor.

I mentioned the festive colors. Not only are the sprinkles red and green, but the cupcake liners are as well. I love the vibrant colors of these liners and I’m hoping Santa brought me some more, because I’m starting to run low.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24

Ingredients:

For the Gingerbread Cupcakes
1 1/2 c flour
2 Tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 c (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 1/2 c sugar
3 Tbsp molasses
4 eggs, at room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 stick unsalted butter
4 cups confectioners' sugar
Zest of 1 lemon, grated
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

For the Gingerbread Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

Sift flour and spices together and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses and beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Beat in vanilla. With mixer on low, add flour mixture until just combined.

Fill each muffin tin ~3/4 full. Bake ~25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.

For the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
With an electric mixer on medium, beat the cream cheese and butter until softened. Slowly add the sugar, zest, and juice and beat until creamy, about 3 minutes.

Gingerbread Cupcakes recipe from Martha Stewart
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting recipe adapted from 52 Cupcakes

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12 Responses to “S’mores Brownies”

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    Boston Food Diary — October 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    whoa…I think I’m speechless! I have seen S’mores Brownies before, I have even tasted them- in well known restaurants- and these look 100% better and tastier! Well done- I might be knocking on your door for a taste!!!

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    vickdn — October 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    here is another smores recipe I just saw… if you are looking for more smores recipes!

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    vickdn — October 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    it would help if I gave you the link…. lol enjoy!

    http://www.visionsofsugarplum.com/2010/10/smores-biscotti.html

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I just saw your photos and seriously almost drooled. You never cease to amaze me Jen!

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    Jen — October 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    vickdn – I saw that smores biscotti this morning! Looks great.

    Fun and Fearless – don’t get any drool on your monitor!

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    Eliana — October 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I’m not surpsied everyone at your work loved these. They look amazing!

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    newlywed — October 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Wow! These look like a great excuse to buy a kitchen torch!

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    Lindsay — October 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Yum! I love love love s’mores. I even make them in the winter using the gas stove, so this recipe is definitely going to make it on my list of ones to try 🙂

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    kitchenmisfit — October 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to make them!

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    nutmegnanny — October 12, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I love S’mores brownies! The combination of all the flavors, in a less messy bar form, make me smile 🙂

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    nutmegnanny — October 12, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I love S’mores brownies! The combination of all the flavors, in a less messy bar form, make me smile 🙂

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    stacey — January 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I’m making them right now..It seemed that during cooking one row of my graham crackers started to rise to the surface of the brownies…and the center is still undercooked but the edges are cooked.. I hope they turn out ok…They look awesome

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