A recipe for Gingerbread Cupcakes with an Eggnog Buttercream frosting! These wonderfully scented and spiced gingerbread cupcakes are topped with a light and fluffy eggnog buttercream for quite the festive holiday treat.
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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream
After participating in Brunch Week last April/May, I am so excited to celebrate #ChristmasSweetsWeek with a group of wonderful bloggers and sponsors! I am starting the week with these festive Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream.
The gingerbread cupcake base features Dixie Crystals light brown sugar and Cabot butter.
This Gingerbread Cupcake recipe makes around 10-12 cupcakes. It can easily be doubled to serve closer to 24 if desired.
A Few Gingerbread Cupcake Tips
Make sure the butter for both the cake and the frosting is softened completely to room temperature.
Fill each prepared muffin tin about 2/3rds full (do not overfill). I like to use a standard ice cream scoop for a consistent size in each cupcake.
Bake the cupcakes just until cooked through. If needed, use a toothpick and stick through the center. If the toothpick comes out dry or with a couple of crumbs, the Gingerbread Cupcakes are done. They will continue to set a little further as they cool.
Allow the cupcakes to cool completely to room temperature before topping with the eggnog buttercream frosting. Otherwise, it will melt and soak into the cake.
Add just enough eggnog as needed to the eggnog buttercream to create a light and fluffy texture. If it is too wet, add a little more powdered sugar. If too thick, add a splash more eggnog at a time.
Once topped with the frosting, the cupcakes are best served within a couple of hours or refrigerated in an airtight container. The unfrosted cupcakes can be made a day or two in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
Have a mini muffin tin? You can use this recipe to make about 36 miniature cupcakes. Keep an eye on the cooking time, but it should be decreased to around 10-12 minutes.
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- Sugar Cookie Martini from The Redhead Baker
- Overnight Caramel French Toast from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Cherry Mash Truffles from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Dark Chocolate Cherry & Peppermint Snowflake Bark from Sweet Beginnings
- Grinch Fudge Topped Brownies from Big Bear’s Wife
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake Fudge from Lady Behind the Curtain
- Red Velvet Fudge from Live Love Texas
- Black Forest Tiramisu Parfait from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes from The Crumby Kitchen
- Christmas Chocolate Chip Sprinkles Butter Cookies from Moore or Less Cooking
- Cookie Butter Pudding Cups from The Beard and The Baker
- Date Filled Cookies from Platter Talk
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- Eggnog cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle from My Suburban Kitchen
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- Glazed Gingerbread Loaf from 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
- No Bake Peppermint Eggnog Pie from Who Needs A Cape?
- Peppermint Shortbread from Cheese Curd in Paradise
- Pepper Jelly Rugelach from Take Two Tapas
- Red Velvet Whoopie Pies from April Golightly
- Sugar Cookie Cheesecake from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
- Toffee Thumbprint Cookies from The Bitter Side of Sweet
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- Vegan Hot Chocolate Layer Cake from The Baking Fairy
- Winter Wonderland Snack Mix from An Affair from the Heart
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream Recipe
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream
- 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter softened at room temperature
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) molasses
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) milk
- 1 cup (226 grams) unsalted butter softened at room temperature
- 4 cups (500 grams) powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon eggnog extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 2-4 tablespoons (30-60 milliliters) eggnog
To make the Gingerbread Cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Line 12 muffin tins with liners or grease.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the molasses, then the eggs one at a time, and the vanilla extract.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, allspice, cloves, and salt.
- Mix 1/3rd of the flour mixture into the butter until just incorporated, followed by half of the milk, 1/3rd of the flour, the remaining milk, and the remaining flour.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared muffin tins, filling the 2/3 full (I used an ice cream scoop). Bake in preheated oven just until cooked through and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-22 minutes. Allow to cool on wire racks.
To make the Eggnog Buttercream:
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, eggnog extract, vanilla extract, and salt until well combined. Slowly beat in the eggnog until the buttercream is smooth and has reached the desired consistency for piping.
- Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with desired tip and pipe onto the cooled, room temperature cupcakes. Top the cupcakes with desired sprinkles or even small gingerbread cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.