Last week we had eggnog cupcakes, and I mentioned that I’d run across the red velvet/eggnog frosting combination, which sounded pretty yum, too. I wanted to keep the holiday spirit going this week, and decided on mmmmmm……Gingerbread Cupcakes!!
Typically, you see them paired with Cream Cheese Frosting, but I wasn’t completely happy with the Eggnog Frosting recipe from last week — too sweet and the cream cheese richness was a little lost — so decided to tweak it a little (less confectioners sugar, more butter and eggnog!) and try again with these. However, they are just as awesome with a simple bit of powdered sugar sifted on top. Or you can try the Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting on the recipe site. (Click the blog link above the recipe!)
No matter what version you try…they are yummy! (And your house will smell sooooo good!)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease 12 standard-size muffin cups or line them with paper cups.
2. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
3.Beat in the molasses, egg, and vanilla.
4.In a small bowl, stir together the boiling water and baking soda until dissolved.
5.Stir the baking soda water into the molasses mixture.
6.Sift together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, lemon zest, and salt into a small bowl. 7.Whisk the flour mixture into the molasses mixture until the batter is combined.
8.Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the center of one or two of the cupcakes comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan. Place the cupcakes on a rack to cool for 30 minutes.
Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting (my recipe):
8oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons egg nog, to taste
1 tablespoon Rum, to taste (This is optional. I didn’t add to mine. If you don’t use rum, increase eggnog by 1 tablespoon.)
1. Cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add vanilla, blend.
2. Add confectioners sugar and nutmeg, then gradually add eggnog (and/or rum.) Add more sugar for consistency if needed (or cut back amount of eggnog to keep the flavor of the cream cheese from being diluted by too much sugar.)
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. And do. And will again!
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