Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (Ornament Cupcakes)

8 Dec

This was my first foray into decorating cupcakes with something other than frosting. It was mostly successful.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (Ornament Cupcakes)

Based on the Epicurious Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large egg, beaten lightly
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Colored sugar, sprinkles, M&Ms, laffy taffy, Twizzlers, and candies for decorating

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Into a bowl sift together the flour, the ground ginger, the cinnamon, the cloves, the allspice, and the salt.
  3. In another bowl cream 1/2 stick of the butter, add the granulated sugar, and beat the mixture until it is fluffy.
  4. Beat in the molasses and the egg, beating until the mixture is smooth.
  5. In a measuring cup combine the baking soda with 1/2 cup boiling water and stir the mixture to dissolve the baking soda.
  6. Stir the mixture into the molasses mixture (the mixture will appear curdled) and stir the molasses mixture into the flour mixture, stirring to combine the ingredients well.
  7. Line muffin tins with paper liners and spoon the batter into the liners, filling them halfway.
  8. Bake the cupcakes in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
  9. Transfer the cupcakes to a rack and let them cool.
  10. In a bowl cream together the cream cheese, and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, add the confectioners’ sugar and the vanilla, and beat the mixture until it is fluffy and smooth.
  11. Chill the frosting for 30 minutes.
  12. Spread the frosting on the cupcakes and decorate! I first coated my cupcakes with a layer of colored sugar. Then, I used the candies to create ornaments. Tip: for the laffy taffy, melt it for 5-10 seconds in the microwave so it is more maliable.

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