Gingerbread is a flavour synonymous with Christmas Time so why not take this holiday favourite to the next level with these Gingerbread Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting! Tender cupcakes made with the rich flavour of molasses and brimming with holiday spice!
1 1/2cupsunsalted buttersoftened to room temperature
4 1/2cupsicing sugar
4tbsp heavy cream
2tspvanilla bean paste
Preheat oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.
In a large bowl use a hand mixer on medium speed to cream together the butter and brown sugar until it is light and fluffy.
Add in one egg, 1/2 cup room temperature milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 cup molasses and beat on medium speed until well combined.
In a medium bowl mix together 1 1/2 cups pastry flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg and 1/4 tsp ground cloves.
Slowly pour flour mixture into the molasses mixture and continue to beat with a hand mixer on medium speed just until combined well.
Use an ice cream scoop to fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of one of the cupcakes comes out clean. Then remove from the oven and let the cupcakes cool completely.
Prepare vanilla bean frosting.
Vanilla Bean Frosting
In a large bowl add 1 1/2 cups of softened unsalted butter and beat with a hand mixer on medium-high until the butter is light and fluffy and nearly white in colour. About 5 minutes.
Add in 4 tbsp of heavy cream and 2 tsp of vanilla bean paste. Continue to beat on medium while slowly adding in the 4 1/2 cups of icing sugar. Continue to beat until the frosting looks light and fluffy scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally. About 5-6 minutes
Frost completely cooled cupcakes and decorate with a small gingerbread man, sprinkles or decorative sugar.
Vanilla Bean Paste can be swapped out for 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extractThis recipe has been adapted from the Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe on Sally's Baking Addiction.