Gingerbread Cupcakes + Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

These festive gingerbread cupcakes are perfectly spiced and ready in just 30 minutes! Serve them hot right out of the oven or enjoy them with our dreamy cinnamon cream cheese frosting!

Topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar, these gingerbread cupcakes will bring a little warmth to your kitchen and definitely get you in the holiday spirit. And really, is there anything better than the smell of fresh gingerbread wafting through the house on a chilly winter day?

frosted gingerbread cupcake with cinnamon stick garnish

gingerbread cupcakes

Incredibly soft and fluffy and packed with warming spices, these gingerbread cupcakes are the perfect winter dessert. But they also make a great mid-day snack. And okay, we’ve even been eating them for breakfast! They’re just so addicting!

The best part about these spiced cupcakes is that they can be made in just 30 minutes and you probably already have most of the necessary ingredients in your pantry! The one thing you may not have on hand is molasses, but in a pinch you could substitute it with honey. If you decide to go this route, I would recommend using a bit less honey, as it’s sweeter and generally thinner than molasses. And as for the spices, feel free to mix it up with your favorites. Ginger and cinnamon are a must, but cardamom, a dash of allspice or even ground star anise would also be great additions!

To bake your cupcakes, just distribute the mixture evenly among 12 cupcake liners or use a greased muffin tin. There should be enough cupcake batter to fill each liner approximately ¾ full. Then they’ll need to bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 F (180 C). These cupcakes are quite moist, but when they’re ready an inserted toothpick should come out mostly clean. Then you can enjoy them immediately or let them cool down and add a bit of your favorite frosting!

gingerbread cupcakes in baking tin

cinnamon cream cheese frosting

If talking about the deliciously spiced gingerbread wasn’t enough to put these little treats on your holiday baking list, allow me to introduce you to our cinnamon cream cheese frosting! It’s incredibly easy to whip up and can be made with just five ingredients: butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract, cinnamon and powdered sugar.

To ensure your cinnamon cream cheese frosting is a success, here are a few tips:

  • Allow the butter and cream cheese to come to room temperature before mixing to ensure a light and fluffy frosting.
  • Adjust the cinnamon to taste. One teaspoon is the perfect amount for us, but you can add more or less depending on how cinnamony you want your frosting!
  • When it comes time to add the powdered sugar, we recommend adding it one cup (120 g) at a time. For these particular cupcakes I used about 3.5 cups of powdered sugar, as I wanted the frosting to be quite stiff when I piped it onto the cupcakes. If you want to spread the frosting on with a knife, 2-3 cups of sugar would give you a lighter consistency.

decorating your gingerbread cupcakes

Now that you’ve got your cinnamon cream cheese frosting, it’s time to decorate our gingerbread cupcakes! For the cupcakes in the photos, I used a wilton open star tip 1M to create whirls of frosting. While I generally have piping bags on hand, a ziplock bag with the corner cut off would also get the job done. And if you’d rather, definitely feel free to use a knife or spatula to swirl the creamy frosting on top!

And if you’d like to add a few more decorative elements, I’ve got a few ideas for you! For this batch, I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon sugar on top and added little pieces of cinnamon stick to the frosting. Other great options would be to add a dash of plain cinnamon or top off your cupcakes with sprinkles like these festive little gingerbread men!

frosted cupcake with a bite taken out

If you’re looking for more sweet treats to try out this holiday season, definitely take a look at these:

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frosted gingerbread cupcake with cinnamon stick garnish

Gingerbread Cupcakes + Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12
    • Prep Time: 20 minutes
    • Cook Time: 20 minutes
    • Category: Dessert
    • Method: Baking
    • Cuisine: Global


Gingerbread Cupcakes

  • ½ cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (100 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup (140 grams) molasses
  • ½ cup (120 ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups (180 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ½ cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 34 cups (350-450 grams) powdered sugar


Gingerbread Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a muffin tin with 12 liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Beat in the egg until combined.
  4. Add the molasses, milk and vanilla extract and continue beating until incorporated.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  6. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat until well combined.
  7. Distribute the mixture evenly among the 12 muffin liners and bake for 18-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and cinnamon and continue beating.
  3. Add the powdered sugar one cup (120 g) at a time and continue beating until smooth. Continue adding powdered sugar until you reach your desired level of thickness and sweetness. I used 3.5 cups (400 g) of powdered sugar for this batch.
  4. Use a knife to spread frosting onto the cupcakes or a piping bag to decorate.

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