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Gingerbread Cupcakes With Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Photo: Diana Rattray
These gingerbread cupcakes are delicious with the included lemon cream cheese frosting, but feel free to top them with a lemon glaze or sweetened whipped cream. A purchased cream cheese frosting would also work well. These cupcakes make a wonderful treat for any party or special occasion, or make them for a weekend treat for your family.

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 1 Dozen Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • ***Cupcakes***
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  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
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  • ***Frosting***
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  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Preparation:

Heat the oven to 350°. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Whisk to blend dry ingredients thoroughly.

In a saucepan, combine the water, molasses, and 1/2 cup of butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and the mixture just begins to simmer. Remove from the heat.

Whisk the hot mixture into the dry ingredients until blended. Whisk in the lightly beaten egg until the batter is smooth and well blended.

Fill the 12 lined muffin cups about two-thirds full, distributing the batter evenly.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until cupcakes are firm and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of a cupcake.

Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove the cupcakes to a rack to cool completely.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Frosting:
Beat the cream cheese with 2 tablespoons of butter until light and creamy. Beat in lemon zest, lemon juice, and the lemon extract and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Slowly beat in 1 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar. Increase mixer speed and beat for 2 to 3 minutes, adding more confectioners' sugar if a stiffer frosting is desired.

Makes about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of frosting, enough to frost 12 cupcakes or a 1-layer cake.

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