Gingerbread Cupcakes for a {Virtual} Holiday Party


This gingerbread cupcake is a  moist, delicious spicy cake balanced by creamy brown sugar frosting.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes

‘Tis the season for Gingerbread! I love this time of year with the return of all the seasonal flavors at places like Starbucks and Panera.

It starts with pumpkin…..oh how I love thee! Then we move on to peppermint and gingerbreadthe flavors that trigger all things holiday in side of me! (coming from the girl with not a lick of Christmas decor up in her house yet! ahem)

So when a few of my favorite food bloggers decided we needed to host a virtual holiday party, I of course said “I’ll bring a dessert!” 

I thought what says “Holiday and Warmth” more than gingerbread?……Gingerbread cupcakes maybe?  with a creamy cinnamon brown sugar butter cream topped with a little gingerbread cookie!  yes! that would be it!

Time to make your Santa’s belly jiggle…….this is one gingerbread he’ll be sure to want to catch!

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes

A moist, delicious spicy cake balanced by a creamy cinnamon brown sugar frosting.


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg, room temp and beaten
  • 1-1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 recipe cinnamon brown sugar butter cream
  • Cinnamon Brown Sugar Buttercream
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line muffin tins with baking cups.
  2. In mixing bowl, using whisk attachment, combine oil, sugar, and molasses; then add beaten egg until well mixed.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and cloves. Whisk into molasses mixture until well combined.
  4. Boil water and remove from heat. Add baking soda and whisk into batter.
  5. Fill baking cups 2/3 full and bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Set aside to cool.
  6. Top with brown sugar butter cream. Garnish with gingerbread man cookie.
  7. Cinnamon Brown Sugar Buttercream
  8. In a large mixing bowl, whisk butter and shortening until fluffy. Add brown sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon.
  9. Continue mixing until well blended. Gradually add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Until you have a very thick gooey mixture.
  10. On the highest speed of your mixer, stream in the heavy whipping cream pouring nice and slow until desired consistency. (you may need more or less cream depending on temperature and humidity)

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I piped frosting using a

Snowflake Sprinkles

For gingerbread cookies



I have been fortunate enough to connect with some really wonderful food bloggers in the last few years, and the one thing we all have in common is a passion for food.  The unfortunate part is, we all live all over the globe, so the best way we can celebrate the holidays together is with a virtual holiday eating extravaganza!  10 of us decided on a Virtual Holiday Brunch Potluck

And guess what?  You are invited!  Be sure to click over to each of these fabulous blogs and check out all the wonderful recipes!


The Drink

 Godiva Mudslide Minitini – Kristen from Dine & Dish


Main Dishes

 Gingerbread French Toast – Diane from Created by Diane

Asian Fusion Omelette/Frittata – Jeanette from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Macaroni & Cheese – Naomi from Bakers Royale


Side Dishes

Potato Casserole – Julie from The Little Kitchen

Hazelnut Roasted Brussel Sprouts – Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food



Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle with Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce – Sommer from A Spicy Perspective

 Almond Brickle Coffee Cake – Kathy from Cooking On the Side

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Buttercream – Cheryl from TidyMom


Party Favor/Hostess Gift

 Dark Chocolate Bark with Ginger, Pumpkin Seeds and Apricots – Sylvie from Gourmande in the Kitchen


Do you have any holiday parties on your schedule? Do you have a favorite dish you like to take?  Share it in the comments or on the TidyMom Facebook page! (you can link with a picture on Facebook)


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

98 Responses to “Gingerbread Cupcakes for a {Virtual} Holiday Party”

  1. JulieD posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:23 am (#)

    I love your cupcakes, Cheryl! Seriously wished we lived closer! Forget cookies, leave these cupcakes out for Santa! Love it!

  2. Amanda posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:24 am (#)

    SO beautiful!! They sound as delicious as they look!

  3. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:26 am (#)

    love these! So cute!

  4. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:31 am (#)

    Those cupcakes are seriously, seriously cute. And, they sound delicious, too. What a fun party!

  5. Lori @ RecipeGirl posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:32 am (#)

    LOVE them. They’re darling!

  6. sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:36 am (#)

    Yummy! I love this time of year too for all the great food.

  7. heather posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:37 am (#)

    OH my gosh, SO yummy and CUTE!

  8. Tickled Red posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:55 am (#)

    These are just adorable!! The boys and all of their buddies will love these during the holidays.

  9. Maria posted on December 6, 2011 at 9:01 am (#)

    The cupcakes are too cute!

  10. Jeanette posted on December 6, 2011 at 9:12 am (#)

    I agree, gingerbread, cinnamon and brown sugar all speak to the warmth of the holidays. Just love how cute your cupcakes are with the gingerbread men on top!

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga posted on December 6, 2011 at 9:37 am (#)

    Oh Cheryl these look amazing!

    I would love to go to THIS dinner party :)

    And just the buttercream alone…swoon.

  12. Karly posted on December 6, 2011 at 9:50 am (#)

    These look simply amazing! I’ve never had a gingerbread cupcake before!

  13. susan posted on December 6, 2011 at 9:56 am (#)

    those are gorgeous, Cheryl! I would attend your virtual pot luck any time of the year!

  14. Cookbook Queen posted on December 6, 2011 at 9:59 am (#)

    Completely adorable!!

  15. Nancy@acommunaltable posted on December 6, 2011 at 10:12 am (#)

    I was just thinking about making gingerbread so this clinches the deal… off to the kitchen to whip some up! Mine sadly won’t look as cute as these though!!

  16. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted on December 6, 2011 at 10:26 am (#)

    These sound delightful!

  17. Paula posted on December 6, 2011 at 11:02 am (#)

    I’m up for anything gingerbread! These are so cute.

  18. leana posted on December 6, 2011 at 11:33 am (#)

    Looks yummy, question do these need to be kept in the fridge and/or can they stay on the counter for a few hours? thanks

    • leana replied on December 6th, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Thank you for responding, that you can leave on the counter. Going to make a batch for our Christmas canned food drive party.

  19. sweetsugarbelle posted on December 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm (#)

    These are beautiful Cheryl! I love everything about them!

  20. Carolyn posted on December 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm (#)

    These look so good. If I was really at this brunch, I’d be standing right by the plate of these.

  21. Dina posted on December 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm (#)

    they are adorable, love the photos!

  22. trisha posted on December 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm (#)

    very cute, love the recipe!

  23. Kristen posted on December 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm (#)

    These are simply gorgeous cupcakes, Cheryl!

  24. jules @ bananamondaes posted on December 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm (#)

    I am obsessed with gingerbread…just made ginger caramel with ginger apple pies. You mini gingerbread men are absolutely gorgeous. Lovely post.

  25. HeatherChristo posted on December 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm (#)

    Oh Cheryl!
    These look so wonderful. I have a soft spot for gingerbread, and these make gingerbread so fun!

  26. thelittleloaf posted on December 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm (#)

    Just discovered you via Tastespotting… Your cupcakes sound delicious and those little gingerbread men are so cute! Gorgeous festive recipe :-)

  27. Claire @ Claire K Creations posted on December 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm (#)

    These are seriously adorable!

  28. aida mollenkamp posted on December 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm (#)

    I just finished baking some molasses-ginger cookies when I starting reading your post. These cupcakes seem like a perfect addition to your virtual party!

  29. Diane {Created by Diane} posted on December 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm (#)

    These are adorable. Love the little guys on top and the frosting sounds so yummy.

  30. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on December 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm (#)

    Oh that cinnamon brown sugar buttercream with the gingerbread cupcake must be killer! I know everyone gets excited about pumpkin and peppermint during the holidays but gingerbread will always have my heart!

  31. Vicki Bensinger posted on December 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm (#)

    Your gingerbread cupcakes look amazing!

  32. jas @ the gluten free scallywag posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm (#)

    oh these are so darling – I love them!

  33. Kathy - Panini Happy posted on December 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm (#)

    These are so cute, Cheryl! I might make them just for that frosting alone. :-)

  34. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on December 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm (#)

    I love anything gingerbread…I have such a weird obsession with gingerbread people like those cute lil cupcake toppers of yours.

  35. christy posted on December 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm (#)

    not only are these adorable…they look delicious as well. gingerbread is a favorite of mine…i can’t wait to try your version. stopping by from tastespotting

  36. Michele posted on December 7, 2011 at 4:40 am (#)

    Those look adorable. And the recipe sounds to die for. I love the little gingerbread men.

  37. Asmita posted on December 7, 2011 at 9:24 am (#)

    These cupcakes look amazing and love the little gingerbread man on top. How cute!

  38. Sue posted on December 8, 2011 at 11:33 am (#)

    Love these! Great photos too:) The cinnamon brown sugar buttercream is a “must try”!

  39. Heather Mulholland posted on December 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm (#)

    Why haven’t I seen this before? Excellent idea!

  40. bridget {bake at 350} posted on December 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm (#)

    I bet those are delicious….and the pictures are SO pretty!!!

  41. Laura posted on December 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm (#)

    These are so cute, the perfect cupcakes for Christmas.

  42. Georgia Pellegrini posted on December 9, 2011 at 9:18 am (#)

    The gingerbread men-toppers are delightful. Thanks for the recipe!

  43. Cristina posted on December 10, 2011 at 11:46 am (#)

    this way to present cupcakes is so cute, I love it! Buttercream seems yummy!

  44. Shirley L posted on December 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm (#)

    Almost too cute to eat!

  45. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on December 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm (#)

    I love these cupcakes, Cheryl! They are just stunning, and oh so cute! I’m dreaming up all sorts of cute decorated gingerbread cookies on top, too. :)

  46. Megan posted on December 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm (#)

    Just baked these today, they’re delicious! If you love baking, try these out.

  47. Maysem posted on December 13, 2011 at 12:07 am (#)

    Those look so yum!! Definitely will be trying them:D Thanks for sharing!

  48. Ruth posted on December 13, 2011 at 9:10 am (#)

    These cupcakes look beautiful and sound incredibly yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  49. jas @ the gluten free scallywag posted on December 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm (#)

    seriously – these are way too cute!

  50. Joanne posted on December 18, 2011 at 10:13 am (#)

    These are adorable! I might have to make these for Christmas. Thanks for sharing-Joanne


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