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Gingerbread Cupcakes

Use large cupcake papers and two jumbo muffin tins to bake these cupcakes. They are glazed with either a chocolate or butter glaze and then piped with meringue buttercream.

  • yield: Makes 10

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsulphered molasses
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 recipe Butter Glaze
  • 1 recipe Chocolate Glaze
  • 1 recipe Meringue Buttercream

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 10 jumbo muffin tins with paper baking cups, and set aside. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. In a bowl, combine boiling water and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, ground spices, salt, and baking powder; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until light. Beat in the brown sugar until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses, baking-soda mixture, and flour mixture. Beat in the eggs.

  3. Step 3

    Fill the cupcake papers three-quarters full, making sure that the batter is divided evenly. Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the center of them comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cupcakes cool a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

Source
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Reviews (4)

  • 15 Dec, 2011

    Instead of using large muffin tins, I used a regular muffin tray and baked for 18-20 minutes (until toothpick came out clean) They were perfect! No pits in the middle like others had with the larger ones. A perfect dome top :) Made about 18 muffins.

  • 11 Dec, 2011

    This is a great recipe! I changed the water out but it turned out amazing.

  • 20 Feb, 2011

    I'm terribly disappointed. While they taste terrific, they aren't presentable at all. They have a HUGE pit in the middle of them. Too much baking powder/soda? I'm not sure! But they suck.

  • 22 Dec, 2010

    The flavor of these cupcakes are divine! The texture is perfect! I have made 3 batches today and the only problem I have is the sinking centers :( Any ideas as to why would be great! I'm making cakeballs out of the ones I can't use...yummy!