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Easy Gingerbread Cupcakes with Homemade Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Easy Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Angie Kauffman
You’ll love this easy gingerbread cupcake recipe that starts with a boxed cake mix with lots of great additions. This recipe also features easy to make homemade cinnamon cream cheese frosting. This recipe is perfect for Christmas gatherings as well as throughout wintertime.
Course Dessert


Gingerbread Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix of your choosing
  • 8 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup half and half or milk, if you prefer
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon you can add more or less depending on your taste preference


Gingerbread Cupcake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Fill a muffin pan with cupcake baking liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the yellow cake mix, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Whisk ingredients together to combine.
  • In a small bowl, add eggs, brown sugar, molasses, and butter. Combine ingredients.
  • Add the wet ingredients from the small bowl into the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Fold these in with a spatula.
  • Add water and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Fill each muffin cup 2/3 of the way full with your finished batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until the cupcakes springs back when touched.
  • Allow cupcakes to fully cool before adding frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Directions

  • Beat the softened cream cheese and butter for one minute or until creamy.
  • Add half of the creamer (or milk) and slowly add in the confectioners’ sugar (1/2 cup at a time) until the mixture is light and fluffy. If it is too thick, add more creamer (or milk) to thin the mixture, adding just a little at a time.
  • Add cinnamon and incorporate completely. Taste the frosting and decide if you would like to add more cinnamon, then add accordingly.
  • Place your cinnamon cream cheese frosting in a piping bag with the tip of your choice and frost the cupcakes.
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