Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe
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*If you prefer to omit the cocoa powder you can replace with 2 tablespoons of flour
Serves: 24 standard or 48 miniature cupcakes
  • Unsalted Butter 1 stick (113g)
  • Light Brown sugar 1 cup (210g)
  • Egg large 1 (50g)
  • Hot water 1 cup (237ml) *approximately 140° F
  • Molasses 1¼ cup (425g) (300ml)
  • Baking Soda 1 teaspoon (5g)
  • Baking Powder 1 teaspoon (5g)
  • Salt ½ teaspoon (3g)
  • Ground Ginger 2 teaspoons (3.5g)
  • Ground Cloves ¼ teaspoon (.5g)
  • Ground Cinnamon 1½ teaspoon (3g)
  • All Purpose Flour 2 ½ cups (325g)
  • Natural Unsweetened Cocoa Powder *not dutched 2 Tablespoons
  1. Cream the softened butter and light brown sugar on medium -high speed until very light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Scrape bowl periodically to ensure even mixing
  3. Sift together all the dry ingredients from the baking powder to the cocoa powder and reserve.
  4. Add the molasses to the hot water and then add the baking soda to that. It will bubble up as the baking soda begins to activate. Stir to combine
  5. Add the egg to the creaming mixture and mix well.
  6. Add ⅓ of the dry ingredients to the creaming mixture, blend well
  7. Then add ½ of the molasses/water to the creaming mixture slowly while mixing on low - medium speed
  8. Stop and scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl often
  9. Repeat the process with another ⅓ of the dry, the remaining liquids and then the last addition of dry ingredients
  10. Pour the batter cupcake liners filling half way and bake immediately in preheated 350° F oven Until It is Done approximately 15 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center will yield sticky crumbs, not liquid or do the finger test, when it is springy to the touch they are done
Recipe by Gretchen's Bakery at