Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting

This gingerbread cupcake recipe is perfect for the holidays.  Your family will love these gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!I will take any excuse to make gingerbread baked goods.

Like, it’s December.  Or it’s cold outside.  Or it’s Tuesday.

I just love that combination of spices and molasses and cake.  Cake frosted with a combination of spices and cream cheese and sugar.

Whoever came up with gingerbread in the first place was a genius.  Genius, I tell you.

You know what else was genius?  Spending this holiday party with my friends.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!

You remember my friends, right?  We’ve been celebrating holidays together for a while now.  Perhaps you remember last year’s Christmas party?

We had so much fun at all our previous parties, we decided to do it again this Christmas.  We’ve all come up with some fun new holiday recipes, just for you.  See what I mean?

Christmas Recipes on - #HolidayFoodParty

1. Chocolate Peppermint Bark from Cravings of a Lunatic
2. Buche de Noel from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
3. Cranberry Moscow Mule from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
4. Chocolate Gingerbread Crumb Cake from Hungry Couple
5. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
6. Apres Ski Boozy Tea from Pineapple and Coconut
7. Raspberry Almond Torte from Magnolia Days
8. Fruit and Nut Bars from What Smells So Good

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!

I’m adding this Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe to my collection of reasons why I love Gingerbread!!


Want more?  Try these gingerbread recipes!

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Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting
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A spicy molasses cupcake with spiced cream cheese frosting.
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 15 cupcakes
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  1. FOR CUPCAKES: Cream shortening and brown sugar. Add egg and molasses and mix well.
  2. Add spices, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix well.
  3. Add milk and flour alternately, mixing just until combined.
  4. Fill lined muffin cups about halfway, and bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
  5. FOR FROSTING: Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add spices and mix to incorporate. Add powdered sugar, and mix until combined, thick and smooth. (You can add more or less powdered sugar to reach the consistency you want.)
  6. Use a piping bag to pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.


8 thoughts on “Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting

  1. Liz

    Oh, my. I need to add these gorgeous cupcakes to my baking list for the holidays! I make gingersnaps every year…and the flavors and aroma put me in such a festive mood! Plus I need an excuse to make that exquisite cream cheese frosting!

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  3. Carla

    Your chai frosting is making me want chai tea! Never had it with gingerbread before, but I’m sure all of the spices make a lovely pairing.

  4. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    I’m in love with these photos and this recipe, Jen. I always make sure I make something gingerbread flavoured every holiday season – it just wouldn’t be Christmas without it! The chai frosting sounds delicious. Thank you for another fantastic holiday food party. I’m sad I didn’t join in but I’ll be sure to get my ass in gear for the next one.

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