Gingerbread Cupcakes with Pumpkin Frosting

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Kid Friendly Halloween Recipes

Yield: 24 mini cupcakes or 12 regular-sized cupcakes

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Gingerbread Cupcakes w/ Pumpkin Frosting


5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Dutch process cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup hot milk

One 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin purée
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (more if you prefer to pipe the frosting on instead of spreading)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Spray cupcake liners lightly with nonstick spray.

2. Cream butter and sugar with electric hand mixer. Add the molasses and the egg and egg yolk.

3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot milk. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in the hot milk mixture. Pour the batter evenly into cupcake papers.

4. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly springy to the touch. Allow to cool a few minutes in the pan and remove to a rack to cool.

5. In a large bowl, mix frosting ingredients with electric hand mixer. Spread onto cooled cupcakes, or pipe on with a piping bag and a tip.


*To make things even easier, purchase a boxed gingerbread mix, prepare the cupcakes and frost w/ the homemade pumpkin frosting (these cupcakes will be better than the boxed mix though!)
*If your frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add more pumpkin puree.

Source: (Adapted from AllRecipes)


  1. postedOct 16, 2012 8:00 AM
    Amber R

    I want to make these but I can’t find unsulfured molasses. Can I use regular molasses or not? Or is there another substitution?
    Also what is the difference between dutch processed cocoa and non?

  2. postedJul 17, 2012 10:10 AM

    These look so yummy! May I ask what decorating tip you used to get such a pretty look?
    I know you made these quite awhile ago, but I found the link on pinterest!

    • postedJul 19, 2012 8:12 AM

      I wish I could tell you… I’m away on vacation for the summer & don’t have my tips with me!

  3. postedOct 30, 2010 7:35 PM

    I didnt use the gingerbread cupcake base. I made a chocolate cupcake, and used this frosting for the top and everyone LOVED it! I added more sugar so I could pipe it, and just snipped the end off a plastic bag so I could get a more rounded piping. It looked awesome. Thanks!

  4. postedOct 28, 2009 2:43 PM

    How did you keep the paper cup so white, and not oily? Also, what tip did you use for the icing?


  5. postedOct 26, 2009 10:04 AM

    These look so yummy…even though I have to watch what I eat. But would love to make them for my girls, and family. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. postedOct 24, 2009 8:38 PM

    These look so cute and fun! And super yum!

  7. postedOct 23, 2009 1:25 PM

    Adorable Lori! I bet they are delectable!

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