Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

The lemon frosting on these delicious cupcakes really has a zing.



Gingerbread can sometimes be quite heavy, but these little cupcakes are light and wonderfully spiced. The combination of lemon frosting is ideal as the citrus flavour provides a great lift to the cake itself.

The other great thing about these is that they are quick and easy to make – ideal for this busy time of year.

The recipe came from the December 2012 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine (Australian version).

Ingredients – makes 12:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 1/2 cup (firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 1 cup golden syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup icing (powdered) sugar
  • juice of half a lemon


  • Heat your oven to 180C/160C fan forced/350F.
  • Spray a 12-hole muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • Put the flour, bicarb of soda and spices into a large bowl. Add the brown sugar and stir to combine.
  • Put the golden syrup, milk and oil into a large jug and whisk using a fork.
  • Add the liquid from the jug into the flour mixture and stir well until smooth.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the 12 holes of the muffin pan. They will be very full.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until risen. A skewer inserted into the centre of the middle cake should come out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, gradually add the juice of the lemon until you get to the desired consistency.
  • Spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes – only a little is required on each one.
  • Leave to set for a few minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!


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6 Responses to Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

  1. Those are absolutely gorgeous – very pretty and festive. And of course, we all love gingerbread!

  2. windykitchen says:

    mmmm great flavor combination!

  3. Love the frosting dripping off the sides. I would eat these for breakfast easily.

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