Gingerbread Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

A small batch recipe for easy homemade moist gingerbread cupcakes with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting. A must make holiday dessert!

Easy homemade gingerbread cupcakes with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Being an adult can be really dumb, in the sense that you get excited over things you never EVER expected to be happy about as a child. For example… furniture or new appliances. I mean, what kid would really be excited about that, unless it’s for their own room and it’s super cute and awesome – right? Well, this time, it’s window candle holders. I planned really poorly and bought electric window candles for the holidays. The cords make them so they not only all have to be plugged in (obviously)… but also, make them ridiculously hard to stay up on their own. The candles are lightweight so the cord weight pulls them down. Let’s not even discuss the fact that we have to unplug/plug them whenever we want them off or on.

Anyway, long story short… I found these suction cup window holders specifically designed to hold window candles. My fear was that the suction cups would eventually give out and they’d fall off the window…been there and it always annoys me. *knocking on wood* So far everything is staying put so I bought more for the rest of the house. If you’re in my pathetic, totally non-important, situation – you should definitely get some.

We’re still on a holiday movie binge. That’s what December weekends are for, right? This weekend the notable ones were Prancer (don’t even waste your time on it if you haven’t already – it’s awful) and the original Miracle on 34th Street. When I bought that, I was sure I’d enjoy it more than the newer version, because that’s typically how it goes for me. But after watching it the other day, I’ve decided the newer one is better. Go figure! Do you have a preference?

Easy homemade gingerbread cupcakes with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I tested this recipe so many times to get it exactly how I wanted it. You can rest assured that this is the absolute perfect batch of moist gingerbread cupcakes. Tried and true. Amazing. Incredible. An absolute must make.

If you only make one cupcake recipe this month, it has to be these.

December and gingerbread go hand in hand. They’re best buddies. You have to enjoy a gingerbread treat or two before Christmas hits!

A small batch recipe for easy homemade moist gingerbread cupcakes with brown sugar-cinnamon cream cheese frosting and a mini gingerbread cookie topper!

Easy homemade gingerbread cupcakes with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: 7 cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Moist gingerbread cupcakes with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting. A must make holiday dessert!



  • 1/4C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2C light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4C all purpose flour
  • 1/4C sour cream or yogurt
  • 2Tb hot water


  • 6oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4C brown sugar
  • 3C powdered sugar, sifted
  • Gingerbread cookies, for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with 7 paper liners. 
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla, beating until smooth. Scrape bowl as needed. Add spices, salt and baking powder, mixing until just dispersed. With mixer on low, alternate additions of flour and yogurt, finishing with 2 tablespoons of hot water. Continue mixing until no streaks remain. 
  3. Divide batter between prepared paper liners, using a large cookie scoop.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan until easy to handle, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  5. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar until just combined. Add powdered suger in small batches, mixing well between additions. Transfer frosting to a large piping bag fit with a piping tip. Pipe as desired. Alternately a gallon storage bag may be used with the corner snipped off. Decorate with a small gingerbread cookie.

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20 Responses to “Gingerbread Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting”

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — December 7, 2015 at 9:08 am

    December weekends are most definitely for binge-tv-watching and feasting on treats like these! These are gorgeous – almost too pretty to eat – the key word being almost! :)
    Hoping those suction cup window holders keep working – hey, I agree – any appliance/piece of furniture that solves an issue would get my older self excited too – but my younger self wouldn’t care!

    • Rachel — December 8th, 2015 @ 7:46 am

      Thanks Shashi! :)

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    Taylor@Food Faith Fitness — December 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Oh my gosh, could these be any cuter? Seriously!

    • Rachel — December 8th, 2015 @ 7:46 am

      Thanks Taylor!

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    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — December 8, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Oh, these are just too cute. LOVE that gingerbread cookie cutter of yours! I feel like those suction things are quite good when they’re new, so I think you should be okay!

    • Rachel — December 8th, 2015 @ 7:46 am

      Thanks Lisa! And fingers crossed they keep working ;)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 8, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Ahh these are so cute! I love the little gingerbread man on top of the frosting. A treat, for sure!

    • Rachel — December 8th, 2015 @ 7:46 am

      Thanks Julie! :)

  5. #
    Medeja — December 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    My gingerbread dream.. I must try them one day :)

    • Rachel — December 8th, 2015 @ 6:17 pm

      You must!!

  6. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 9, 2015 at 2:01 am

    How adorable are these cupcakes, I love the gingerbread topper!

    • Rachel — December 9th, 2015 @ 7:21 am

      Thanks so much, Laura!

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    Eileen — December 9, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I baked these yesterday and they were really, really good. I didn’t have any cream cheese to make the frosting so I just used a powdered sugar glaze. I’m sure they are even better with the real frosting. My husband loved them. I only have two left in the refrigerator today!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2015 @ 7:11 am

      So glad to hear you both enjoyed them! :)

  8. #
    Megan - The Emotional Baker — December 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    What an awesome gadget! Ours usually fall over in the windows and sometimes I just leave them – whoops!

    These cupcakes are also pretty awesome ;) I love the small batch and the fact they are just so darn cute! Hope to make some this holiday season :)

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2015 @ 4:13 pm

      Ha! That’s why I didn’t even want to bother with them because they were such a hassle to deal with. They’ve been staying put since I stuck them to the windows! And thanks so much, Megan! :)

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    Heather @Bostongirlbakes — December 11, 2015 at 10:41 am

    These are SO lovely! But Prancer? You don’t like that movie!? Oh my god, it’s one of my favorites (assuming there isn’t some new version you are talking about). Tear.

    • Rachel — December 12th, 2015 @ 8:09 am

      Haha it’s from the 80s I think? I’m not entirely sure but I wasn’t impressed.

  10. #
    Jillian — June 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    What a cute gingerbread man! Where did you find him?

    • Rachel — June 27th, 2016 @ 7:28 am

      There is a link to the product at the bottom of the post.

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