On the tenth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…… Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread Men Cupcakes
Makes 18 cupcakes

115g butter, softened

55g dark brown sugar

50g caster sugar

1 large egg

150ml treacle

310g plain flour

1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/4tsp ground ginger

230ml greek yoghurt
Gingerbread men (optional) to decorate

500g icing sugar, sifted

1 tbsp meringue powder/meri-white/egg white powder
1 x box of Silver Spoon Royal Icing Sugar
90ml lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 160c fan/180c/Gas Mark 4.
Cream together the butter and the sugars.

Add in the egg and give it another good mix up.

Measure out all the dry ingredients together.

Next is this recipe’s secret ingredient…okay not so secret Total Greek Yoghurt.

Measure the treacle, yoghurt and add to the mixture along with all the dry ingredients.

Thoroughly combine until you have a fairly thick cake mixture.

Add to cupcake cases filling them each 2/3rds full.  Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until risen, golden and firm to the touch.

For the decoration I have made some teeny tiny miniature gingerbread using a super cute teeny tiny gingerbread man cutter.  (Link to the set at the end of the post).
The little men are purely optional but do look lovely!

75 g soft brown sugar

2 tbsp syrup

1 tbsp treacle

1 tsp ground ginger

110g butter

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

225g plain flour
Sorry I have photo fail here as I forgot to pick up the camera but I’m sure you can manage it.
Place the sugar, butter, syrup, treacle and ginger in a pan and heat over a medium heat until fully melted and combined.Take off the heat and stir in the flour and bicarbonate of soda and mix with a wooden spoon into a dough.Place the dough in a plastic bag and chill in the fridge for one hour.Once chilled, roll out the dough, cut into gingerbread men and place on a greased baking tray.Bake in the oven at 180c/170c Fan/ Gas Mark 4, for 10–12 mins for full size gingerbread men and only 3-4 minutes for the tiny ones for decorating these cakes.  Allow to cool on the tray for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Mix up the royal icing – 500g icing sugar, one tablespoon of egg white powder/meringue powder/meri-white and approx 90ml lemon juice.  The lemon juice stops the royal icing from setting rock hard and works really well with the gingerbread cakes.  I use meringue powder all the time for royal icing but you can just use a box of royal icing sugar powder from the supermarket if you prefer.
Pipe or dot buttons and eyes onto the miniature men with the icing.

The frosting should be thick and spreadable.  Using an angled small palette knife is the best tool for the job, but if you don’t have one a table knife will work just fine.

Place a good dollop onto the top of a cake and holding the cake in one hand and the knife in the other start spreading the frosting to the edges working around the cake in a circular motion.

Top with a little gingerbread man – keep your eye on it so that it stays upright and fixes in place.

And here’s one just to make you smile!

Gingerbread Men Cupcakes

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Finalist on BBC2 The Great British Bake Off

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27 Responses to On the tenth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…… Gingerbread Cupcakes

  1. Kat says:

    Ohhhhh these are sooo cute!! I love the gingerbread men. I'll have to make some soon.

  2. Joy says:

    Ruth, they are adorable. Going to try that recipe. BTW I disagree about the gingies being optional. Reckon they are absolutely essential to the cuteness.

  3. Kim says:

    Oh yum! I made some gingerbread cupcakes earlier this week but this looks like a much better recipe, will have to give it a try! Love the little gingerbread men too.

  4. Poohtle says:

    Fabulous. Love the last pic, it made me smile

  5. Anonymous says:

    oh my… I thought yesterday's mince pies were the pinnacle of a truly lovely collection, but these cupcakes look even more fabulous. Thank you Ruth, your generosity in sharing all this loveliness it is truly appreciated.
    Lots of Love
    Lisa xx

  6. julieh says:

    oh these look lovely my sis loves any kind of ginger cake
    can anyone tell me could i just use golden syrup
    as ive run out of treacle??
    thanks in advance for any help here

  7. yjksrkk says:

    Ooh looks lovely, I shall be giving these a try this weekend!

  8. Mossy says:

    oh my, these are too cute!! Going to give these a try.

  9. LMA says:

    Am I being blind? I can't see the link to buy the teenie gingerbread cutters and I so need to get me some of them! Fab recipe, thank you.

  10. bimble says:

    made this up, and then discovered I actually didn't have any cupcake cases left. So now waiting for my gingerbread loaf to cool to see if it worked 🙂

  11. Ruth says:

    LMA – little man cutter is part of the set Wilton Christmas Cutters just at the end of the post, link is to Amazon x

  12. bimble says:

    Well I made the recipe as a single cake… and it's gorgeous (naturally) but I have to recommend that people don't do this! The cake is so deliciously rich, that even I (and I'm a big lad) have trouble finishing a full slice. Planning on buying some cupcake cases on monday so I can do it justice

  13. Debi says:

    I found TKMaxx has a good selection of mini gingerbread men cutters – got a pack of 6 little men doing different actions for £1.99.

    Just waiting for the gingerbread dough to cool in the fridge.

    In your recipe you have said butter for the cupcakes – is it ok to use stork or is it better to use proper butter?!


  14. Ruth says:

    julieh – I wouldn't use golden syrup at the sugar content will be too high and the taste just won't be the same x

    Debi – you get the best flavour from butter but stork or marg is okay in cakes just don't use it for pastry or biscuits x

  15. nik says:

    i made the cupcakes yesterday and they are simply delicious..neither too sweet nor too spicy. for the frosting, i used the second option cos i couldnt get the meringue powder. the citrus flavour compliments the spicy cake. and i cheated on the gingerbread man, used readymade iced snowman instead.

  16. Anonymous says:

    saw your feature in the mail on sunday, Congratulations

  17. James Taylor says:

    Saved this recipe since Christmas for a suitable opportunity… which has finally come! However, I haven't been able to find brown cupcake cases anywhere. White ones are in plentiful supply, although I think these would look much better in brown. Any tips? Thanks!

  18. Ruth says:

    Hi James – I hope you've found some brown cases by now but if not Morrisons do a pack of all brown ones and Asda do a mixed white and brown pack of cases x

  19. James Taylor says:

    Thanks Ruth – that's good to know & much appreciated.

  20. LINDSEY says:

    Only recently found the Pink Whisk and have made the gingerbread men cupcakes for the first time today.The family love them and I am really pleased with the results.

  21. shirley says:

    Thanks Ruth! With your gingerbread men recipe I have finally found biscuits which taste as good as they look. I have tried various different recipes and was always disappointed…until yours! Thanks again for sharing.

  22. Kirstine Fuller says:

    Hi Ruth, these look amazing, but I cant see the link for the tiny gingerbread cutters 🙁

  23. Lisa Brooks says:

    Hi, just found this and wondered how long these cupcakes will keep for? i’d like to make them for my xmas hampers

  24. Kathleen McKeown says:

    Hi going to give these ago they look good enough to eat!!!xx

  25. Jan says:

    The pink whisk has got to be the best web site ever! thank you Ruth. I just wish there were more hours in the day to try out all your fab recipes

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