Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Gingerbread Man Cupcakes

My previous post explains how I made 60 cupcakes for Jim's birthday and as they were disappearing at an alarming rate he decided to stash some back for his department.

I didnt actually get to eat a single one and I was lamenting this to him. So he brought me one back. A lovely little gingerbread man one.

These were by far the favourites so I thought I would share the recipe etc with you!

The gingerbread recipe makes a serious amount of gingerbread. I've got a sizeable chunk of dough now in my freezer after making the gingerbread men.


125gr butter
115gr golden caster sugar
2 eggs
10gr dark brown sugar
1tsp ginger powder
1tsp baking powder
125gr self raising flour
12 small chunks of jarred stem ginger (cut into about 1/2cm cubes)

Gingerbread Men
350gr plain flour
2tsp ground ginger
1tsp baking powder
100gr cold butter cut into cubes
175gr soft brown sugar
1 egg
4tbsp golden syrup

1, First make the gingerbread by sifting the dry ingredients together into a bowl and rub in the butter.
2, Add in the sugar and mix well.
3, Add in the eggs and syrup and mix together to form a dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for an hour.
4, Preheat the oven to 180o/c. Remove from the fridge, lightly dust a worktop with flour and roll out to about 1cm thick. Stamp out gingerbread men with a cutter.
5, Spread out on a lined baking sheet and bake for 5-10minutes until golden. Cool before decorating and use on cupcakes.

6, To make the cupcakes, cream together the butter and two sugars until pale and fluffy.
7, Beat in the eggs
8, Sift in the flour, ground ginger and baking powder and fold in until well combined.
9, Fill cupcake cases with the mixture and poke under the surface of the batter a chunk of ginger
10, Bake for 20-25 minutes at 180o/c until golden and springy to the touch. Cool well before icing.

Ginger Buttercream
115gr soft butter
260 gr icing sugar
1/2tsp or 1tsp ground ginger (depends how gingery you like things)

1, Beat the icing sugar and butter together with the ground ginger until smooth.
2, Using a large star nozzle, pipe swirls on top.
3, Gently sit a gingerbread man on top.


  1. Oh my, your gingerbread men are too cute! Gingerbread cupcakes are one of my favs. That's a shame you didn't get one.

  2. I loved them too, it was sad sending them off! Jim managed to sneak one back for me though =)
    Love your blog by the way, your Mario cupcakes look amazing!

  3. K seriously, these are so dang cute!!! May just have to make these soon!