Gearing up for Blakey’s first Christmas around these parts, last minute present shopping, and trying to actually relax but, I’m back with a super simple caramel gingerbread cupcake recipe that will be the bell of your jingle ball! I hope you’ll try it and if you do, tag me @Pizzazzerie on Instagram so I can see your sweet cupcakes! Whether you are entertaining friends at home or just whipping up a special dessert for a holiday movie night with your family, this caramel gingerbread cupcake recipe is the perfect sweet treat.
The flavors of molasses and brown sugar make this cupcake delicious on its own (call it a muffin, we won’t tell), but if you really want to get the full delicious flavor of this treat, top it with the cream cheese frosting and drizzled caramel sauce. It’s truly a decadent dessert that the whole family will love!
These are a delightful holiday dessert for a crowd too! You can even make the cupcakes and freeze them ahead of time. After thawing, top with frosting and caramel drizzle. Or set up a full gingerbread dessert bar for a party at home. You can set out frosting, spices, and sauces to let everyone “build their own” cupcake treat!
Caramel Gingerbread Cupcakes
For the Cupcakes:
- ½ cup butter softened
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ½ cup molasses
- 1-1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
For the Frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 4 tablespoons butter softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup caramel sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together butter and sugar for cupcakes. Add egg, water, sour cream, and molasses, and combine until smooth.
Add in flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat for 2 minutes on low speed.
Scoop into cupcake liners (2/3 full) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
With electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until thoroughly mixed. Add in vanilla extract and beat for 2 minutes.
Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and drizzle with caramel sauce. Enjoy!
Check back soon fro some fabulous New Year’s Eve ideas!