These are fun for Christmas parties - bite-sized and delicious! I got this recipe from another food blog that I follow. Check out the original recipe HERE.
For the cupcakes:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
3/4 cup water
For the frosting:
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. milk
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together sugar and softened butter.
Beat in eggs one at a time.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice.
Stir in water. The mixture will look a little like dough.
Gradually blend the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, one cup at a time, until all the clumps are gone.
Line cupcake pan with paper liners, and fill 2/3 full with batter. I used a mini-cupcake pan for this batch, and baked them about 12-14 minutes. If you make regular-sized cupcakes, bake for 16-18 minutes.
Now time for frosting!
Blend together the cream cheese, butter, lemon zest, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. When you're done adding the sugar, blend in the couple teaspoons of milk.
Be sure to cool the cupcakes completely before frosting. Piping frosting makes me happy...
So do sprinkles...