Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MSC - Gingerbread Cupcakes


This recipe arrived at the perfect moment and I had fun with it. It was the dress rehearsal before my choir's holiday concert. I wanted to bring this hard-working group of women a special treat.

I turned these into mini-cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Then I added the little gingerbread stars on top.


It turned out that I used the last of my molasses making the stars, so when it came to the cupcakes, I used maple syrup. They were a little sticky coming out of the pan, but they firmed up and tasted delicious. I also added a couple of teaspoons of fresh grated ginger to pump up the flavour. I've learned the trick of keeping my ginger root in the freezer. It doesn't spoil and it's much easier to grate.

Many thanks to Kayte of one of my favourite blogs Grandma's Kitchen Table for choosing this recipe. Her photo of this cupcake is delightful!

23 comments:

  1. ((heheh i'm only just noticing: "be polite...i'm canadian, eh")) too funny! these are very nice with the stars. i, too, didn't use molasses with the cupcakes, i used a syrup of sorts and i think it helped make them on the hard side...as sugar does. anyways, yours are very nice! eh.

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  2. Wow- you really did do all the work on these! They look fabulous. I might have gone for the cookies on top if I had had somewhere to take these.
    Very nice job! I love that you added fresh ginger, I bet that made these taste amazing.

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  3. Those cupcakes look amazing! I bet the women in choir loved them! Those stars on top are the perfect finishing touch!! YUM!!!

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  4. Great looking cupcakes and Love the stars!

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  5. Oh, thank you so much for the lovely sentiment, you are so sweet. Right back at you! I love, love, love what you did with this recipe and those stars are so perfect! I cannot wait to try this, so just know right now that I am stealing this star idea for cupcakes for the swimmer brunch this weekend. I always tell those kids they are STARS! each and every one of them...won't this be so perfect? Thanks for the idea. That's why I love coming here, always great ideas!

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  6. Your cupcakes are beautiful - just perfect. Your combination of flavors sounds delicious also; cream cheese + maple + molasses cookies + ginger. I hope you saved me one!! I'm going to go stick my ginger root in the freezer right now, thanks for the tip.

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  7. Oooh - yummy yummy. They look wonderful. Makes me wish I had one.

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  8. You are most definitely a hard-working woman who deserves these cupcakes! On top of being in a choir and baking these cupcakes for your choir, you went and made all those adorable stars! Awesome job with these!

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  9. Beautiful! Thank you for the wonderful tip about the gingerroot!

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  10. These are gorgeous Clivia! Love all those precious gingerbread stars.

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  11. Love the gingerbread stars on top! You really went all out. They look delicious.

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  12. your cuppies look GREAT! and that star cookie cutter looks really neat!!

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  13. I love the Gingerbread stars!

    I thought these cupcakes were delicious, too!

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  14. Good for you, using the real deal ginger! I bet you they tasted delicious!

    I wasn't a fan of the recipe, but I think I am just too hard on myself. Who knows. Mine wasn't moist and they tasted like muffins, yuck.

    Yours look great with the cookies! Awesome!

    Thanks for baking along with us!

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  15. Just beautiful, beautiful! I love ginger cake.

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  16. I absolutely love your minis with the perfect bit of frosting and the stars on top! You went all out. Your adaptations sound awesome. I much prefer maple syrup to molasses so I'm very intrigued to try them that way!

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  17. Your cupcakes look spectacular, great job! Every single month I want to try the MSC selection, they always look so good.

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  18. These look delicious...and I LOVE the gingerbread stars on top! Those cupcakes are GORGEOUS!

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  19. Your cupcakes look wonderul! I love the stars, such a nice addition!

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  20. Cute little stars sitting on top of that little swirls. beautiful job.

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  21. Pretty little cupcakes! Nice frosting job too!

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