I have to admit I hesitated a lot before baking these. I love gingerbread and since I eat it only at Christmas time, it conveys a lot of pleasure. But I was not sure about the combination with lemon.
Finally, I stopped being a Grinch and jumped into those Christmas smells and flavours.
The original recipe comes from Epicurious but was adapted after reading the comments.
Makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
1 large egg, beaten lightly
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
250 grams (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
To make cupcakes
• Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
• Sift together the flour, the ground ginger, the cinnamon, the cloves, the allspice, and the salt
• In another bowl, beat the oil and sugar
• Beat in the molasses and the egg until the mixture is smooth
• Combine baking soda with 1/2 cup boiling water and stir to dissolve the baking soda
• Stir the mixture into the molasses mixture
• Stir the molasses mixture into the flour mixture
• Put in the pan.
• Bake 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
• Cool the cupcakes for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan and moving to a rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting
• Beat the butter with the cream cheese, add lemon juice and zest
• Frost the cooled cupcakes, and garnish with whatever will make you feel like Christmas.
– A mouthful of Christmas
– Tastes like Christmas
– Some advice: Crunch the candy cane in your mouth and then eat the cupcake.
With all the smells of spice and molasses cooking, these are almost more pleasant to bake then to eat – especially since I crushed the spices myself and added cardamom into the mix!
Score: 4/5 cherries
Isabel Lapointe is CakeMail’s Cherry In Chief (and our resident baking expert!). Follow her on Twitter at @CherryInChief.