Recipe courtesy of Duff Goldman

Gingerbread Cupcakes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min (plus cooling)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 24 gingerbread cupcakes
As a Holiday Baking Championship judge for eight years, Duff Goldman knows a thing or two about gingerbread — so he was a natural to star in the new discovery+ movie A Gingerbread Christmas! He plays Mark Clemmons, a food celebrity who hosts a gingerbread-house competition that Hazel Stanley (actress Tiya Sicar) sets out to win to save her family’s floundering bakery. Stream the movie and whip up some of Duff’s gingerbread cupcakes to go with it!


For the Cupcakes:

For the Frosting:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F and line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. Make the cupcakes: Beat the butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the molasses, scraping down the bowl.
  3. Sift the flour, spices and salt into a medium bowl; add to the butter mixture and beat until just combined. Combine the baking soda and boiling water in a small bowl, then fold into the batter (it will be runny). Divide among the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean or with crumbs, about 20 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan, then remove to a rack to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make the frosting: Beat the confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until smooth. Spread or pipe on the cupcakes. Dust with cinnamon.