Gingerbread cupcakes

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes 55 minutes

Makes: 8

Ingredients

75g butter, softened
100g golden caster sugar
100ml black treacle (about 160g)
1 large Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Egg and 1 large egg yolk
180g plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground nutmeg
100ml hot semi skimmed milk
1 tsp baking powder

FOR THE ICING

100g butter, softened
200g full fat soft cheese
1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
400g golden icing sugar, sieved
2 tbsp semi skimmed milk
8 mini gingerbread men

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Prepare a 12-hole muffin tray and line with 8 Waitrose Cooks’ Homebaking Tulip Wrap muffin cases.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the treacle, followed by the egg and egg yolk, and beat the mixture until well combined.

3. Sift the flour with the spices, add to the mixture and continue to beat until smooth. Mix the hot milk with the baking powder, add to the mixture and beat until combined.

4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cases and place in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, until the cupcakes are springy to touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before icing.

5. For the icing: beat together the butter, soft cheese, cinnamon and icing sugar. Add the milk and beat until light and fluffy. Spoon this icing into a Waitrose Cooks’ Homebaking Piping Bag, cut off the end so you have a wide nozzle and use to pipe the cooled cakes. Top with a gingerbread man and serve with a dusting of cinnamon.