Mini Gingerbread Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

One of my favorite parts of December are Holiday Parties! I can’t get enough of mistletoe, spiked egg nog, mulled cider, carols, and secret Santas, (I’m actually taking part in three this year!) Of course, the delicious bite-sized snacks and treats make these parties even better. I’m not hosting one until we move into a bigger place, but I’m planning on hosting a few small friend get-togethers so I get a chance to spread some cheer and show off my cute tree! If I were having a big party though, with a full dessert table- these cupcakes would be on it without a doubt.

The base of these cutie little cupcakes is a soft and fluffy gingerbread cake that is topped with a creamy mascarpone frosting and some candied ginger bits. The frosting is less sweet than normal buttercream and has just a hint of lemon added for a hint of tartness. It offsets the spices in the cake perfectly and the candied ginger is a sweet finishing touch.

This was actually my first time making gingerbread of any kind and I couldn’t be more in love with this recipe. I look forward to changing up the size and trying full size cupcakes or even a bundt cake. I also had never worked with mascarpone and think it is to die for. (if you want to splurge a little.) If not- cream cheese would also work in a pinch!

Mini Gingerbread Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Yield: 36 mini cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese room temp.
  • 1/2 cup butter- room temp.
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-3 Tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 tsp lemon extract, or 1 T lemon juice
  • candied ginger for topping


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in water and molasses. (Mixture may be a bit lumpy at this point- don't worry!)
  2. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg and cloves; add to the creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until well combined- but don't over-mix.
  3. Fill paper-lined mini muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

For Frosting:

  1. Cream the mascarpone and butter until thick and well-combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar until thick and creamy. Mix in lemon extract or juice. If frosting seems too thick, gradually add milk if needed.
  2. Frost cupcakes and top with candied ginger.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Cupcake recipe adapted from: Taste of Home


  1. Your cookies look great – I might serve those!!!

  2. Carrot cake cupcakes would look great on that tray!

  3. Rachel Jaggers says:

    I think chocolate thumbprint cookies would look cute (with festive sprinkles!)

  4. My Christmas cookies!!

  5. awh..they look delicious! i love a good mascarpone frosting. it’s so easy to make and tastes even better than the classic cream cheese ones!

  6. Rachel A Garber says:

    my French cookies!!

  7. I’d serve my delicious raspberry bars.

  8. Elin Woods says:

    Hmm…I’m thinking something sweet and savory. Like a mini carrot cake cheesecake.

  9. I would serve a variety of truffles: mint, Grand Marnier infused with candied orange, pistachio, hazelnut… Lovely tray!

  10. I would showcase many of my holiday cookies… would be beautiful on my table.

  11. Khampton1031 says:

    I would serve an arrangement of the desserts that I will make for Christmas on this beautiful platter!

  12. What a great item to put the spinach balls that I make on . The shine of the silver of the Nambe and the green of the spinach would be festive pairings.

  13. Kristen Pasewald says:

    I’ve been baking up a storm this December! Next I want to try your cookies n cream cupcakes. They would be pretty on the tray!

  14. Beautiful tray! Love Nambé. I have a kitchen and dining room with copper accents and LOVE gingerbread. Those cupcakes look great on that tray! i would use it for many things but I think it is time for some love cake. Cut into squares an arranged on that platter with pretty glasses of sherry, the colors, and flavors, would be perfect.

  15. I would serve the peppermint cake roll I am making for Christmas!

  16. I would serve the salted caramel cupcakes I’m making for our family Christmas party this year!

  17. I’m so glad I can finally comment on your blog again! Disqus would not let me comment with my version of Internet Explorer- I’ve now joined the 21st century and am using Chrome :) xoxo- K

  18. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  19. Souls_in_flight says:

    Ummm….love love love gingerbread! Thanks for another great recipe! And…would love to win this gorgeous serving tray! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  20. Yum, these look delicious. And what a gorgeous tray! I think some festive red velvet crackle cookies would look stunning and scrumptious on it.

  21. Andrea Kitchen Witch says:

    That’s a pretty tray! I love gingerbread. The mini bite size is perfect!

  22. Mini carrot cupcakes topped w/sugared carrot swirls would look great on that beautiful tray!

  23. barbara n says:

    I would fill it it delicious Christmas cookies and candies

  24. YUM! and thanks so much.

  25. I would serve chocolate chip cookies!

  26. Yum! these look fabulous! I would serve a selection of cookies & other treats!

  27. Charlotte T. says:

    What a perfect Christmas treat… and love that tray!

  28. Maybe mini cupcakes or cookies??

  29. Christine says:

    I love gingerbread! I think the bundt cake version would be wonderful!

  30. I’d serve my mini desserts on this tray. These cupcakes look delicious. Gingerbread is a favorite around here.

  31. Santa Hat brownies – I made them last year and they were adorable and delicious!

  32. Love the tray. I would serve cupcakes on it.

  33. My husband loooooves gingerbread. Going to make these for him!

  34. Amanda Thompson says:

    I might serve deviled eggs on it!

  35. Jenny Paisley Zajichek says:

    That’s a gorgeous platter–love your blog, Audra!

  36. I would serve my Christmas cookies on this tray!

  37. I think mini cheesecakes would be nice on the tray.

  38. Triciapaoluccio says:

    i can attest to the deliciousness of these adorable cupcakes…i couldnt get over how soft they were…the frosting and the cake itself…thank you audra!
    and hey look i cant believe how easy it is to comment…sorry i thought it required new passwords etc :o

  39. I would serve some sugar cookies on that beautiful tray!

  40. Those look delicious!

  41. My Christmas Sandwich Cremes are always requested at Christmas.

  42. Definitely my chocolate peppermint bark!

  43. Chelseytherese says:

    Yum yum! And I LURVE the tray!!! :)

  44. I would serve cookies, probably a mixture of shortbread varieties,on that beautiful tray.

  45. Jenny Lee says:

    I love the Nambe products

  46. Nancy Piran says:

    These look so yummy especially with the mascarpone cheese on it!

  47. Christina says:

    They look super cute! And what a gorgeous tray!

  48. Sam Jennifer Musil Lindley says:

    I think I would serve Canapes on this tray

  49. I would serve my Christmas cookies on this tray.

  50. Jubinsky2114 says:

    i’d love to serve these cupcakes on the platter! my grandfather has been requesting gingerbread!

  51. I would put my fudge on that tray.

  52. Sarah Arsenault says:

    I would serve sugar cookies

  53. Meep Meep says:

    I’d be serving up some cinnamon roll cookies :)

  54. Erinmmauro says:

    these look adorable!

  55. Love the fresh take on gingerbread, I am really into that flavor this year. I wonder if you can make ginger bread cinnamon rolls?

  56. Jenny @ The Brunette Baker says:

    Absolutely love, want, and need this tray!

  57. The tray really is beautiful and I love your little gingerbread cakes. I’m looking into trying some eggnog recipes, so I’d probably use the tray to store those :P

  58. Noellepuanani says:

    what a pretty tray! i love these cupcakes too. my mother in law just gave me a mini muffin tin, so i can christen it with these little beauties!

  59. Always wanted to own a copper something! This would be perfect!

  60. Carley Leavitt says:

    I would serve decorated Christmas Sugar Cookies!!

  61. Where do you find the mini muffin cups? I never seem to be able to track them down!

  62. These are so cute!! I love gingerbread, egg nog, and all of the previously mentioned goodies :) I would love to have a gorgeous serving tray like this..! I bet it would be perfect for serving cookies

  63. Peanut Butter Blossoms!

  64. I love it, and will serve sweet potato minis.

  65. What a pretty tray! I’d serve classic chocolate chip cookies on it- maybe with a sprinkle of sea salt :)

  66. Kelly Burks says:

    Those look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

  67. My family makes this jello during every occasion. The coconut ones are just white and then there’s a multi coloured one. Imagine arranging them on this tray. It would look beautiful !

  68. I’m thinking I’d put a slew of thumbprint cookies on this tray!

  69. These cupcakes are just too cute! And that size is most definitely dangerous.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’d love to make cute little cupcakes like these or frosted cookies to put on this tray!

  70. Kkpkayleigh says:

    I make a gingerbread cupcake every year! never with mascarpone frosting though… something new to try!

  71. The tray is beautiful, and this recipe looks very tasty!

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