Rating: 3 stars
33 Ratings
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  • 1 star values: 6
  • 33 Ratings


Credit: Emily Kinni

Recipe Summary

45 mins
40 mins
1 hr 25 mins
makes 24 cupcakes


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Instructions Checklist
  • Make the cupcakes: Heat oven to 350°F. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and nutmeg; set aside.

  • Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the molasses and ginger, then the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

  • Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).

  • Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tins and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool.

  • Make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on high until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and salt and beat until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. If necessary, slightly chill the frosting to stiffen it before using. Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the lemon zest.

Chef's Notes

Note: Cupcakes are best eaten the day they’re made, but will keep up to 2 days in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

330 calories; fat 16g; cholesterol 65mg; sodium 170mg; protein 3g; carbohydrates 44g; sugars 32g; iron 1mg; calcium 75mg.