This is what happens when you bake while listening to the nutcracker. You get gingerbread men dancing on top of cupcakes. I've had this tiny gingerbread cookie cutter for awhile now and I've been wanting to do something special with it. Last week Tara of "When Tara Met Blog" threw a Christmas cupcake exchange party. It works just like a cookie exchange party, but instead of cookies we exchanged cupcakes!
Oh, the cupcakes! So many different flavors. There was a horachata cupcake, red velvet, devil's food with royal icing, lemon coconut, chocolate with a ganache center, minty oreo cupcake, and coffee cake cupcakes just to name a few. We then cut up samples of the cupcakes, tasted them and then we voted. There were three categories and I tied in the "Best Decorated". I received a lovely gift tote which contained a holiday movie, cookie cookbook and decorating supplies. Thanks Tara! It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The ginger-spice cupcake was delicious! I like "gingerbread" but not enough to eat a cupcake and a cookie at the same time. That's why I went for a ginger spice cake instead. And who doesn't like cream cheese icing? It just goes so well with everything. If you want to make the cupcakes all the links are in the next sentence.
The cupcake recipe is here, the cream cheese frosting recipe is here, the gingerbread cookie recipe is here, and the cookie cutter is here. The gold liners are from Sur la Table. Happy Holidays~Gigi