Gingerbread Spice Cupcakes with Gingerbread Italian Buttercream Frosting

Gingerbread Spice Cupcakes with Gingerbread Italian Buttercream Frosting

Gingerbread Spice Cupcakes @createdbydiane

Oh I just can’t get enough of these cute little gingerbread men!

They were easy to make and really topped off these gingerbread spiced cupcakes with lots of cuteness!

Gingerbread flavors are so yummy this time of year.

I added molasses and pumpkin pie spice to vanilla cake batter and also to frosting to create these delicious and cute cupcakes.

Gingerbread Spice Cupcakes with Gingerbread Spice Italian Buttercream Frosting, topped with Gingerbread toppers. These would warm up any dreary, cold and wet winter day!


Prepare a batch of Royal Icing, tint it brown.



I found a drawing of a gingerbread man and copied it onto a piece of paper after having multiplied the image over and over. I had 16 on the paper. If I locate the file I used I will insert it here. I am having trouble with my computer’s hard drive and needless to say things aren’t going my way right now.

Place the paper under a sheet of parchment paper. Place the icing in a piping bag with a #2. Trace and fill in the image with the icing. If you need more, just slide the paper to a blank area of parchment and make more.

I made lots of them!

Once they were completely dry ( I let them dry overnight) I drew faces on them with an edible marker.

Don’t miss my great 

Gingerbread Cookies too!



I think of that song every time I looked at these… You know the one. Run, run, as fast as you can.

Well, apparently they didn’t run fast enough and got stuck in the frosting.

Which by the way is a pretty good place to get stuck in, right… it beats being stuck in the mud!



Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

royal icing


  • 2 pounds powdered sugar each pound of powdered sugar is about 4.5 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Mix powdered sugar and meringue powder on low for 1 minute until it's fully blended.
  • Add water and extract and mix on low until it's mixed well.
  • Then turn mixer on medium and beat until the icing is stiff, 8-10 minutes.
  • Add water to thin to the consistency you need.
  • You can store royal icing at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
  • Whip it if it becomes separated.


Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Gingerbread Spiced Cupcakes


  • 1 box french vanilla cake mix and ingredients to prepare
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice


  • Prepare mix according to package directions adding to it the molasses and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Bake and cool cupcakes.


Gingerbread Italian Buttercream Frosting
Prepare a batch of Italian Buttercream Frosting
add to 4 cups of the frosting
2 tablespoon molasses and 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice.
Mix smooth, then place in piping bag with a #2d tip and pipe frosting onto cupcakes.
Top with gingerbread royal icing toppers




Gingerbread Spice Cupcakes @createdbydiane with complete how-to to make gingerbread royal icing toppers


  1. Thank You for sharing. I will certainly be making some of these for the cold winter nights. They will be perfect with a nice warm cup of cocoa, topped with whipped cream of course. Yum!!!

    1. a typical box of cupcake mix makes 24 cupcakes, so it will yield a bit depending on how full you fill them. The frosting will make enough to generously frost the cupcakes as I have. If you don’t swirl it on as much as I did, you will have leftover. I think the amount of frosting is a good amount for 24 cupcakes.

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