Gingerbread Cupcakes + Eggnog Frosting

December 23, 2021
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
Make the cutest Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Frosting to celebrate Christmas with a sweet twist.

Gingerbread Cupcakes + Eggnog Frosting

These adorable Gingerbread Cupcakes are topped with fluffy Eggnog Frosting and beautiful sprinkles perfect for a Christmas dessert. They're gently spiced, super dense and totally kid-approved!

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Frosting on a table with Christmas decorations

While most of the time when you think of a Christmas or holiday dessert, you may think of treats like Soft + Chewy Christmas Gingerbread Cookies or White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberries, sometimes the celebration calls for cupcakes, like these Gingerbread Cupcakes + Eggnog Frosting!

And not just any cupcakes! These gingerbread cupcakes with eggnog frosting are all dressed up for the holiday, complete with jewel-toned sprinkles and seasonal spice. If your family is a cupcake family, they'll love these cute and tasty treats. Indulge in the holiday spirit with these Homemade Baked Eggnog Donuts!

Gingerbread Cupcakes in a muffin pan

Ingredients for Gingerbread Cupcakes

Here's what you need to make these spiced Christmas cupcakes:

  • All-purpose flour. I like organic flour from Bob's Red Mill
  • Baking powder. To help your cupcakes rise.
  • Brown sugar. You can also use coconut sugar if you prefer.
  • Molasses. This is the key to the authentic gingerbread flavor.
  • Warming spices. Combine cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
  • Butter. Unsalted butter is best. If you only have salted, omit the salt from the dry ingredients.
  • Eggs. These should be at room temperature so they easily mix into the cupcake batter.
  • Almond milk. Another kind of dairy-free milk will also work.

Bowl of Eggnog Frosting

Fluffy Eggnog Frosting

You'll have to wait for your cupcakes to cool completely before adding this sweet eggnog frosting. Here's what you need to make it:

  • Powdered sugar. Granulated or coconut sugar will give your frosting an unpleasant gritty texture.
  • Butter. Likewise, you'll need unsalted butter here.
  • Eggnog. Use the best-quality eggnog you can find. Vanilla extract. Aim for the pure stuff, not imitation.
  • Spices. In the frosting, I add cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Frosting on a table with Christmas decorations including gold-colored snowflakes

Storage Suggestions

Store leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge for three to four days if they're frosted. Unfrosted cupcakes can be stored in the fridge for a week. Or freeze unfrosted cupcakes for up to 6 months. To serve, thaw the cupcakes on the counter for a few hours, then top with frosting.

If you're planning ahead for a party, store the frosting and cupcakes separately in the fridge. Then first and decorate just before serving.

Gingerbread Cupcakes piled high with Eggnog Frosting

Decorating Ideas

I love the addition of fancy sprinkles on these Christmas gingerbread cupcakes. Here are some other great decorating ideas:

  • Crushed candy canes or other peppermint candies
  • A dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Edible glitter sprinkles
  • Crushed gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Frosting on a table with Christmas decorations including gold-colored snowflakes

What to Serve with Gingerbread Cupcakes

These cupcakes make the perfect dessert for a holiday gathering. Here are some other great recipes to add to your celebratory menu:

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Frosting, missing a bite

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Frosting on a table with Christmas decorations including lights and a small tree


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Gingerbread Cupcake piled high with Eggnog Frosting

Gingerbread Cupcake piled high with Eggnog Frosting

Gingerbread Cupcakes + Eggnog Frosting

December 23, 2021
5 from 2 votes
These dense and spiced gingerbread cupcakes are topped with fluffy homemade eggnog frosting. They make a delightful Christmas or holiday treat.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Serves: 12 cupcakes



  • 1 ½ cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsps baking powder
  • ¾ cup organic brown sugar (You can use coconut sugar for vegan option!)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 Tbsps molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon ground allspice
  • 6 Tbsps unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large organic eggs, room temp.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Almond milk


  • 4-5 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened 
  • 2-3 Tbsps high-quality eggnog, warmed slightly
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves


  • Festive holiday sprinkles



  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prep your cupcake pan with liners + spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, spices, and sea salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer (using a paddle handle attachment), beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for about 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides as needed using a rubber spatula.
  • Add the eggs, molasses, and vanilla, reducing the speed a little at this point.
  • Now, reduce the speed to low and slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. NO OVER-MIXING!
  • Scoop the batter into each cupcake liner (¾ full) and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for the FIRST 5 minutes. Then reduce temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and continue baking for another 14-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.
  • Once done, turn off oven and keep cupcakes inside with the oven door slightly open for about 2 minutes before taking them out.
  • Remove from oven and Let them cool COMPLETELY before frosting.


  • Add the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer & beat on medium-high speed until fluffy + smooth.
  • Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and eggnog, continuing to mix on medium speed until you reach the desired consistency. **Add more eggnog (1 tablespoon at a time if too thick) or powdered sugar (for more thickness).*
  • Add buttercream to a piping bag and pie onto cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with Holiday sprinkles, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Best kept if stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days (unfrosted) and 3-4 days when frosted. Also, can be frozen for up to 6 months when unfrosted and thawed.
  • MAKE AHEAD: You can always bake these cupcakes the night or day before and let them cool, tightly wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use. The buttercream frosting can also be made prior and tightly wrapped and stored in the fridge as well. When ready to serve, let cake sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour, frost, and enjoy!
  • OIL: If you want to substitute the melted butter, you can always use vegetable or canola oil.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg


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