This month's MSC recipe was chosen by my good buddy Kayte over at Grandma's Kitchen Table: gingerbread cupcakes. I'm not sure there was a more perfectly appropriate selection in the book for this time of year! I love the smell of gingerbread treats filling my house as they bake in December. I was feeling so festive I pulled my snowman platter out of storage to photograph these treats :)
As much I as was looking forward to making Kayte's selection, there are so many sweets around here right now that I couldn't justify making more than 1/4 of the recipe (which yielded 4 cupcakes). The cupcakes come together quickly and include a healthy dose of holiday spices along with molasses. The recipe suggests 25 minutes of baking time, but mine were finished around 22 minutes so I'm glad I checked them early. I baked them in cute Christmas wrappers but ended up peeling them off because they looked odd when combined with the color of these cupcakes.
A fluffy vanilla frosting is recommended for pairing with these cupcakes and that's what I used. Three simple ingredients - butter, confectioner's sugar and vanilla - and you're good to go! I definitely didn't find this frosting as easy to pipe as I have some of the others we've made from this book (like the cream cheese frosting). It was almost too stiff, even at room temperature. I probably could have whipped it a bit more in my mixer, but the sun was setting and I was running out of light. There were cute little gingerbread men also suggested as toppers for these cupcakes but, like I said, already too many sweets around here so I skipped them and just threw a few festive sprinkles on top!
I have to confess that I didn't taste the cupcakes. I gave them to my mom in exchange for some more eggs from her chickens. I haven't had to buy eggs in months - it's been fantastic!! This morning she emailed to tell me she loved the cupcakes! She thought they were moist and she really enjoyed the fall spices. The frosting wasn't her favorite (she much prefers cream cheese frosting) but she thought it was ok. I'll definitely make these again - if not this holiday season, next year. Many thanks to Kayte for hosting this month's selection. You can visit the MSC site to see how the rest of the bakers fared this month.