- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
- 1/2 cup milk
- Hot chocolate and sprinkles (optional)
- 8 oz cream cheese, nearly at room temperature
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, nearly at room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip brown sugar and butter until pale and fluffy.
Mix in vegetable oil then blend in eggs one at a time. Mix in molasses.
Mix in flour mixture in 3 additions alternating with 2 additions of milk between (mix just until combined after each addition).
Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl and fold batter.
Divide mixture among 12 paper lined muffin cups filling each 2/3 full.
Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean, about 19 - 22 minutes.
Cool in pan several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool (after about 10 minutes I recommend letting them continue to cool in an airtight container so they don't dry).
Once cool frost with cream cheese frosting. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator then let rest at room temp about 20 minutes before serving.
For the frosting:
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip together butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Add vanilla and powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
Whip up some hot chocolate and pour on those baby cupcakes. To make them more festive add some colorful sprinkles. That's it, now you can indulge in the fluffiness!
Recipe inspired by Cooking Classy