Well, Autumn is well & truly upon us. The mornings are cold and frosty and the leaves are beginning to fall.
This morning I decided to join my two teenage boys on their walk to school. It’s something I haven’t done in a while, the walk I mean, they usually get dropped to school by car! We laughed and joked whilst skipping through the carpet of leaves lying across the paths in our estate – Ha ha I wish. They walked ahead of me arguing about nothing, as usual, pretending to ignore their Mum who was trailing behind kicking the leaves.
How I love to embarrass my kids, it’s payback for all those screaming tantrums they took in the shops when they were young. I mean, I could always go one better and turn into Beverly Goldberg from “The Goldbergs“. The Goldbergs is a hilarious family sitcom set sometimes in the 80’s and the mum Bev is the epitome of an overprotective American Mum. My kids are terrified of the programme, I’m always threatening to go Beverly Goldberg on them.
So on the way back I stopped at my local coffee shop and picked up my favourite Autumn coffee, a gingerbread latte. After the first sip, I knew immediately what my next bake was going to be Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes topped with a Whipped Cinnamon Cream.
These little spicy cupcakes have all the flavour of Gingerbread without being too dark or sticky.
When I make gingerbread recipes I always use either black treacle or golden syrup. For this recipe, I decided to go with golden syrup as I didn’t want the cupcakes to be too rich or heavy.
Now I’ve made these cupcakes a few times now and I always use strong coffee for the Latte flavour which is delicious. This time, I decided to leave out the coffee and experiment instead by using a sachet of Nescafe Instant Gingerbread Latte. It was a huge success the instant latte gave the ginger flavour a huge boost.
These are super easy to whip together and bake in the oven for just 25mins at 180c/350f. Leave them to go completely cold and then finish them off with a crown of lightly spiced cinnamon whipped cream. To make them look extra special, I used these really cute Wilton gingerbread cake toppers. These are gorgeous! I picked them up in TKMax last week along with a few other bits & pieces.
If you don’t like fresh cream then why not try a cream cheese topping instead – just as delicious
Check out these Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes. These are everyone's favourite Latte in a cupcake. Light & spicy, they are crowned with a swirl of whipped cinnamon cream. The perfect Autumn Treat
- 115g unsalted butter
- 100g light brown sugar
- 50g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½tsp vanilla extract
- 215g plain flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 and ½tsp ground ginger
- ¼tsp ground allspice
- ¼tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 sachet of Nescafe Gingerbread latte mixed with 2tbsp hot water or 35ml strong coffee
- 110ml golden syrup
- 250ml whipped cream
- tsp vanilla extract
- 2tbsp icing sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Gingerbread man cupcake toppers (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F and line a 12-hole cupcake tray with liners.
- Place butter and both sugars into a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes on medium-high speed.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, mix until well incorporated and smooth.
- Place flour, baking powder, and spices into a medium sized bowl and whisk briefly.
- Empty flour mix into your egg/sugar mixture and beat on low until the batter starts to combine.
- Add in the mixed gingerbread latte or the shot of coffee and golden syrup and mix briefly on a high speed.
- Divide the mixture between the cupcake liners, fill them ¾ full.
- Place in the oven for 18-25 minutes, until risen, golden and an inserted skewer into the centre comes out clean.
- Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
- Pour the cream into a bowl, sift in the icing sugar, vanilla, cinammon and beat on medium-high speed until cream is thick.
- Fill a piping bag (and use your favorite icing tip for this part) and pipe a swirl onto each cupcake.
- Place a Gingerbread man topper onto each cupcake.
If you don't like fresh cream then cream cheese is a great alternative for the frosting
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Hope you enjoy the recipe, it is a very delicious cupcake.
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