gingerbread latte cupcakes


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.


gingerbread latte cupcakes group


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.


nescafe gingerbread latte


plain gingerbread cupcakes


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


gingerbread nescafe cupcakes


gingerbread cupcakes


single gingerbread cupcakes



Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 9-10

Calories per serving: 350

gingerbread latte cupcakes group

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
    For the frosting:
  • 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



If your stuck for BAKING CONVERSIONS.   Click the Baking Conversions page tab at the top for a very helpful chart

Hope you enjoy the recipe,  it is a very delicious cupcake.

Make sure you check out my FACEBOOK BAKING PAGE for more easy Autumn recipes such as these 😉


autumn cakes

Happy Baking.

Spread the love


  • Lisa | Garlic + Zest October 9, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    These cupcakes are glorious — especially with that little gingerbread man on top! Wow! I’ll take two!

    • Karyn October 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks Lisa.. the gingerbread toppers are really cute. I got them in TKMaxx 😉

  • Noel Lizotte October 9, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    LOL @ embarrassing your teenagers! I did that all the time. I wore this giant lime green floppy sun hat to their high school tennis matches. They always knew when mom was there…no doubt.

    Gingerbread is an underrated fall flavor, I think. I love the idea of gingerbread flavored coffee, will be searching that out! This cupcake would be the perfect thing too!

    • Karyn October 10, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Most definitely an “Autumn/Fall Flavour”.. i love gingerbread.. I used an instant gingerbread latte made by Nescafe.. they make a few flavours here in Ireland great for using in cakes 😉

  • Platter Talk October 10, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Those are some of the cutest things I have ever seen. Love the gingerbread people on top of the gingerbread latte cupcakes!

    • Karyn October 10, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you.. the toppers are “Wilton” toppers.. I got them in TKMaxx x

  • Shashi at RunninSrilankan October 10, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Haha – now I’ve gotta watch The Goldbergs so I can get some tips on being an embarrassing mom – though my daughter might say I don’t need any help that department 🙂
    By the way, your gingerbread latte cupcakes are such a fantastic idea and love the cream cheese frosting suggestion in lieu of whipped cream too – thanks so much

    • Karyn October 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      If you can Shashi.. watch one episode it’s hilarious 😉 glad you like the cupcakes.. one of my kids hates whipped cream so more often than not I use a cream cheese frosting x

  • valentina October 10, 2016 at 7:09 am

    These are SO adorable! And I’m sure so delicious! (I can only hope my boys will let me join them on the walk to school when they’re teenagers! Love that!)

    • Karyn October 10, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      lol Valentina.. I kind of gatecrashed and they told me it was the first and last time


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.