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Holiday Baking Ideas: Gingerbread Cupcakes

Super easy to make and fun to decorate gingerbread cupcakes

When it comes to holiday baking, most people think about gingerbread houses and cookies. Have you ever had gingerbread cupcakes? They are an annual tradition for our family Christmas Party. Decorating cupcakes is also a great way to bring the entire family together to work on a project away from their electronic devices.

We selected the Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cake and Cookie mix for our cupcakes. Nothing is as easy as a pre-made mix and I am all about easy. For cupcakes, we adjusted the recipe/cooking time just a bit.

Holiday Baking Ideas: Gingerbread Cupcakes

Easy Peasy Gingerbread Cupcakes

Makes approximately 16 cupcakes


  • One box Gingerbread Cake/Cookie Mix
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg

Holiday Baking Ideas: Gingerbread Cupcakes


  • Heat oven to 350
  • Blend gingerbread mix, water and egg in a bowl
  • Ladle into cupcake tin lined with decorative cupcake cups – fill about 3/4 each
  • Bake for 25 minutes – test with toothpick to make sure they are cooked through (toothpick should come out clean)
  • Allow to cool before decorating

Holiday Baking Ideas: Gingerbread Cupcakes

Toppings we used

  • White Decorating Icing
  • Red and white peppermint sugar
  • Red and green spiced gumdrops
  • Marshmallow trees
  • Powdered sugar

Holiday Baking Ideas: Gingerbread Cupcakes

I could not believe how excited my kids were to help make these cupcakes. My daughter helped with the mix and pouring the batter and my son was thrilled to decorate his own cupcakes. They had a bit of a design competition between them. I may be raising future pastry chefs. I was quite impressed with their skills.

Holiday Baking Ideas: Gingerbread Cupcakes

Create fun holiday baking traditions like this one with your family.

What’s a favorite holiday tradition with your family?

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  1. Love to see you smiling and having so much fun with baking ginger bread. I mostly use boxes to make cake for my kid.

  2. Jaise says:

    What a wonderful recipe! I usually make another gingerbread cupcake recipe with cinnamon and my kids love it, I’m sure I’ll make that recipe too. Thank you!

  3. Erlene says:

    This is so fun! I don’t know why I’ve never seen gingerbread cake mix before. Such a cute idea to make gingerbread cupcakes.

  4. Jenn says:

    I love the wreath decoration! My favorite tradition is a cookie party I host with friends. We almost never spend Christmas with our families, so we send them homemade baked treats with our love.

  5. Rachel says:

    This would be so good for me! I tried my hand at making a real house a few times and it just looked awful. I am apparently terrible at icing anything. But I think I could work with cupcakes. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

  6. Heather M says:

    Oooh, I love gingerbread. Now I’m in the mood to make some gingerbread cupcakes. They are super cute.

  7. The gingerbread cupcakes looks so delicious. I love baking with my little girl too. It is a great family bonding. Thank you for sharing the recipe too.

  8. Oh yum! I love the Peeps on top for decoration! Super cute for the holidays

  9. They look great! I will be making some gingerbread goodies this season- and I love Betty!

  10. I would never have thought to make gingerbread cupcakes. I love the cake frosting is available in the can, making it easier for me to make a nice looking cupcake!

  11. Kathleen says:

    Oooh I have never had a gingerbread cupcake, but they looks like a ton of fun. Especially when you can decorate them on your own.

  12. Heather says:

    I’ve never head gingerbread cake before, cookies yes. I’d love to see how it tastes!

  13. Yum! Those look so delicious. We also make a pumpkin roll and a chocolate zucchini roll for the holidays.

  14. These look sooo good and how wonderful that those little cuties are helping to decorate the cupcakes and lucky enough to get to eat them too! I love gum drops and gingerbread anything! lol

  15. Amanda K says:

    Gingerbread cupcakes sound divine! What a fun idea to let the kids decorate!

  16. Tiffiny says:

    Those look like so much fun! I’m adding this to my list of Christmas things to do with my daughter. Pinning!

  17. Jen I love the use of mixes to make things more simple, your kids made them look yumculicious!!! Will look good in our Wednesday post. You should stop by and link it up now, on Merry Mondays Linky party that I am co-hosting.

    Have a great week!

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