Gingerbread Latté Cupcakes

Gingerbread Latte cupcakes

It used to be the case that the point at which most people started to nurture festive cheer and excitement was when the classic “Holidays are Coming” Coca-Cola advert first appeared on the television. While this cultural phenomenon remains to a greater or lesser extent true, another indicator has more recently emerged; the gingerbread latté. To be frightfully honest, I’ve only ever had one of these Western delicacies and while it was somewhat delicious, I prefer my coffee bitter and strong. Besides, most gingerbread lattes are served from the centre of caffeine Hell (Starbucks) and are, as such, rather un-frugal.

You’ll be glad to know that I’m using a bonafide gingerbread recipe for these cupcakes, one that featured on FrugalFeeding sometime ago. The one way to spoil a recipe such as this would be to use a modified sponge recipe; the depth of flavour just wouldn’t be there – black treacle is simply a must. Happily, this is an old recipe from when people knew how to do things properly – none of these dietary requirements. After all, Katherine’s grandmother swears by it – it must be good.

Gingerbread Latte cupcakes

There’s something rather exciting about turning a well-loved drink into something edible, as opposed to drinkable. Now I think about it, cupcakes seem to be the perfect way to approach such a transformation since, like most sweet hot-drinks, they have a body, a topping and a sprinkle, or garnish. Take these for instance, the base is gingerbread, the topping is cream and the garnish is freshly grated nutmeg – perfection. Enjoy!

Gingerbread Latté Cupcakes

Makes 20-22


• 225g plain flour

• A pinch of salt

• 2 tsp ground ginger

• 1 tsp mixed spice

• 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

• 55g light muscovado sugar

• 110g butter

• 110g black treacle

• 110g golden syrup

• 150ml milk

• 2 eggs

• 200ml double cream

• A little fresh nutmeg


1. Heat the oven to 180C and prepare your cupcake cases. Sieve together the flour, salt, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda, before stirring in the sugar.

2. Melt together the butter, treacle and syrup over a gentle heat. Gradually beat in the milk and allow the mixture to cool a little. Beat the eggs before stirring them into the treacle mixture. Stir the wet mixture into the dry, tip into your cupcake cases and bake for 16-17 minutes.

Gingerbread Latte cupcakes

3. Place on wire rack to cool completely before decorating with whipped cream and a little freshly grated nutmeg.

Gingerbread Latte cupcakes

Cost: Like the gingerbread that came before them, these cupcakes are sensationally frugal. Admittedly, these work out a little more expensive as a result of the added cream, but it’s worth it… trust me. Despite that dairy-based addition, these cupcakes should set one back no more than around £2!

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158 comments on “Gingerbread Latté Cupcakes

  1. poppytump
    December 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    They look SO good ! Oooh there’s something about Gingerbread cooking arommmmmas
    May need a few people round to sample them – what with it making 20-22 !!! 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks! Oh yes, they smell amazing! Haha – we don’t decorate them all and then we freeze them 😀

      • poppytump
        December 3, 2012 at 6:40 am

        Well then I may just have to follow your lead ….probably make sometime this week and report back 🙂

  2. La Deetda Reads
    December 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I need to head to the kitchen right now to make these. Yum! I much prefer my coffee unadulterated also.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      You definitely do! it’s far better that way!

  3. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    December 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I can actually smell them

  4. Sarah
    December 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    You just need to have one of those cupcakes with my Gingerbread Latte 😉 That would be perfection…..

    • The Healthy Flavor
      December 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Sarah! That was my thought!!

      • frugalfeeding
        December 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm

        Not from starbucks I hope!

      • Sarah
        December 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        Hah! She’d be hoping for one of my handmade ones 😉 SB ones are waaayyyy too sweet!

        • frugalfeeding
          December 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

          Haha – yes! They definitely are. I never, ever add sugar to coffee…

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      I would like that… especially since I’ve only actually had one gingerbread latte…

  5. erika
    December 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Looks heavenly!

  6. Patch
    December 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Oh these sound so good. My boys are really into gingerbread at the moment so we might have to give them a go.

  7. Hush, Charlotte
    December 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    These look fun. I am guilty of sweetening my coffee a bit, but not as much as Starbucks. I still like my coffee to taste like coffee. 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Thanks! Tut, tut… you ought to get out of that nasty habit 😀

  8. Food and Forage Hebrides
    December 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Starbucks comment much appreciated. Independent coffee shop alternatives exist almost everywhere you find the ubiquitous tax dodgers. It may be roulette, but worth a shot to try anywhere else (apologies for the pun, I can’t stop myself).

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed that! Exactly! They are always better!

  9. narf77
    December 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Tiny little exotic pyramids of “BAM”! Ginger has to be my favourite spice. I include it in my breakfast every day (aside from one day that I decided to include turmeric and we shall NEVER talk about that day again!) and despite Steve not being enarmoured of its spicy heat, I try to put it in as many things as I can. Sadly, we can’t grow it here but the irony is that it’s purely decorative cousin flourishes on Serendipity Farm. Not only am I going to make these tiny promises of heaven, but I am going to make an entire pan of Katherine’s grannies gingerbread. Please thank her for me (enormous hugs and effusive kisses…) from the bottom of my ginger loving antipodean heart 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Haha! Thanks! I don’t eat that much of it, but I do love it… Haha – well you’ll have to let me know when you do!

  10. aburgwin
    December 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I like my coffee black and bitter as well…. But I think you we’re a little harsh on Starbucks! Haha love it

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Exactly… though I will admit to needing a little milk… Nah, one can never be harsh on starbucks…

  11. Hunter Mum
    December 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Wow! They look absolutely amazing and, being a ginger addict, I feel compelled to try baking them very very soon. Do you think they could work with soya milk instead of dairy? And do you think the boyfriend might not notice they actually contain ginger? I made him OD on it while I was pregnant and he has, for now, banned me from cooking with it…PS couldn’t agree with you more about Starbucks. Good coffee is a must and they do not make it.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks so much! Please do! I have no idea… give it a go – I’m sure they would! Umm no, they taste a lot of ginger…

  12. chef mimi
    December 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Oh my.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Haha – that’s all that needs to be said!

  13. sockmonkeyskitchen
    December 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Once again, a lovely blog! I cannot agree with you more, that Starbucks is way too sugary sweet and this is coming from a Californian!
    I prefer my coffee with just a bit of milk… My thought is, that if I want sugar, it should be in the form of a cookie… Or in this case… Gingerbread! For those in the US, treacle is molasses. The dark is like Black Treacle =0)

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks so much! Exactly! I hate sweet coffee… there’s no point in drinking coffee if it’s sweet… have a coke… I don’t cater for Americanisms 😀

  14. The Healthy Flavor
    December 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Those look good! I like gingerbread and agree on the black molasses. It’s a sensational ingredient. I laughed at your comment about “dietary requirements”! I’ve had all kinds of desserts and have found all types to be delicious when the right ingredients, no matter what they are, are used and come together beautifully and the passion used behind it. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks! It really is a must! Haha – my girlfriend laughed at that too!

  15. Susan
    December 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Wow! Fabulous holiday recipe! Love the extreme close-up photos. Are you using a new camera?

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks! Nope, just trying out new things 😀

  16. AHomemakersHome
    December 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one!

  17. Smedette
    December 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    True gingerbread is one of my favorites; especially this time of year.

    What is the difference between treacle and molasses?

    • frugalfeeding
      December 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Me too – it’s so tasty! Umm… nothing, I don’t think… we call it treacle in Britain.

  18. petit4chocolatier
    December 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Love ginger! And it is so good for you! I loved that you topped the delicious cupcake with cream and nutmeg!

  19. MonkeyBreadandSweetPea
    December 3, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Ugh. Now I’m hungry again! 🙂

  20. Brittany
    December 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Ohh swooon. These look so good.

  21. Stephanie
    December 3, 2012 at 12:45 am

    These look/sound delicious! The topping is so pretty!

  22. Sacha
    December 3, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Gorgeous. And so much better than some highfalutin drink. I did some gingerbread-inspired baking myself this weekend. Tis’ the season, I guess.

  23. Tasneem
    December 3, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Wow they look so good! Wish I could have one, or 5, right now.

  24. sonyablue
    December 3, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Strabucks aren’t here yet. Only our international airport in capital city. But i don’t mind either way, ‘cos I don’t drink coffe at all, but I love Coca-cola. And I absolutely love that commercial “Holidays are Coming” =)

    And because I don’t drink coffee think I should try this recipe before Christmas. Yammy =). Those looks delicious. I was just wondering what do you mean about “1 tsp mixed spice” What is mixed spice? I haven’t heard that kind of spice. Though I live in Finland. Do you have something you can recommended instead?

    With Love SonyBlue

    PS. Thanks for stopping by and liking my post, so I could find your blog.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Count yourselves lucky! I hope you tried it! Mixed spice is a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves I believe!

  25. rachelbeginshere
    December 3, 2012 at 2:25 am

    looks oh so yummy!

  26. jenyjohn
    December 3, 2012 at 2:35 am

    This is really tempting…..

  27. musingmar
    December 3, 2012 at 3:14 am

    A perfectly appropriate seasonal treat (but I’d eat them any time of year!).

  28. Korena in the Kitchen
    December 3, 2012 at 5:58 am

    My mouth is watering…

  29. Monique America
    December 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    this looks delicious… yum yum!

  30. Piece of Pie and a Dash of DIY
    December 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I want one of these for breakfast right now! 🙂 Yummy!

  31. Made By Paris
    December 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    These look delicious! May have to have a go at making them!

  32. nixisandhu
    December 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    What a great seasonal treat they sound so heavenly and warming

  33. nixisandhu
    December 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Reblogged this on nixisandhu and commented:
    Warm, heavenly bites of starbucks christmas delights

  34. Green Door Hospitality
    December 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    These look divine! Pinning to make later 🙂

  35. FeminineSway
    December 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    This looks amazing! Cannot wait to try. I will keep you posted 🙂

  36. Val
    December 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Looks delicious. The topping is very inviting!

  37. Sandra Nguy
    December 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    These look amazing! So perfect for the holiday season (and winter!) as well! 🙂

  38. Bob Vivant
    December 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Love the idea of a gingerbread cupcake. This time of year I’m all about cookies (or biscuits), but I’m going to make an exception and give these little lovelies a try. Thank you!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      So much better than a regular sponge cup cake. Please do 😀

  39. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    December 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I cannot even imagine drinking something called a gingerbread latte, but I can definitely imagine how wonderful these cupcakes must taste! 🙂

  40. A Dog With Fleas
    December 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Gingerbread aroma through the house just spells Christmas!! What a festive and delicious-sounding recipe!

  41. Michelle
    December 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Bona fide! (Have you seen Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? I can’t hear/read that term without thinking about the little Wharvey gals.) These look great, Frug.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      No, I’m afraid not – I’ll have to look it out! Thanks, Michelle!

  42. cathynd95
    December 4, 2012 at 1:49 am

    YUM! But what is in your mixed spice? Nutmeg and cinnamon? Also, what is black treacle? Molasses, as we call it in USA? I will need to make these once I know the answers… 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      December 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Umm – it’s just a basic mix, I think it contains nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves… yes, molasses!

  43. canalcook
    December 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Looks great, I just retrieved my cupcake tin from my parents house, good to have some ideas.

  44. Winston
    December 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Awesome! One of the more exciting cupcakes I’ve seen in awhile. Quite bored with the overly sweet cupcakes I’ve been seeing everywhere. Now THIS is my kinda dessert. Much more exciting flavours with the ginger, spices and all. Great blog btw! I’m def all about the frugal eating too (student life has taught me well) =)

    • frugalfeeding
      December 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thanks! I agree – I’m not a fan of the usual suspects!

  45. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    December 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Double cream and all that other goodness. Wow, these look awesome.

  46. RecipeAdaptors
    December 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about the Coca Cola advert – I always used to look forward to seeing it 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      December 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Definitely – sadly I don’t have a TV atm.

  47. xynah13
    December 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Made me salivate. Haha. Just kidding! I’ll try them on my term break!