Gingerbread Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Wow. Just writing the title made me drool all over again. I almost didn’t get a chance to carry this cupcake project to completion because as soon as I had the cupcake batter all made up I just wanted to cover myself in it so no one else could have any. It’s THAT good.


Ginger is one of my favourite flavours and I love baking anything with a bit of a spice bite. Who doesn’t love a cute cupcake with amazing texture and flavour? Salted caramel is so big right now these cupcakes are a sure fire party favourite. When I found this recipe by Laura Loves Cakes, I just had to make them. It’s just by pure weird coincidence that I bought the cute little gingerbread men sprinkles in Winners the other day. I thought they were adorable so I brought them home and my intent was to use them to accent an amazing recipe…preferably with ginger.

Of course I was also attracted to this particular butter cream recipe because I have never make salted caramel and I really wanted to give it a try. When it came out so dark and luxurious I felt like a rock star! Kid number one was hanging around the kitchen eating some non-photogenic cookies (or tasty duds as I call them) and even he was impressed. He helped me take some pictures by blowing away the steam from the pot for a clearer image.


After the sugar was  nice and browned I stirred in the salt, cream, vanilla and I had salted caramel. The buttercream recipe was basically just room temperature butter creamed with icing sugar for about 5 minutes. I noticed that the longer it was being whipped, the lighter the colour became until I added the caramel in at the end.  I guess it was here that I found out that while the cupcake recipe made 24 cupcakes, the buttercream only made enough for about 14 and that was a stretch. So if you’re going to make the buttercream be sure to double the recipe.


I thought the gingerbread men in this photo looked like they were drowning in a vortex of salted caramel buttercream!



  1. everybodylovespretty

    Wow these look so delicious! Some of my favorite flavors in there – will have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thank you! Let me know how they go 🙂

  2. foodisthebestshitever

    Good looking cup cakes my friend!


  3. nepaliaustralian

    Wow, this looks yummy :), I have to try this may be in new year…Happy baking 🙂


    1. dishnthekitchen

      oh gosh. they were soooo good! We still have the unfrosted cupcakes and the kids are covering them with marshmallow fluff. It works just as well 🙂
      I’m not baking anything today…just shoveled snow for 2 1/2 hours!!

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