Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Mascarpone Frosting

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The ultimate combination of holiday flavors! Super-moist gingerbread cupcakes topped with orange mascarpone frosting.

side view of a Gingerbread Cupcake with Orange Mascarpone Frosting on brown paper

These cupcakes are what a holiday cupcake should be. They are soft, light, and taste exactly like a gingerbread man cookie! How can you say no to that?

You can’t!

If you are a baker who loves to turn your favorite flavors into something amazing, then you are going to appreciate these spicy, molasses filled gingerbread cupcakes.

angled view of Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Mascarpone Frosting on brown paper

Even without the frosting, these cupcakes are packed with flavor. To complement their sweet gingery flavor is orange infused frosting. While most people celebrate the holidays with candy cane filled recipes, I celebrate with orange. I simply can’t get enough of this bright, juicy fruit.

I used mascarpone cheese as the base for the frosting. It’s light and velvety texture make it perfect for frosting. And it’s a better option than butter packed frostings.

Gingerbread and orange is the ultimate combination when it comes to holiday dessert. These cupcakes are some of the best I’ve ever made.

Make them for your office party, family Christmas dinner, for friends and neighbors. I’m positive you will get rave compliments!

If you are a fan of gingerbread, give my gingerbread cake a try.

side view of Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Mascarpone Frosting on a white plate

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Mascarpone Frosting

4.60 from 5 votes
angled view of Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Mascarpone Frosting on brown paper
The ultimate combination of holiday flavors! Super-moist gingerbread cupcakes topped with orange mascarpone frosting.
Jen Sobjack
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Serving Size 12


For the cupcakes

  • 1 ½ cups (195 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • cup (113 g) unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (120 ml) milk, at room temperature

For the frosting

  • 8 ounces (226 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces (226 g) mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (120 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


Make the cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Stir with a whisk.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the molasses and egg. Add half of the flour mixture to the molasses mixture, stir until combined. Stir in the milk followed by the remaining flour mixture.
  • Fill the muffin cups with ¼ cup batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when touched. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer the cupcake to a wire wrack to cool completely.

Make the frosting:

  •  Whip the cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, sugar, orange extract, and orange zest until smooth and fluffy. Spread the frosting over each cupcake.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 706IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information provided is for convenience and as a courtesy only. It is not guaranteed to be accurate because nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator and input the exact ingredients and brands you used in the recipe.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
4.60 from 5 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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  1. Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says:

    I want a big fat lick of that frosting! These look incredible!

    1. You wouldn’t be able to stop at just one lick, haha. It’s addicting!

  2. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife says:

    These cupcakes have got it goin on!! 🙂 The frosting is killing me! It looks crazy good. 🙂 Pinned!

    1. Haha, you’re crazy! Thanks for pinning!!

  3. Dedy@Dentist Chef says:

    Damn delicious sweet bites!!!

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I love the orange and marscapone with the gingerbread!! Pinned!

    1. Isn’t it the best combo?! Thanks for the pin, Dorothy!

    1. Haha! That means I’ve done my job well. Thank you so much, Tori!

  5. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen says:

    Gingerbread cookies in a CUPCAKE?! With mascarpone frosting…with orange!?! Girl, yes – a 100x yes.

  6. Chineka @ Savor The Baking says:

    Two whisks up on that frosting! It looks delicious and I know that mascarpone makes it extra smooth and creamy. 🙂 Great recipe.

    1. Thank you, Chineka! The frosting was the best part.

  7. Connie @ Sprig and Flours says:

    I could probably eat my weight and my boyfriend’s weight in this frosting. It looks divine! These gingerbread cupcakes sound like the perfect holiday treat.

    1. It was really hard for me to not eat all the frosting. It was incredibly light and silky. Thank you so much for your sweet compliments!

  8. Thao @ In Good Flavor says:

    What a great cupcake! To be honest, I have never paired gingerbread with orange, but it can see that it’s a perfect match. I really love your mascarpone cheese frosting–it is so luscious and creamy!

    1. Thanks, Thao! The frosting is the best part.

  9. Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory says:

    YUM! Gingerbread and orange are two of my favorite flavors in the world. How have I never thought to combine them?? These look so delicious. I can’t wait to try them!