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

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Mascarpone Frosting

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

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


For the cupcakes

  • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk

For the frosting

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


Make the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Stir with a whisk.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1.  Whip the cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, sugar, orange extract, and orange zest until smooth and fluffy. Spread the frosting over each cupcake.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g

* Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy by an online nutrition calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Always seek advice from a nutritionist or medical professional.

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

  1. 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!!

    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!

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.