Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MSC: Gingerbread Cupcakes

Yay, it's cupcake time once again! The December MSC project was Gingerbread Cupcakes, and I must say, I wasn't looking forward to these. I'm not a super huge fan of gingerbread, never have been. My mother always made these ginger cookies for the holidays that she would roll in sugar that tasted okay, but I much preferred the chocolate cookies. Then again, I am an admitted chocoholic, so that should be no surprise.

I baked these cupcakes for a holiday party, and forgot to take a snap of the finished product, all frosted, but I did add a cupcake to our Christmas tree for a little while. It did look awfully adorable. I even used super cute cupcake liners, with Santas on them, but once that dark cupcake baked, they didn't look so festive anymore. Mental note, only use the super cute cupcake liners on lighter cupcakes!

Kayte from Grandma's Kitchen Table picked these cute cupcakes, which are meant to be adorned with fluffy vanilla frosting and a cute gingerbread cutout. Even though I don't have photographic proof, I'll admit to you all that I didn't make Martha's gingerbread cutout. I was going to, really, but I realized how much more cookie dough I still had to make for the holidays, and decided to go with some store-bought gingersnaps. They did look awfully cute, but you'll just have to take my word for it.

So that's another non-chocolate baking challenge completed. I really ought to make the inaugural cupcakes of our club, the Chocolate Salted Caramel ones that look so delicious in the book. On the bright side, there's a hint of chocolate on the horizon for us - in May, we're doing Martha's nod to the famous Hostess cupcakes, her Jumbo Cream-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes, which I'm totally looking forward to. Jess from Cookbook Habit picked them, and I'm so happy she did.

I'm also looking forward to March's selection, the Lemon Meringue cupcakes, which one of my favorite bloggers, Megan of My Baking Adventures, selected. I love Megan, and I especially enjoy her side blog, The Brownie Project. Husband is a super big fan of lemon meringue pie, and I've never made it for him. I know, it's on my things-I've-never-made-but-really-ought-to-try-once list this year, but in the meantime, the cupcakes will be a super nice treat for him.


Teresa Bjork said...

This wasn't my favorite rec.ipe, either, although I love ginger. My cupcakes turned out like bricks. But I was rushed to finish them in between my other holiday baking. Enjoyed reading your post!

Keli said...

Hi! I just found your blog and I love it! Stop by my blog and share some of your great cookie recipes in my cookie swap! Merry Christmas!

Megan said...

I'm so glad you liked my pick - the lemon meringue - because my husband is a HUGE lemon lover (and that's why I picked them).

Anyways, thanks for all of your sweet comments, I truly appreciate them.

AND I've been meaning to tell you that I tried your IHOP pancake recipe - my kids have advised me to stop the search for a good recipe, because this one is IT! They absolutely think it's perfect, and as soon as I get a good photo, I will blog about them and give you full credit, of course. Thanks!

Tracey said...

I love that you added a cupcake to your tree! I have a little cupcake ornament but a real cupcake is even more fun :) I didn't try these but my mom really enjoyed them.

Janine said...

Cupcake on a tree...I wonder who would climb up first, my 2 year old or my cat. Or me...

Kayte said...

They sound wonderful and what a great idea with the store-bought toppers idea. I have not a creative bone in my body, so that is a great way to go in my train of thought! I am looking forward to the next selections as well. It was good to have a gingerbread smell in the house for December, but I did that, so now I am ready to move on .... cute shot of your tree.

Cupcakes and Sundry said...

Hey nice cupcakes, you asked what tip I used it was a Wilton 6B, it get's bent pretty easy but I like the multiple ridges it gives.

SUGAR B said...

I am glad you made these! They do look adorable on the tree! Great idea. :)

I didn't like this recipe in particular so I made myself another batch using another one. Much better, IMO.

Thanks for baking along with us this month and Happy Holidays!

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