Gingerbread Cupcakes

Short break from kitchen renovation talk as I’ve got a few recipes to share. Last Christmas I was given an amazing little cookbook ‘Vegan Cupcakes take over the World’. Now I’m not vegan (I have been a couple of times in my lifetime) but this book is just full of so many great recipes that I wanted to try. First up I had to make these gingerbread cupcakes which you can top with lemon frosting. To keep them healthy I’ve left the frosting off. Now I used dairy in this recipe but have put where to use soy if you want to keep them vegan.
so light inside

Gingerbread Cupcakes
1 1/4 cups self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
1 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable/canola oil
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup soy/dairy milk
2Tbsp soy/vanilla yoghurt
grated zest of 1/2 lemon

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. If you have a thermomix place your oil, syrup, milk, yoghurt and lemon peel in the bowl and process for 10 seconds on speed 6. Tip in dry ingredients and process for 10 seconds on speed 4. Taste and add more ginger if you want more of a gingerbread taste. **Divide between 12 cupcake wrappers in a muffin tray.  Bake in oven for about 20 minutes until firm on top and a skewer comes out clean. Cool on rack and enjoy. If you want to ice them,  try my easy cream cheese frosting here with a dash more lemon zest or lemon juice. To make the frosting vegan just substitute with nutelex (a dairy free margerine), vegan cream cheese and a non dairy milk.
vegan gingerbread cupcakes


If you don’t have a thermomix you can use your kitchenaid/food processor or just a good old whisk by combining your oil, syrup, milk, yoghurt and finely grated lemon zest. Whisk well then add in dry sifted ingredients and whisk again. Add in more ginger to taste then follow from **.

And I’ve got to say these are so light and fluffy you wouldn’t believe you haven’t used eggs or butter.


  1. I need to make these immediately!

  2. They sound yum! I am going to add these to my to bake list!

  3. Superb looking cakes, on a sweet plate too! Xx

  4. This is one of my all time faves! I love anything gingerbread this time of the year…and yours’ look sooo delish!

  5. Hi Corrie, you have such a beautiful blog. Thanks for dropping by ,so glad you found me as now I can follow you! I see you have a thermomix tab and have heard great things about them so look forward to taking a look around. Karla

  6. Oh yes, I can see me making these little beauties sometime in the near future. Yummo! Only thing I would add is the lemon frosting… because I’m a piggy like that ;o)
    Thanks for sharing Corrie… lovely to have a recipe thrown in with all the reno talk :o) xo

  7. I love ginger desserts! I have a cutting of a ginger cheesecake recipe that I have been holding onto for years… I really must make it!

    These sound yum and are easy to make. I will definitely make these soon, very xmassy and my kids love gingerbread men so I can’t see why that won’t like these.

  8. The Lemon frosting idea sounds great too! Yum yum, diet tomorrow!

  9. I love the plate your cupcakes are on! x

  10. Made these on Sunday seriously simple to make and seriously delicious to eat.

    Thanks for the recipe.


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