Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe

Delicious cupcakes with mango buttercream from Iron Chef's Bobby Flay.


3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 (2″) piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
Cooking spray
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine salt
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup finely packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
6 tbsp molasses

Caramelized Mango Buttercream
2 cups (4 sticks) plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter, slightly softened but still cool, cut into small pieces
3 ripe mangos, coarsely chopped
6 large egg yolks
Cooking spray
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup finely diced candied ginger, for garnish


Step 1: To make the cupcakes, combine the granulated sugar, fresh ginger, and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the sugar has melted and the mixture thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let infuse for 30 minutes. Then strain the ginger syrup before using.

Step 2: Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners and spray the liners with cooking spray.

Step 3: Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves into a medium bowl.

Step 4: Whisk the melted butter, oil, brown sugar, eggs, and molasses together in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth.

Step 5: Fill each paper liner with 1/3 cup of the batter, to come about 1/4″ below the top of the liner. Bake just until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush the tops liberally with the ginger syrup. Let sit in the pan for 5 minutes before removing. Let cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Step 6: To make the frosting, heat the 2 tbsp butter in large saute pan over high heat. Add the mangoes and cook until caramelized and soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and process until smooth. Pass the mixture through a medium-mesh strainer into a bowl. Discard the solids.

Step 7: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks on high speed until creamy and pale yellow, about 5 minutes.

Step 8: Spray a heatproof measuring cup with cooking spray. Combine the sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan and bring to a full rolling boil over medium-high heat. Cook without stirring until the syrup reaches the soft-ball stage, 238°F to 242°F on a candy thermometer. Immediately pour it into the measuring cup to halt the cooking.

Step 9: Add a small amount of the syrup to the beaten egg yolks, turn the mixer on to high speed, and beat for about 5 seconds. Continue stopping the mixer, adding syrup, and beating in the same manner until all of the syrup is incorporated. Beat the mixture until it is completely cool.

Step 10: Add the remaining 2 cups butter, a few pieces at a time, beating until incorporated before adding the next pieces. When all of the butter has been blended in, add the vanilla and the mango purée and beat until combined.

Step 11: Frost the top of each cupcake liberally with the buttercream, and garnish with the candied ginger.

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Reprinted with permission from Bobby Flay’s Throwdown (2010 Clarkson Potter).