Lemon Cupcakes with a Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting

How cute are these?!  I actually giggled to myself and clapped my hands while placing the gingerbread men on top.

Who would have thought that lemon, ginger and cream cheese frosting would be such a good combination?

I have to give my mom credit for the idea.  She emailed me recently to tell me about Trader Joe’s Lemon and Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream and a light bulb turned on over my head.

Thankfully, the sun came out for a few minutes today so I could take photos and share the recipe with you!   Have I mentioned that daylight saving time really makes life hard for food bloggers?

Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you get to enjoy it among those you love and care about most.

Shopping List (Makes about 18 cupcakes)
1 box lemon cake mix
1 1/3 Cups Water
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil (as I’ve mentioned I use this stuff, Kelepo Coconut oil is the best)
3 Large Eggs
12 oz cream cheese, room temperature (1 1/2 packages)
2  1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tsp ground ginger (you could use fresh ginger as well, I just didn’t have any on hand)
Pinch salt
18 mini gingerbread men

Prepare cupcakes according to directions on box, replacing the vegetable oil with coconut oil.

While your cupcakes are baking, mix your cream cheese, sugar, ground ginger and salt with an electric mixer in a medium sized bowl. (Add more sugar if it’s not sweet enough for you)

Break your mini gingerbread men in half saving the upper half to top the cupcakes. Place the bottom halves in a food processor (or crush them yourself) and add it to your cream cheese frosting for more flavor and texture.

Place your frosting in a piping bag and top each cupcake. Top with upper halves of gingerbread men.
Note: You may have a little left over frosting depending on how much you like on your cupcakes

14 Responses to “Lemon Cupcakes with a Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. mividaenundulce posted on November 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm (#)

    The cupcakes are so lovely. I like how the gingerbread looks here.

  2. Kiri W. posted on November 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm (#)

    So cute! Love the gingerbread man topping 🙂 And the flavor combination sounds divine.

  3. Professor Vegetable posted on November 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm (#)

    Lemon desserts are my favorite!!!

  4. April posted on November 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm (#)

    These are adorable! I love the gingerbread man on top 🙂 And I never thought of using coconut oil as a substitute, I will have to try that next time I bake a cake.

  5. A Nerdy New Yorker posted on November 24, 2011 at 2:18 am (#)

    omg these cupcakes look super cute! I love the gingerbread men on top… Not sure how I’ll feel about breaking them in half though haha

  6. Apron Appeal posted on November 24, 2011 at 3:36 am (#)

    Lemon and ginger. I’m imagining greatness. I’ve always thought fresh ginger has a citrusy quality to it, I wonder if it would compliment the lemon or compete with it? Guess I’ll have to find out.

  7. Foodness Gracious posted on November 24, 2011 at 6:27 am (#)

    Ugghh, the light is a huge bummer for me 🙁 I’ll need to look out for that ice cream, it sounds awesome and don’t you just love it when little things set off reciped ideas for us?
    Take care..

  8. MyFudo™ posted on November 24, 2011 at 8:53 am (#)

    I love the animated presentation of your cupcakes! My daughter will really have a blast eating these and I can imagine the mess we will be making in the kitchen. Surely a recipe we cannot miss. Thanks for posting!

  9. sorina luiza posted on November 24, 2011 at 9:13 am (#)

    Lovelly!!!! I wiil try in this week-end… but gingermen…I must find him. :)))
    many thanks !!

  10. Barbara posted on November 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm (#)

    Great Ideia, really cute!!

  11. KonstantKraver posted on November 26, 2011 at 4:22 am (#)

    SO so Cute!!….Congrats on making the Top 9!

  12. momdecuisine.net posted on November 27, 2011 at 7:05 am (#)

    Those look fabulous! Perfect for holiday bake sales. Congrats on Top 9!

  13. Jen posted on November 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm (#)

    Such a cute idea for Christmas! Perfect for the kids to help!


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