Love and Confections: Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream #ChristmasSweetsWeek

December 13, 2018

Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream #ChristmasSweetsWeek

Skip the coffeehouse and bake some delicious Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream! These delectable cupcakes are topped with a coffee buttercream, adorable specialty sprinkle mix, and mini gingerbread man cut-out cookies!! They are almost too cute to eat!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

These cupcakes are everything! Talk about a delicious and moist gingerbread recipe. I was so excited to make these cupcakes because I love gingerbread. I have to admit, I was more excited about the toppings at first, but the whole thing has me in love. Don't forget to enter the #ChristmasSweetsWeek giveaway at the bottom of the post.

The gingerbread cupcake recipe is so easy to make and this version makes a smaller amount than a normal batch. I used strong, warm coffee as one of the wet ingredients - just be sure it isn't too hot that it starts cooking the batter.

Coffee buttercream is one of my new favorite experiments. I love the flavor that LorAnn Coffee Emulsion gave to the frosting. I used a lot more frosting than usual on the cupcakes, but only because it photographs better. You can definitely decrease the amount of frosting on each by piping a simple rosette - like on my Christmas Rosette Sugar Cookies.

The sprinkles are out of this world!! I used the "Reindeer Food" sprinkles from Sweets & Treats. It was the perfect color scheme for my cupcakes and I adore the miniature gingerbread quins.

When I envisioned this cupcake, it needed a topper that would wow - something out of the ordinary. After realizing I needed a mini gingerbread cut-out cookie, or gingerbaby as I was calling it all day, I turned to none other that one of the cookie queens herself, Sweet Sugarbelle. Her gingerbread recipe is phenominal and will be in my Christmas cookie rotation every year!

Here are some items used in today's recipe:

Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream

Love and Confections


  • 1/2 cup Cabot unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon LorAnn Oils Coffee Emulsion
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee, warm
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon ground ginger,
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Coffee Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup Cabot unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons LorAnn Coffee Flavor
  • 2-3 cups Dixie Crystals Confectioners Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • Sweets & Treats Sprinkles
  • Mini gingerbread cut-out cookies


  1. Heat oven to 350F. Line tin with cupcake baking papers and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine butter and sugars, and cream 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and add in egg, vanilla and coffee flavoring. Mix to combine. Slowly add brewed coffee while mixer is on low. Scrape down sides of bowl as necessary.
  3. In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Using a small measuring scoop, add dry ingredients in while mixer is on low. Scrape down sides and mix gently with spatula if needed.
  4. Using a scoop or disher, divide batter between 14 cupcake liners, roughly 2/3 full in each. Bake 16-20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  5. Cool in tins for 5-10 minutes, then place on wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Coffee Buttercream Instructions: In large bowl with hand blender, or bowl of mixer with whisk attachment, mix butter and shortening together until completely combined. Add in salt, vanilla, and coffee flavoring and mix on low until combined. Scrape down sides of bowl. Once incorporated, whip on medium low and add in heavy cream, starting with 1 tablespoon and adding more after incorporating powdered sugar. Scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. Add in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Once combined, whip on medium to medium-high until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. If you live in a humid climate, or frosting does not hold shape, add sifted powdered sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach desired piping consistency. If necessary, add additional heavy cream for looser piping consistency. Place frosting into a large piping bag fitted with a 1M piping tip. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Top with sprinkles and mini gingerbread cut-out cookie.
  7. Refrigerate if not using immediately.
Yield: 14 cupcakes

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Hot Buttered Caramel Apple Cider Mix from Tip Garden
Salted Caramel Martini from April Golightly
Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Cheese Curd in Paradise


Chocolate Hazelnut Doughnuts from Kate's Recipe Box
Cranberry Eggnog Quickbread from Jonesin' For Taste Cranberry Orange Bread from Juggling Act Mama
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Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Cranberry Eggnog Fudge from Sweet Beginnings
Snickerdoodle Fudge from Culinary Adventures with Camilla


Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Seduction In The Kitchen
Chocolate Espresso Mousse from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Cranberry Champagne Cupcakes from Our Good Life
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Festive Coconut Macaroons from For the Love of Food
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