I know.  The title sounds like a mouthful.

Maybe a  little bit of overkill?  I don’t know.  Sometimes I like to jam a bunch of flavors together and then…it’s too much.

But these?  Were perfect.

Well, that’s my opinion anyway, so take it as you will.  But I will tell you that Doodle gave them the double thumbs-up, even after originally informing me he was not going to eat “that lemon part” {he ate the lemon part}.

I’d love to tell you that I made these from scratch, carefully measuring out molasses, cloves, and ginger…but I didn’t.  I used a cake mix.  And I’m unapologetic about it.  Sometimes the busyness of the season mandates shortcuts.  At least in my kitchen.  🙂

My husband has a terrible habit of coming home from work and announcing that he needs “something” to take to work for a potluck lunch–the next day.  So if you need something quick and easy for a last-minute gathering or work function…this is it.

Plus, they look kind of fancy…even though they’re not.

Gingerbread Lemon Cupcakes {with Vanilla Bean Cream}
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box gingerbread cake and cookie mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1¼ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup lemon curd
For the Vanilla Bean Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with cupcake papers and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, egg, water and lemon zest. Beat until well-combined, about 1 minute. Spoon batter into cupcake papers, filling about two-thirds full. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove cakes from pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  3. Using a piping bag (or ziplock bag) and a #10 pastry tip, poke a hole in the top of each cake, and squeeze approximately 1 tablespoon curd inside of each cupcake. Or, just carefully cut a small hole in each cake and spoon the curd inside.
For the Vanilla Bean Cream:
  1. Pour the heavy cream into a chilled mixing bowl and add the vanilla bean powder/vanilla bean seeds. Beat on low speed until foamy; gradually add in sugar and increase speed to medium, beating until soft peaks form. Chill until ready to use.

 

If you’re interested in participating in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, stop by Brenda’s blog to sign up!

I’m partying here!

XO, Ashley