For as long as I can remember we had candied ginger in our house. It was a favourite of my mom’s so was always in the cupboard alongside the candied peel, cherries and angelica. As a child I thought its dry sugary coating made it seem like some sort of exotic candy from long ago.
Candied ginger is delicious dipped in dark chocolate and is pretty when diced and sprinkled on cakes but when tucked into baked goods (like these gingerbread cupcakes) it gives an unexpected hit of chewy sweet heat.
That’s what makes these cupcakes a little special.
Served with or without the Baily’s glaze, they make a lovely dessert to top off a mid-March meal.
Guinness gingerbread cupcakes with Baily’s Irish Cream glaze
- 1/2 cup stout beer (Guinness)
- 1/2 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1-1/3 cups flour
- 1-1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup finely minced candied ginger
For the frosting:
- 2 Tbsp Baily’s Irish Cream
- ½ Tbsp soft butter
- 1 to 1½ cups icing sugar
- ½ tsp. vanilla
Make the cupcakes:
- Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- Bring the stout, molasses, and oil to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in the baking soda until dissolved. (The mixture will foam up, then settle down.)
- Stir in the brown sugar, then let cool.
- Into a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
- Whisk the eggs into the stout mixture, then whisk in the flour mixture just until incorporated.
- Don’t over-mix.
- Gently stir in the minced candied ginger.
- Bake 22 to 24 minutes at 350 F.
- Let cool completely before glazing.
Make the frosting:
- Cream the butter with a tablespoon of icing sugar.
- Add the Baily’s and vanilla then continue with more icing sugar until you get a spreadable consistency that slowly runs off a spoon.
- Spread on cupcakes right to the edge so the extra dribbles down the side.
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