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If you’re a fan of gingerbread men then you’ll love this delicious, smooth gingerbread buttercream, flavoured with ginger and black treacle.

I love at Christmas , so when it came to thinking up a flavour for day 3 of my festive buttercream week I decided that it had to be gingerbread.

I’ve experimented with ginger buttercream before but never managed to get the flavour quite rich enough to really bring all the memories of gingerbread biscuits when eating it. I ended up pouring over gingerbread biscuit recipes thinking about what gives them their distinctive flavour and thinking about whether I could somehow shoehorn that into a smooth buttercream.

After much experimentation, I discovered that the secret to making a buttercream that tastes just like gingerbread was to add lots of ground ginger and also a little black treacle. I’m traditional and stick to just ginger but I know some people prefer to add other spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg to their biscuits, so feel free to switch some of the ginger for these in the recipe if you prefer.

Gingerbread Buttercream

I’ve served this gingerbread buttercream on some of my and they’re topped with some cute gingerbread man sprinkles that I found in Hobbycraft.

Before you start, make sure you have all of the equipment needed.

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- Piping Bags – if you’re planning on piping the cupcakes

- Piping Nozzle – To pipe the cupcakes as shown in the pictures you’ll need a

Gingerbread Buttercream


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If you’re a fan of gingerbread men then you’ll love this delicious, smooth gingerbread buttercream, flavoured with ginger and black treacle.

- 225 g butter - soft at room temperature

Gingerbread Buttercream

- Cut the butter into cubes and beat in an electric mixer on a low speed until soft.

- Add the icing sugar and beat until fully combined – I prefer to add the sugar a couple of spoonfuls at a time as this minimises the amount of sugar that flies out all over the kitchen.

- Add the black treacle a tbsp at a time and beat until fully combined.

- Add the ground ginger and again beat until fully combined.

- Check the consistency of your buttercream, if it seems a little too firm to pipe then add a little milk until you have the required consistency.

Gingerbread Buttercream

- Your buttercream is now ready to use.

Makes enough for 12 cupcakes or to over and fill a 20cm layer cake.

Take a look at my to find lots of different flavour cupcake sponges to serve this on, as well as lots of other buttercream recipe inspiration.

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Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.2g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 15.4g | Saturated Fat: 9.8g | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 40.8g

Gingerbread Buttercream

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The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.

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Can you break the ingredients into cups other than grams please

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