Gingerbread Muffin Tops With Mascarpone Frosting

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Gingerbread Muffin Tops With Mascarpone Frosting

My daughter Amanda and I have had a craving for a Gingerbread Muffin from the Gingerbread Confection Bakery chain out of town for over a week…every once in while my husband (AKA “St Barry”) will surprises us with a box  of muffins from this yummy bakery located near his work. Yesterday, while doing some after Christmas shopping with my kids, I spotted a muffin top pan on clearance for $9.99 at Marshalls…there was no way I was leaving the store without it. For the reminder of the day my mission was to get home and whip up a batch of our favorite muffins and cure our carving!

Muffin Ingredients

1 stick salted butter

½ cup dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1/2  cup buttermilk

1/2  cup molasses

1 1/3 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2  teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground mace

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 six section muffin top pan

Mascarpone Frosting  Ingredients

4 ounces cream cheese

8 ounces mascarpone cheese

4  tablespoons salted butter softened

3 cups confectioners’ sugar; (plus 1/4 cup for final dusting)

2 tablespoons buttermilk

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 large pastry bag  & decorative frosting tip

Muffin Step-by-Step

1 combine butter and brown sugar in bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment; on medium speed, cream butter and sugar two minutes or until fluffy

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2 add egg, buttermilk , vanilla bean paste, and molasses; mix on low speed until all ingredients come together (mixture will be wet & lumpy)

3 in separate mixing bowl, sift all dry ingredients together

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4   add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in bowl of stand mixer; mix on low speed until thick batter is formed

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4 lightly spray muffin top pan with cooking spray

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5  fill each muffin section with 2/3 cup batter

filled muffin pan

6 in preheated 350° oven bake 15 minutes or until cake tester is  inserted and removed cleanly

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7 cool 10 minutes on wire rack before frosting

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Frosting Step-by-Step

1 place all frosting ingredients in bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment

2 mix on low speed until frosting begins to form and confectioners sugar is incorporated; increase mixer speed to medium; beat mixture until smooth and creamy

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3 transfer creamy frosting to large pastry bag fitted with a decorative frosting tip (I like to use my Wilton 6B tip); pipe frosting in center of each muffin top

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4  finish with light dusting of confectioners’ sugar

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Mission Complete!

Yields 6 Muffin Tops

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5 Responses to Gingerbread Muffin Tops With Mascarpone Frosting

  1. They look so good, my kids used to love muffin tops… Love the way you say, just going to whip up some Gingerbread Muffins Tops, my kitchen would have to be professionally cleaned and remodeled if I try to do something as yummy as these.

  2. pclbc says:

    And still waiting for mine LOL

  3. Ellie Bevins says:

    I’m gonna have to find a muffin top pan first!! I’m with Donna!! My kitchen would implode on trying this recipe!! But I’m gonna try!!!! (Someday)!! These look beyond delish!!!

  4. Dave Moore says:

    looks great and how many can eat just one? Not Me :-)

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