Gingerbread latte cupcakes

You know you can start thinking about Christmas when Starbucks and Costa bring out their red christmas cups. I love their festive drinks, especially the gingerbread latte coffee- but finding it to sweet to drink, I came up with a recipe to magically transform that same taste into a cupcake. These are simple to make but sound impressive and can be the perfect christmas treat or present.

Ingredients: (makes 12)

For the cake:

-140g light brown sugar

-140g soft butter

-3 eggs

-140g self raising flour

-1 tbsp ginger powder

-2 tbsp instant coffee mixed with 1 tbsp hot water

For the icing:

-150g icing sugar, sifted

-80g soft butter

-1 tsp instant coffee mixed with 2 tsp hot water

-1.5 tsp ginger powder

-2 tbsp milk

-Decorations, such as chocolate coffee beans

Method:

1)Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius. Put cupcake cases into a 12-hole muffin tin.

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2) Beat together the butter and sugar with an electric whisk.

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3) Add the eggs, one at a time and beat into the mixture.

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4) Now add the flour, coffee and ginger powder. Mix together.

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5) Spoon the cake mixture into the cupcake cases.

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6) Bake in the oven for 17 minutes until cooked. Put on a wire rack to cool once done.

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7) Now make the icing. Beat together the icing sugar and butter.

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8) Add the coffee, ginger and milk, and mix together.

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9) Pipe or spread the icing onto the cupcakes.

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10) Decorate with chocolate coffee beans and anything else.

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