Gingerbread cupcakes are a great winter activity when you are getting through yet another snow day or perfect for a class party.
I absolutely love making gingerbread houses with my kids. It is one of the highlights of the year for us. That being said, it is an enjoyable activity now that my babies are older and can sit and do an activity for a long time. Our houses can take hours. That wasn’t always the case. When they were little, we would either make teeny ones out of graham crackers, or a cupcake version like this one that I made for Go Bold With Butter.
This gingerbread cupcake is one of my favorite baking activities to do with kids because it is so easy, the kids can do all of it easily by themselves. You can really holiday these up and make them mini red and green gingerbread houses for Christmas, but I made a more subdued version, a winter cabin or birdhouse that is just as appropriate in February as it is in during Christmastime. It is a perfect snow day activity. The kids can bake, decorate, and eat a fun activity.
To make the gingerbread cupcakes:
- gingerbread cupcakes
- chocolate frosting
- graham crackers
- cinnamon square cereal (Life is my favorite.)
- candies for decoration (chocolate covered candies, nonpareils, mini marshmallows)
You can find my recipes for the cupcakes and buttercream here.
Add a small dab of frosting to a graham cracker square. Cut off a small piece of the bottom of the cupcake so that it will stand. Frost the front of the cupcake and place the flat side down onto the graham cracker.
Add a generous amount of frosting to the top of the cupcake, pushing it down the sides. This acts as the glue for the roof.
Add a square for one side of the roof.
Add another and press firmly to stick.
Spread some more frosting all over the roof and adhere cereal to make shingles.
Add windows, doors, and decorations.
I used chocolate covered candies from Unreal to decorate. They are made with natural food coloring, and I loved the color palette. (They are also a local Boston company which makes me love them even more.)