December 15th is National Cupcake Day!In honor of the special holiday, Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, the stars of TLC's "DC Cupcakes" joined the "Your Morning" crew with tips on how to make your holiday cupcakes more festive.
The two sisters run a cupcakery in Washington, DC, called Georgetown Cupcakes. The pair are also a part of a cookbook full of recipes from TLC stars, Cookbook For a Cause, with proceeds benefiting Feeding America.
Gingerbread CupcakesIngredients:2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour3 tbs ground ginger2 tsp baking soda1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon1/2 tsp ground cloves1/2 tsp ground nutmeg1/4 tsp salt1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature1 cup packed dark brown sugar3 large eggs, room temperature1 1/4 cup molasses1 cup water
Directions:Line a standard cupcake pan with 12 paper baking cups and preheat your oven to 350 F.Sift together all dry ingredients and set aside.Cream together butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on high speed, 3-5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. And the eggs, one at a time, beating slowly after each addition. Add the molasses, mixing until well incorporated.Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients, followed by 1/3 of the water, and mix thoroughly. Repeat with an additional 1/3 of the dry ingredients and 1/3 of the water, and then with the final third of each.Scoop batter into cupcake pan using a standard size ice cream scoop.Bake at 350 F for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract6 oz cream cheese, room temperature2 tsp ground cinnamon
Place all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until well combined. Frost cupcakes using a pastry bag fitted with a large tip and decorate with a fondant Gingerbread man or your favorite holiday decorations.