Ginger cupcakes with treacle icing

October 5, 2016
Ginger cupcakes with treacle icing make the ideal treat for Autumn nights and bonfire night. Made with ginger and treacle serve them round the flames with a cup of hot chocolate.
Ginger cupcakes
Autumn is definitely here with its dark nights and colder days. I love Autumn, scrunching though piles of leaves and watching the stars in the night sky. As well as being the weather for comforting casseroles Autumn brings some nights to celebrate. Halloween and Bonfire night are two of these. These ginger cupcakes with treacle icing bring together some of the flavours of Autumn in a cupcake which is perfect for serving round the bonfire. What could be nicer than eating home baked cakes in the light of the flames?

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Ginger cupcakes with treacle icing

Ginger is a spice that is perfect for Autumn. Not only is it golden in colour, like the leaves on the trees, but it has a number of health benefits. Colder weather brings colds and flu and ginger is a powerful antibacterial that helps boost your immunity. Ginger also acts as an anti-inflammatory which helps decrease joint pain. It is also one of the most effective herbs for treating digestive problems and can be used to treat motion sickness and morning sickness.

Treacle has long been associated with Halloween and bonfire night. Most of us are familiar with treacle toffee, a hard brittle toffee that needs to be smashed into pieces before it is eaten. In Scotland a Halloween game involves hanging treacle covered scones from trees. Participants have to take a bite out of the scone with their hands tied.

Ginger cupcakes are reminiscent of parkin, a gingerbread cake made with ginger and black treacle which originated in northern England.  The treacle icing sets the cupcakes off perfectly making the perfect bite sized snack for Bonfire night.

Ginger cupcakes with treacle icing

Ginger cupcakes with treacle icing recipe

Ginger cupcakes with treacle icing

Author Alison


  • 120 g plain flour
  • 70 g dark demarara sugar
  • 70 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp black treacle
  • 40 g butter
  • 120 ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • For the icing
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 80 g butter
  • 2 tsp treacle
  • splash of milk


  • Preheat the oven to 170C Gas Mark 3
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy
  • Mix in the rest of the ingredients until well combined and smooth
  • Share the mixture between 12 cupcake cases
  • Bake for 20 minutes until firm
  • Leave to cool
  • To make the icing mix the butter and sugar together until fluffy, adding a little milk if needed
  • Add the treacle and stir until combined
  • Top each of the cakes with the icing.

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Ginger cupcakes with treacle icing, perfect for Halloween or bonfire night

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6 responses to “Ginger cupcakes with treacle icing”

  1. Ooh another way to use up some of my black treacle – these look great 🙂

  2. Galina V says:

    Delicious flavours – treacle and ginger. Very seasonal and perfect with a cup of tea.

  3. I love any kind of ginger dessert. I usually obsess over ginger flapjacks, but I am going to have to try some ginger cupcakes too.

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