Gingerbread, Egg Nog and a Tart Prima Cuvée

Arctic freeze begone! I kind of wished that I could bake with the cupcakes this week, it’s too dang cold outside. That being said, great incentive to be in the kitchen, trying to stir up some holiday heat and keeping the closest proximity possible to the oven.

This week, I was inspired to try and turn beloved gingerbread cookies into a cupcake counterpart. They baked gloriously, flour measurement dead on. I was worried about baking cupcakes with molasses but the combination of molasses, ginger, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg created the perfect flavor.

gingerbread 1

I decided to avoid a fluffy whipped frosting this week, instead trying to channel more of a glaze that you might normally see on gingerbread cookies. When it comes to holiday flavors I say the more the merries, so I decided on an egg nog flavored glaze. It definitely had a thinner texture than my regular frostings, but it was a little bit more thick than I would like a glaze to be when I apply. This led to a wee bit of overflow when frosting. I’ll have to work on my technique there 🙂

gingerbread 2

Recipe (makes 12):

Cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 large egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup molasses
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp all spice

  • Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove and cool.

Glaze:
12 oz powdered confectioners sugar
1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup egg nog
1 tsp vanilla

  • Combine and beat until you achieve the preferred texture
  • Once cupcakes are cool glaze and sprinkle additional cinnamon as garnish
  • Enjoy!

Although I had to wear mittens to enjoy my Champagne this week, enjoy it I did. I went back and forth between whether to opt for a sweet creamy sparkling wine, or one that’s a little bit more tart. I decided to go tart, since the cupcake is rich and a little bit spicy.

Rosatello Prima Cuvée come from an Italian staple, Ruffino. One of the very first companies to inroduce Italian wines internationally, Rosatello is argued by some to be one of the most famous Rosé wines in the world. It’s sweet and fragrant, with just a hint of acidity that compliments the ginger in the cupcakes. Very drinkable– highly recommend for a price point of around $15.

rosatello 1

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Cheers,
Jenna

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