I kinda miss the "tastes" of Christmas... I've been thinking a lot about a gingerbread loaf recipe I got from one of my magazines, but couldn't really make it because of some ingredients that would require a special trip to the grocery store. So when I found this recipe from my newsletter subscription, and realized that I have all the ingredients available on hand, I knew I just had to try it.
I had my hopes up...but it was a little disappointing.
For starters, it didn't turn out as I hoped it to be. The molasses was a little overpowering on the recipe. In fact, it's all I could taste it should be called "molasses cupcake"! But it's also possible that it was because I used the dark variety which has a more pronounce and robust flavor. And then there was the ginger... or in this case, the lack of it. I've been looking for that ginger overtones that I find in gingerbread cookies, but this recipe has very weak ginger flavor. It could've been overpowered by the molasses, though.
In the spirit of the upcoming Valentines, I sprinkled the cupcakes with powdered sugar using a home-made stencil. The cuteness of it almost made me forget the slightly unpalatable taste of these babies. Well...almost. :)