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Spiced Ginger Ale Cupcakes

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Spiced Ginger Ale Cupcakes are an easy and quick dessert made with a spiced cake mix, a can of soda, and decorated with a few darling gingerbread man cookies for a fun festive treat the kids will love.

Last year I forgot I had signed up to bring a treat to our annual Church Christmas dinner party! I wish I could say this was an unusual occurrence for me. (You do not want to be inside my head! It’s crazy in there! Lol)  

A cupcake with a gingerbread man on top

Any who…back to the topic at hand…(See! It’s happening right now!)… I forgot about my promise to bring Dessert to “God’s Followers Christmas Party”!  (I mean, if you’re gonna let someone down…go for the BIG GUY!)

What to do? I had to work with what I had on hand. I remembered that not long ago I had made some incredible Dr Pepper cupcakes using a boxed cake mix and a can soda! Maybe I could pull off a Christmas Cupcake with similar luck?

Sure enough…one boxed spiced cake mix married a can of Ginger Ale! Viola…moist tender spiced cupcakes with a caramel cream cheese frosting…topped with a spunky happy gingerbread man and some golden sprinkles! Merry Christmas!

close up of Gingerbread spiced cupcakes

So, if like me, you get in a bind this Holiday Season…here’s what ya do…

How To Make Festive Spiced Ginger Ale Cupcakes

Preheat your oven to 350°. In your mixer add one boxed spiced cake mix and one can of Ginger Ale. Yep…that’s it. Don’t add eggs, oil, or water. Just that one can of soda. Awesome Right?

Mix until well blended.

cake mix and ginger ale mixing together in the mixer

Line your muffin cups with cupcake liners. I always have a supply on hand for every holiday. (It goes along with the “crazy” in my head!) Fill each up 2/3 full.

TIP: Shop the after Holiday sales for cupcake liners. They are always marked down. Then you’ll have a supply when needed. I store all of mine in a clear plastic container, so I can see what I have on hand.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350° or until centers spring back when touched. Place on a rack to cool. (Remember… I was cooling QUICKLY!)

Perfectly baked ginger ale spiced cupcakes

While cupcakes are cooling, whip up a batch of my Cream Cheese Caramel Frosting. This is a simple Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting and will make more than you’ll need for your cupcakes. THAT’S OKAY!

You’re gonna store the extra in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use it on your amazing Lion House Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas morning!

Pipe the frosting on the cooled cupcakes, sprinkle with gold sprinkles, and top off with a fun packaged gingerbread man cookie.

decorated gingerbread men ginger ale spiced cupcakes

That my friends is how you save your good name at the Church Social! Lol

Rumor has it that the kiddo’s LOVED these cupcakes! I have a feeling some of those kiddos were a little too big for Santa’s lap…if ya know what I mean? (wink, wink)

I think anytime you get two treats in one…it’s a good thing. A yummy moist tasty cupcake and a crunchy crisp happy cookie! SCORE!!!

gingerbread man cookie on top of ginger ale spiced cupcakes

You can do almost any combination too. You don’t have to make this flavor.

Have a chocolate cake mix and a coke? Go for it! Add a wonderful chocolate cherry frosting by mixing cherry juice into a can of store-bought chocolate frosting. Have a vanilla cake mix and Cranberry Sprite…yep…do it! Add Orange Cranberry Frosting! So many possibilities! Go wild!

So when things get crazy this Holiday Season, and you’ve forgotten that classroom treat assignment, or if you’re like me and can’t remember what you’ve committed to do…you now have a quick easy and delicious treat you can whip up in a jiffy!

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Yield: 24 cupcakes

Spiced Ginger Ale Cupcakes

Spiced Ginger Ale Cupcakes made with soda pop

Moist tender spiced cupcakes are made in minutes thanks to a boxed cake mix and one can of ginger ale soda. Topped with a Rich Creamy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting and a spunky gingerbread man cookie.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 boxed spiced cake mix
  • 1 can Ginger Ale
  • 24 Gingerbread men Cookies
  • 1 Batch of Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)
  • Gold Sprinkles

Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 11 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Line 2 muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners.
  3. In your mixer, with the paddle attachment, mix together 1 spiced cake mix and 1 can of Ginger Ale.
  4. Mix until well blended.
  5. Fill lined muffins tins 2/3 full.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until centers spring back when touched in the center.
  7. Place on rack to cool.
  8. Once cool pipe with frosting, sprinkle with gold sprinkles, top with a gingerbread man cookie.

Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl until well combined; add 4 cups of confectioners sugar and caramel topping. Beat until smooth. Store in refrigerator until needed.

Nutrition Information:


24 servings

Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 493Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 481mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 1gSugar: 55gProtein: 4g

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