Lords of Waterdeep Cupcakes

Ginger Ale Cupcakes

The concept of baking with soda pop was recommended to me by a house guest I had recently. He reminisced about the 7-Up cake his mother used to make for him. I’m not sure why I hadn’t considered baking with pop before – I certainly cook with it (slow cooker pork, anyone?), and I’ve baked sparkling wine cupcakes for New Years. So naturally I had to grab my favorite carbonated beverage and give it a whirl.

Mixing Ginger Ale Cupcake recipeGinger ale always feels like a treat for me. Growing up, the only time I would ever get it was on an airplane (read: family vacation)… so my brain likes to associate it with feelings of excitement and joy. Cut to a discovery of a recipe posted by SprinkleBakes, one of my favorite baking blogs. I took her base cupcake recipe and made a few minor alterations.

I did make her frosting, but didn’t care for it, and ended up making my own ginger buttercream that I felt gave these cupcakes a bit more of a kick that they needed. To top them off, I took some modeling chocolate and made some gold coins from the game, Lords of Waterdeep.

Ginger Ale Cupcakes with Ginger Buttercream Frosting

Category: Cupcakes

Ginger Ale Cupcakes with Ginger Buttercream Frosting

These cupcakes have a great vanilla base with a slight ginger ale twist, accompanied by a buttercream that gives a slightly spicier kick of ginger.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup ginger ale
    For the frosting:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  3. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ginger together.
  5. Stir 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Repeat until fully incorporated.
  6. In the now empty bowl, whisk together the sour cream and ginger ale. It should be fizzy.
  7. Stir the ginger ale mixture into the batter.
  8. Fill cupcake liners about half way. The batter should make about 18 cupcakes.
  9. Bake for about 25 minutes.
    For the frosting:
  1. Beat the butter in a stand mixer on high for a few minutes until butter turns very pale.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and ground ginger.
  3. Mix in half the powdered sugar, then half the heavy cream, then repeat.
  4. Frost the cupcakes after they have completely cooled.


Adapted from Sprinklebakes Recipe