When it comes to Christmas baking, it doesn't get more festive than gingerbread! I wanted to try out gingerbread cupcakes this year, and was so pleased with how they turned out! I decorated mine with big piped swirls so I doubled the original buttercream recipe, as I always like to make sure I have plenty! The recipe was fairly unusual, I hadn't made anything with treacle before, or dissolving the baking soda, but they turned out beautifully, and are such soft, springy and delicious cupcakes!

Servings: Makes 12 Cupcakes

    You will need...

  • 75g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 125ml black treacle
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 175g all-purpose flour, or plain flour
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 125ml cup hot milk
  • For the Buttercream:
  • 240g butter, softened
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 4tbsp milk

First, preheat the oven to 175˚C/350˚F/Gas Mark 4 and pop some cupcake cases in a cupcake tin.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the treacle and the egg and egg yolk.
 Then, in a separate large bowl, sift in the flour, cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and salt.
Carefully heat up the milk but be careful not to boil it, and then dissolve in the baking soda.
Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in the hot milk mixture.
Spoon the batter evenly into the cases.
 Bake for 20 mins or until slightly springy to the touch.
Allow to cool for a few mins in the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the buttercream:
Cream the butter in a large bowl until smooth, gradually adding the icing sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the milk and cream until combined.
Spoon the buttercream into a large piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle. I piped mine from the outside in, finishing in a point to create a swirl. I then topped the cupcakes with mini gingerbread sprinkles!

Based on this recipe: http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/530296/gingerbread-cupcakesgb1 gb2 gb3 gb4 gb10 gb11 gb12

  • Emily Rose X

    i love you so much! xxx

  • Emily Rose X

    I was just watching your latest vlogmas, I loved it :) Oh and im so going to make these :) xx

  • Look great!


  • These sound incredible, I love the little gingerbread men on top!

    Liv xx


  • Hanna Södergren

    They are sooo cute!! I just have to make these!! <3

  • Laura Cottam

    ooo they look delicious! Totally going to try these out!


  • These look so nice!! A shame I don’t have any treacle handy, I would have made them right now!!


  • These look and sound sooo delicious! I love the little gingerbread man’s on it :) so cute! ♥︎

    x Val from Valerie Randomness

  • Mal.

    Oh my gosh! I really need this cake stand ! Does anyone know where can I find it or a similar one?


  • Anna Żebrowska

    Does somebody know here can I find this cute mini gingerbread sprinkles?

  • Wow these sound delicious! I bet they taste just as good as they look.

  • Amina Ayub

    love those sprinkles
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  • JenzieBoo

    Yum i really want to make these :3
    They look so nice!

  • These look delicious, I have to make them now!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  • Caoimhe M

    I will definitely be making these once I finish up college for the holidays. They look amazing!


  • Definitely making these! I’ve been loving all of your Christmas content on your channel, vlog channel and blog!

  • These look and sound incredible Zoe! I’ve bookmarked the post so that I can try these when I get off work for my Christmas holidays!

    Sara – She Who Is Short

  • Anonymous Blogger

    Wow! These look so yummy. I love the rosegold cakecases and cake stand. It looks so festive aha! I’m really enjoying 24 days of Zoella and your Vlogmases – I feel they are getting me in the mood really early this year. Happy Blogging!

  • These are some of the prettiest cupcakes I have ever seen!


  • they are absolutely gorgeous Zoe! :) makes me want to get baking right away and it is already six o’clock over here :D


  • Freya Burt

    I want to make these for my form at school

  • ☾Maha☽

    They are so adorable Zoe! But i don’t really like the butter taste, how can i substitute it for the cream?

  • Zoel

    mmm this looks delicious! hahaha It’s also super festive! thanks for sharing, love you Zoe!

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  • The photos are so amazing! They look so delicious too x


  • They look delicious!! And those gingerbread men sprinkles are the cutest things I’ve ever seen :3
    Jackie||Rockin’ Strawberries

  • Those gingerbread man sprinkles look so adorable Zoe!


  • Lorna
  • Sabahat Kazmi

    Yummy definitely going to make these 🍰❤️😄

  • They look delicious ! I’m trying, for sure , even though I’m not that good at baking haha
    PS. Loving your vlogmas, the intro is amazing

    Kisses x

  • Oh the cuteness!!! I love the lil gingerbread men sprinkles!!! =) They must taste delicious!!

  • Kati

    They look so cute and yummy! You are the best! <3


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  • Lauren B

    These almost look too cute to eat!


  • They all look so good! especially the little gingerbread men sprinkles!

  • Jen

    I must try out this recipe soon, the rose gold cupcake cases are to die for!

  • These look really cute, I love your little gingerbread man sprinkles! Where are they from? i’d really like some for decorating my cupcakes x

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  • These look sooooo yummy! I haven’t had gingerbread in ages, we usually bake molasses! Just going to put this recipe in the save folder :) So glad you shared! xx Kenzie

  • Madalena Miranda Pereira

    Hello Zoe, I love the recipe and i really want to makeit !!!! But I have an important question: can I substitute the black treacle for another ingredient? If so, which one?

  • Rebecca Fletcher

    I love the copper paper cases you used Zoe. I’m going to make these cupcakes for our boxing day party, they look yummy! :) x


  • These look delicious! X


  • Aimee Budge

    I’m honestly going to gain so much weight this Christmas from all these delicious sweet treats. omg.

    But you know what? I’m okay with that! A little chub never hurt nobody. Haha


  • Julia Walker

    wow zoe you always manage to make everything look soooo delicious! Definitely going to try these out very soon!

  • lucy prosser

    These are so cute!! I love the decorations too :) So professional looking. Really want some rosegold cases now… Thanks for sharing!

    Lucy xoxo


  • Kayla

    Oh my lordddd! Yummmmy!

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  • Love these, I have been looking for lil ginger bread man sprinkles everywhere! no such luck, might just make some cookies myself !


  • felisha

    So beautifully styled!


  • Jacob

    These again look absolutely amazing wow!
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  • Joycebox

    These looks so delicious! The little gingerbread sprinkles are too cute

  • i am so going to make these and yours look lovely:) xx

  • They look so good I can’t wait to give them a go xx

  • Lou’s Corner

    They’re looking awesome! I definitly wanna try it !

  • Lola Birch

    These look so cute! I can’t wait to make them! x

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  • These look amazing Zoe! As usual! I really want to make these now! Not such a great feeling at 9pm haha! I will be trying these though! It looks like a really nice recipe and yours have come out really nice! xx


  • Grace

    Saw this on your channel and I knew I have to create this! Gingerbread is a must, especially during the holidays :) Thanks for sharing Zoe!!

  • Jac Morrison

    I need to try this!

  • Definitely will be trying these out for my Christmas party!!

  • The cupcakes look so GOOD! Ah May Zing photos Zoe xx


  • Oh my goodness if these don’t look delicious! I LOVE those sprinkles they are so stinking cute!! And of course I love the copper cupcake paper:)

    Shannon Sage

    • Pareen

      I agree! The sprinkles are so adorable! Her cupcakes look so delicious :)


  • Hmmmm I’m gonna try them at home!

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  • Sophie Snowdenxx

    They looks so cute and adorable but they look delicious might try and make some this week end

  • These are the cutest cupcakes I’ve ever seen! I usually make some each Christmas, although this year I’ve decided to go for cookies instead – you’re making me want to bake some nonetheless! Love the litte stars, and I’m sure they taste really good :)

    Julia x
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  • A bird house of a blog

    Lovely post, they look simply divine love the little gingerbread men on the top, keep up the good work darling xxx


  • Cindy

    Never really been a fan of gingerbread flavoured things but these look cute and delicious!


  • Madalena Dantas

    Definitely I’m going to try this out (: they seem just delicious! And the little gingerbread man… Way too cute to handle!!
    Have an amazing day,


  • These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them when I break up from school.


  • Mmm I’ve used this recipe before, they look so adorable and so yummy! I love anything gingerbread at this time of year! I’m even drinking gingerbread green tea!

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  • Siobhan

    They sound yummy!! I am so going to make these :)


  • Tris Marlow

    So excited, I am making these tomorrow and hope they turn out half as good as yours. I have been waiting for this blog post

  • SavBanav

    These look so delightfully delicious and cute!! Yum- I love gingerbread during the holiday season.

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    Savannah xx

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  • AnibaeAsh

    These look amazing! And I am not even a fan of gingerbread :O

  • They look so good Zoe! Can’t wait to give them a go x


  • Sarah Murgatroyd

    Absolutely loved these, and the video, definitely need to get baking now!!



  • Savannah Jolie

    Zoe, I can’t wait to try this recipe! :D

    Also, I don’t know if you ever done a post like this before, but I would really love it if you could do a post of photography tips as your photos are so beautiful! :)

  • Aburstofbeauty

    These look delightful! :)

  • Maddie

    I’m posting everyday up until Christmas!
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  • Yum! These look delicious…I love the gingerbread men sprinkles! Seems like an easy recipe to follow…I might have to try it soon!

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  • Those are so cute!! Love the sprinkles!

  • These look so delicious!!!1 i don’t actually think I’ve ever tried gingerbread cupcakes.



  • Georgia May Know

    I love gingerbread! I just made some gingerbread cookies and now I want to make these!!!
    I actually love your blog so much! 💜💜💜

  • Brynn King

    These sound super yummy !!!


  • Cindy

    Never been a fan of gingerbread flavoured things but you’ve managed to make these look so cute and delicious!


  • Risa Berry

    Loved the video Zoe expecially the shots of your little helper hehe

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  • Toni

    They look lovely and so delicious! I love everything gingerbread related so I’m definitely gonna make them this weekend!


  • Rachel Liwanag

    Those cupcakes look so delicious!


  • Mrs Sparkle

    They look great! I love to make cupcakes & I will definitely will try them!

    Laura from http://www.mrssparkle.de

  • Lou

    These look so good, I bet they taste amazing.


  • The little gingerbread men really make these cakes! I don’t want 24 days of Zoella to end!! <3

    Gisforgingers xx

  • These look adorable!! Everything you bake always looks so amazing x


  • The little gingerbread men decorations are adorable!!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • How festive! Thank you, I’ve pinned x


  • Natalie Ann

    These look so yummy!


  • nora kaarina

    These look so delicious!! <3 Beautiful pictures too :)


  • Jess

    These look absolutely gorgeous! Absolutely in love with those copper cupcake cases and gingerbread sprinkles! I absolutely love that piping tip, I mostly use a large round one or a 1M open star tip, I’ll definitely have to get my hands on that tip! They look so delicious!! xx


  • Imogene Creati

    Is it 240 butter or 440….YouTube video says 440….this says 240

  • Jordyn Elle

    These look divine! I will definitely have to save this recipe!


  • Aw these look so friggin cute. I actually already have the little gingerbread sprinkles, can’t wait to use them! xo

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  • Jenny

    love you xx

  • Amandeep

    Hi Zoe, WOW!!!! These look so awesome and I can’t wait to make them * goes to kitchen to ask mum if she could make them…. *

  • Jade Mackenzie

    Is there anything I can use instead of black treacle as I don’t have any?

    • I think golden syrup (or even honey) would also work :) x

  • michelle jane

    Made these and they are delicious!!

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  • Ellis

    Hi Zoe! I was already hoping you would put this on you blog, but I also really liked the video :) The pictures look beautiful and I caný wait to try this recipe out!


  • I have so many ideas of festive things to bake at the moment, this is now at the top of the list!

  • lilly

    omg i need to make these!!!!

  • Alona Bronstein

    They look absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to make them :)

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  • Zoe’s pictures just somehow always look so pretty! I think i’m gonna bake those cupcakes, so inspiring😍

  • Zoe’s pictures just somehow always look so inspiring! I’m gonna make those cupcakes for sure! x

  • These look so cute! I can’t wait to try these myself! I absolutely love how the sprinkles are like mini gingerbread men. I can’t believe how many ingredients there are!


    • Saiema

      Sooooooooo true! I soo agree with you Emelia!! Those mini gingerbread men are soo cute!!! 🎅

  • These are absolutely amazing, I would love to have a go at them! Gingerbread is just about my favourite thing at christmas time!

    If anyone wants to check out my blog I would be grateful for it?
    thank you xox

  • Erin

    These look amazing. Can’t wait to make these! Your decorating skills are super good as well.


  • Karolina Ežerskytė
  • Brooklyn

    Yum these look delicious. I would love to try baking these.
    I just wish I had a bigger kitchen

  • Your baking skill is on point Zoe!! And those little sprinkles and coppery decorations work so well together xx

  • Imogene Creati

    How much butter??? Video she said 440 but in this blog she said 240….Please help

  • Emma McQueen

    The little gingerbread men on the top of those cupcakes are just the cutest!! I can’t wait to make these, they are so adorable :) xx


  • These sound amazing and I love the little decorations! A few months back I made something similar to these and they tasted amazing :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  • Anotherfreakyblog

    How can you make everything look so beautiful!


  • Zoë

    They look amazing!✨

  • Rubi G

    Absolutely LOVE the sprinkles but I can’t seem to get them… Anyone know of any places I can get some of the little gingerbread men sprinkles??

  • Imaan Shamsi

    They look yummy and the sprinkles are adorable! Love your blog Zoe xxx
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  • Oh my gosh these look so perfect! The swirls look like those on Mr Whippys! Love those sprinkles, haven’t seen any like them yet but I want to find them!!

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  • Rachelbellebeauty

    I’ve loved your blog for ages and I just recently started a one by myself so if you wouldn’t mind, could you check it? Thank you xx


  • cozette

    Hi Zoe! I love you so much and I’ve been following you since I was a freshman in high school. Now I am a freshman in college and you still inspire me daily. I was wondering if you had any tips for people who want to start a blog that’s not tumblr. Thank you for everything you do, cozette:)

  • Noortje Wijckmans

    These look crazy delicious! Gonna bake them on Christmas eve with my mom :) Love from the Netherlands http://www.project-nw.com/

  • Mollie

    This is such a good recipe! Mine turned out great (except the fact that I made the icing too runny) but such an amazing festive treat.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Tenchi Tran

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try this out!


  • Ayre

    you are the cupcake queen in my book :)

    Arianne | Ayre

  • Zoefanforever!

    I love Zoe so much the only thing she forgot to do was halve the milk amount, as you would have watched in her video she had double the amount of butter than what was written in this blog post. As I said the milk must have been forgotten and left as the amount of milk suited to the recipe she gave in her 24 days of zoella video. This is why the icing comes out runny. I just though I might help out Zoe seeing as though she is a very successful, busy young woman and wouldn’t want her viewers icing to be runny, haha.

    Love you Zoe, xx

    And if your reading this Zoe, I love the 24 days of zoella and the vlogs, they “brighten my dayes” hahaha.

  • They look so amazing!!


  • summaya

    wooow, this looks so tasty!!

  • I love your photos, they always add so much to your blog posts. This seems like such a delicious recipe, I’ll have to try it sometime!

    Jess x

  • I’m making these tomorrow!

  • Vilma Suviyö¹³

    They look so beautiful! Love it!

  • Poppy

    I cant wait to make these!! They look delicious!

  • Hannah Phillips

    Definitely going to try these, they look yum! For any of you foodie bloggers out there I just posted a christmas cupcake recipe for you to check out…



  • Alina kilcullen

    They look so good can’t wait to make them!! :) p.s: do more christmas videos with alfie

  • Loody Nagy

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    Have a great day.

  • Rramita skandakumar

    So yum!!!!


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  • From Girl C

    I’m not a big gingerbread fan, but I know some people that would love these cupcakes. They look so adorable. I will make them asap!

    girl C

  • D.xateq13

    they look so cute and tasty!:)

  • They look so yummy so delicious you are so amazing at baking I wish I was as good as you at baking and I wish I was as amazing at beauty and make up like you.

  • DaniCattt

    I’d really appreciate if someone checked out my blog and gave me some tips on how to make it better!
    I’ll follow and comment back on yours, I just would really like some help since I’m just getting started. I drew my own logo and took the pictures myself if anyone is wondering :)


  • Jenny M

    I love all the photos that go with your recipes. Everything looks so warm,delicious and festive. I’m sure the the sure the snow falling over the page has something to do with that :P xx


  • Bella

    These look UH-mazing Zoe! I´m in love with the sprinkles and the muffins tins…


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  • Amy R

    i so want to try and make these but i’m so bad at baking omg


  • Monday Dairy

    Baking these today! Thank you for inspiration


  • beth

    they are festive ,spicy and delicious i added the dairy mil chocolate trees on the top of them and they were yummy my only problem was my icing split and i also added cinnamon in the icing :)

  • Midnight Mi

    These look delicious! I can’t wait to make them… :)


  • Ciara

    I am so going to make these!

  • georgia

    YUMM!! I really want to try making these! I made your Halloween pumpkin spiced ones and they were AMAZING!! where do you get all these beautiful copper patty cases????

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  • Chloe Louise

    These look incredible! I think I’ll make them while I’m off school


  • DaniXCH

    BTW if you mesure in cups I did the conversion to
    1 1/4 + 2 tablespoons of flour
    about a gram less than 1/3 of butter

  • Eleanor Weyman

    Oh my goodness, these look delicious! Those mini gingerbread men were such a great find too!

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    Nice you are looking cute


  • Really love those- they look so cute :) I think i am a pretty good cook but baking has always been really hard! I think I am just a really crazy and unorganized cook and in baking you need to measure everything so well – thats way it goes wrong every time :) However the recipe looks great and easy so thanks! xo http://whatskatieupto.com

  • Your cupcakes always look so amazing, can’t wait to test these out!


  • Kelsey-Ann Clark

    Even though it isn’t christmas anymore i’m deffo gonna make these, they look so yummy


  • Leja

    omg!They look so cute and perfect ♥

  • Grayson Layshock

    Okay I feel like you’re the only person in the world that would find gingerbread sprinkles. Those are insanely adorable. I might actually go buy some myself….


  • Mirjana Radojevic
  • Adele

    Woahhhhhhh this is amazing!!!

  • Adele

    They look really cute and adorable and look so freaking delicious!!!!!!!!!!! 😍💖💞👍🏻I’m sure they taste like a legend;) Adele xxx

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  • Lucy

    These look so GOOD! I love the tiny gingerbread men sprinkles and the copper cupcake wrappers! Do these taste super gingerbread-y?

  • Lucie

    I tried these at home and loved them! where did you buy your cupcake cases from??

  • Ruby Abbott
  • Looking through your Blog while listening to Christmas Music in my living room :) Still in a christmassy mood – probably going to watch Vlogmas all over again!!! Those cupcakes look amazing – love it! I am so bad in baking but please check out my blog for some cool and healthy cooking recipe !!! Love your Blog! xoxo Katie from http://whatskatieupto.com

  • Gemma Pryke

    These look amazing, defo going to try them myself 😁 The sprinkles are so cute


  • Lilby

    Hi Zoella love u 😘😘

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  • Kaitlyn Edwards

    Hey Zoe, I really wanted to make these at Christmas but I couldn’t because my mum has a allergy with ginger. It was sad that I couldn’t make them because they looked so nice and fluffy. Thanks Zoe, Kaitlyn.

  • a little gingerbread man.. so cute!! Love it!


  • AutumnGirl

    They look soooooo good!!! Will make a batch at the weekend!!!
    lots of love AutumnGirl XxX

  • Anaya

    Tried them and turned out delicious👌🏻❤️
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  • Gabrielle Dela Pena

    hello Zoe

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  • Shayna Patel

    i just tried these and im in love, gonna start making these more often!


  • These cupcakes look so deliciously cute, it would be hard to eat them but I think we can manage! We especially love those little gingerbread men sprinkles, it just adds a nice touch!

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  • Zoella MegaFan

    I made these on Christmas eve for a party and they tasted like pure Christmas!!

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  • Ahmad

    They look just delicious,
    Thank you for it,


  • it looks soo good

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  • Ivy Green

    Totally going to try this when my friend and I have a Christmas Pamper Sleepover!

  • Rombli

    I really love the buttercream Zoe uses in this recipe(The cupcakes themselves are great too) but whenever I bake I always try to use this recipe! My blog (Where I do a spot of baking too!):http://rombliblog.blogspot.ie/

  • Ella Gregson

    I made these cupcakes this weekend and they were sooo nice!
    lav u zoe x

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  • Amandeep

    Omg these look so cute! Where did you get the little gingerbread icing decorations from? they look so cute x

  • Nhi Tuyết
  • 100% trying these sometime. I love everything about them, especially the gorgeous presentation!

  • Megri

    Cupcakes looks so yummy and delicious!!!!

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  • Libby Johnson

    These look absolutely amazing i know it is quite late but i am just watching @alfiedeyes new video when they are talking about this blog being relaunched and wanted to see what it was like befo’re it was relaunched and it is so gorgeous.LOVE IT!!!!!!