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Gingerbread recipe perfect for the holidays. A very easy to make, fluffy, sweet and spiced cake, topped with delicious cream cheese frosting.

Gingerbread Recipe

Gingerbread recipe perfect for the holidays. A very easy to make, fluffy, sweet and spiced cake, topped with delicious cream cheese frosting.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Gingerbread Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 418 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into chunks
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup mild molasses if you are using dark use 1/2 cup
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 large egg

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 package of 8 ounces full fat cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar

Garnish:

  • Gingerbread sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 9-in square pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. I also like to line the pan with parchment paper that overflows on the side, as handles, for easy cake removal.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and ground cloves. Set aside.
  4. Add butter, dark brown sugar, molasses and boiling water to a large bowl. Whisk until butter is fully melted. When the mixture is luke warm at touch, whisk in the egg until fully combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk/fold until just combined and the batter has no lumps.
  6. Transfer batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes, check by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake, it should come out with just a few cooked crumbs, not raw batter, the center of the cake should not be giggly.
  7. Remove pan from oven place it on a rack to cool. You can serve the cake warm, without frosting, or wait for the cake to fully cool and frost.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended.
  2. Add sugar gradually, beating after each addition until blended.
  3. After adding 3 cups, and if the frosting is not as thick as you want, gradually add the 4th cup.
  4. Spread frosting over the top of the gingerbread cake.
  5. Garnish with sprinkles if desired.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 322mg14%
Potassium 459mg13%
Carbohydrates 90g30%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 74g82%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Calcium 106mg11%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.