Gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting

Gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting is an easy, quick and fabulous cake, which could became your favorite traditional dessert during Christmas holidays.
The gingerbread cake is fluffy and fragrant with its light texture. It can be enjoyed as it is or covered with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting. It will remind you a snowy landscape: a perfect dessert for your Christmas table!
As the name suggests, the ginger bread cake has a pleasantly spicy dough: it is flavored with the classic combo of cinnamon and ginger powder.
The traditional gingerbread cake recipe requires molasses which, in addition to sweetness, gives the cake a unique and intense aroma; you can choose maple syrup instead of molasses, if you like: they both work beatifully. The gingerbread cake has the scent and the flavor of the Christmas sweets and it will give your home a wonderful Christmas spirit already during baking!

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time20 Minutes
  • Cooking time35 Minutes
  • Cooking methodOven
  • CuisineAmerican

Ingredients

For the gluten-free gingerbread cake version I used 1 1/4 cup of rice flour instead of wheat flour.

For gingerbread cake dough

1/2 cup sugar (100 g)
1/4 cup rice oil (50 g)
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses (or maple syrup – 150 g)
1/2 cup water (warm – 120 ml)
11/4 cup all purpose (AP) flour (200 g; for the gluten-free cake use same amount of rice flour)
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

For cream cheese frosting (optional)

1 cup cream cheese (250 g)
1/2 cup heavy cream (125 g)
1/3 cup icing sugar

Tools

Tools for the dough

2 Bowls
Whips
1 Spatula
1 Cake pan squared, 8×8 inch
Baking papers
1 Saucepan

Tools for cream cheese frosting

2 Bowls
Whips
1 Spatula

How to make gingerbread cake

1. Let’s start with the dough:

Boil 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan until it reaches the boiling point. Shell the egg in a bowl and add sugar. Knead the dough with the electric mixer for about a minute, then add the oil gradually and stir with the whisks.

dding oil to gingerbread cake dough

Gradually add molasses (or maple syrup) to the dough once the oil will be mixed. Keep kneading with whisks, until you have a smooth dough.

Now pour the boiling water in the whisked eggs. This is a tricky step becuse the eggs must not cook; the secret is adding water gradually, as you keep stirring the dough with the electric whips.

adding water in to eggs

In the end you’ll get a liquid and foamy mixture. Set it aside and start mixing flour, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger in another bowl.

Stir them briefly with a spatula, then start adding liquid ingredients. Pour them gradually, first stirring with a spatula and then with the electric mixer (8). In the end you’ll get a smooth and thick mixture.

the gingerbread cake dough is ready

Line a squared tray (8×8 inch) with baking paper. Pour the dough into the tray and smooth the top with the spatula. Bake the gingerbread cake in pre-heated oven to 360° F (180° C) for 35 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely.

gingerbread cake baked

2. How to make cream cheese frosting

While the cake is cooling, start making cream cheese frosting. Pour the heavy cream in a bowl and whip it well. Knead quickly cream cheese with powdered sugar in another bowl, then add whipped cream and stir slowly with a spatula.

Be careful to stir from below upwards, or your mixture will start losing volume and becoming grainy. If you don’t use the cheese frosting immediately, put it in the fridge.

make cream cheese frosting

When the gingerbread cake will be fully cold, frost it with the cream cheese: pour it gradually over the top of the cake and spread it evenly using a spatula. You’ll have enough frosting for 0,5 inch thick layer.

Once finished, you can garnish the cake with cinnamon powder. Serve the gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting at once or as a dessert.

frosted gingerbread cake

Notes

Don’t forget to check out the video recipe as well! Follow me on Youtube!

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How to store gingerbread cake

If you used cream cheese frosting, store the gingerbread cake in the fridge for a couple of days. Otherwise store it in a cake stand at room temperature for up to 4-5 days.

Tips and variations

You can choose sweetened whipped cream instead of cream cheese frosting, if you like.

You can also try honey instead of molasses or maple syrup. In this case I suggest to decrease the amount of sugar.

Translation by Giacomo Meucci

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