Mmmmmmmm….there’s just nothing better than scratch Gingerbread Cake for the holidays! Now that fall has arrived, my cravings for all things cozy and spiced are in full swing! Are you having those cozy cravings too?
I think you’re going to LOVE today’s scratch recipe for Gingerbread Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting!!
This gingerbread layer cake recipe is amazingly moist, flavorful and delicious. The spiced aroma that will fill your kitchen is almost reason enough to bake the cake! Ahhhhh….
Before we made this recipe, I had always associated gingerbread with cookies or a holiday treat, but not an actual spiced gingerbread layer cake. I didn’t realize what I was missing!
What I love about this dessert is that it incorporates all of the flavors of gingerbread into fluffy cake layers. The Spiced Cream Cheese filling and frosting pair beautifully with the gingerbread cake layers. It’s a match made in heaven.
This is a welcome dessert at my house year-round, but I especially love it for Thanksgiving and Christmas, when our cravings for spiced deliciousness are at their highest! YUM!
We hope that you enjoy this fabulous scratch recipe!
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For the Gingerbread Layers
- 1 1/2 cups (300g) sugar
- 1 1/2 sticks (170g) unsalted butter, slightly softened
- 3 large eggs
- 3 cups (363g) all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon (4g) baking powder
- 1 teaspoon (5g) baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon (3g) salt
- 2 teaspoons (4g) ground ginger
- 3 teaspoons (6g) ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon (1g) nutmeg
- 1 cup (236g) hot water
- 1/3 cup (65g) vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup (160g) molasses
For the Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) (339g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 packages (339 g) cream cheese (no need to soften to room temp)
- 2 teaspoons (4g) cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon (1g) nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger (2g) *sift if clumpy
- 6 to 6 1/2 cups (690g - 748g) more if needed confectioners’ sugar, sifted
For the Cake Layers:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour three 8 inch pans, add a circle of waxed or parchment paper to the bottom of each pan.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk at least 30 seconds. Set aside.
- In another bowl, add the hot water, oil and molasses. Stir and set aside.
- Do not mix the ingredients above medium speed.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and mix 4 to 5 minutes until lightened in color and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time mixing just until the yolk is blended in.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the wet ingredients. Begin and end with the flour mixture (3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of wet ingredients). Mix until just blended in, scraping the bowl a couple of times. Do not over mix. Divide evenly between your three 8 inch pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 22 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached.
For the Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Using your mixer beat the butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add the and spices. With the mixer on low speed gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until it is a good piping consistency.