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Gingerbread Layer Cake – Sugar Spun Run

My Gingerbread Layer Cake is so cozy and festive! It comes collectively in simply over an hour and is topped with sugared cranberries for a shocking end. Recipe features a how-to video!

Slice of gingerbread cake cut from a three layer cake in the background.

The Good Christmas Cake

Should you may take all of the festive, wintery parts of the vacation season and bake them right into a cake, you’d find yourself with this gingerbread layer cake. With its heat, spiced gingerbread cake layers, luscious brown sugar frosting, and glowing sugared cranberry garnish, it is a beautiful vacation dessert!

This cake is a enjoyable and fairly twist on traditional gingerbread. And sure, it’s a real gingerbread cake; we’re utilizing each molasses and gingerbread spices within the batter. It pairs superbly with a brown sugar model of my cream cheese frosting–yum.

That is a straightforward recipe made with a nod to the reverse creaming technique, just like the strategy I used for my yellow cake. You don’t even want a mixer for the batter! You’ll get three layers which might be good for stacking (these are barely much less fluffy/extra dense than my gingerbread cupcakes to maintain them from falling aside in your fork). Scroll right down to take a peek on the inside!

What You Want

Let’s go over a couple of key substances you’ll must make this gingerbread layer cake:

  • Molasses. You can’t have gingerbread cake with out molasses–it’s as important as ginger! Use unsulphered molasses and DO NOT use blackstrap molasses.
  • Spices. Together with ginger (after all!), nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. Cloves and molasses are what actually set the gingerbread taste aside from pumpkin spice and provides this cake a extra wintry, true-gingerbread taste than my spice cake or carrot cake.
  • Bitter cream. Bitter cream is our secret weapon for final moisture, tenderness, and taste. It creates the proper mushy cake crumb. And no, you gained’t be capable of truly style the bitter cream within the closing product! Full-fat, plain greek yogurt would additionally work right here.
  • Sugar. I like to recommend utilizing gentle brown sugar in each the cake and the frosting. Darkish brown could be overpowering and a tad too wealthy.
  • Cream cheese. Use full-fat, brick-style cream cheese in your frosting. Don’t use the low-fat or spreadable form!

SAM’S TIP: A little bit of sizzling water helps to bloom the spices and develop the flavour, and it additionally lightens the crumb of this gingerbread cake. That is similar to blooming cocoa powder!

Bear in mind, that is simply an outline of the substances I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the publish!

Easy methods to Make Gingerbread Cake

Collage of four photos showing cake batter being prepared, poured into pans, and baked.
  1. Whisk collectively the sugar and dry substances till mixed, then stir within the butter and oil.
  2. Add the eggs, vanilla, and bitter cream, then stir within the sizzling water.
  3. Divide the batter between two ready pans and bake for 28 minutes.
  4. Let the muffins cool of their pans for 10-Quarter-hour earlier than inverting onto a cooling rack to chill fully.
Collage of four photos showing icing being prepared, smoothed over cake, and piped.
  1. Cream collectively all substances besides powdered sugar till easy.
  2. Progressively add the powdered sugar till the specified consistency is achieved.
  3. Stage and frost the cake layers, including extra frosting on the layers and a thinner coating on the outside.
  4. Enhance as desired.

SAM’S TIP: Sugared cranberries are a enjoyable, colourful addition for adorning the highest of the this gingerbread layer cake. They might look sophisticated, however they’re truly very simple to make–try my sugared cranberries publish for a how-to video!

Two slices of cake cut from a three layer gingerbread cake.

Continuously Requested Questions

What’s the distinction between gingerbread and gingerbread cake?

At the beginning, gingerbread is often a frosting-less, one-layer cake. It’s a bit denser and darker than this recipe, and it’s ready a bit in another way than this gingerbread layer cake. Gingerbread is often served plain or topped with a dollop of whipped cream or heat lemon curd.

What’s one of the simplest ways to retailer a gingerbread cake?

You’ll wish to retailer your cake in an hermetic container, both within the fridge or at room temperature. At room temperature, your cake will final for sooner or later. Within the fridge, it can preserve for 4-5 days.

Cross section of a three layer cake topped with sugared cranberries and evergreen sprigs.

I do know Christmas baking remains to be a couple of weeks away, however I simply couldn’t resist sharing this one a bit early 😊

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video beneath! Should you do this recipe, make sure you tag me on Instagram, and it’s also possible to discover me on YouTube and Fb

Slice of gingerbread layer cake topped with cream cheese frosting and sugared cranberries.

Gingerbread Layer Cake

This gingerbread layer cake is so cozy and festive! It comes collectively in simply over an hour and is topped with sugared cranberries for a shocking end. Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: Cake, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Prepare dinner Time: 28 minutes

Complete Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Servings: 12 servings

Energy: 712kcal

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  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and grease three 8” spherical cake pans with baking spray and line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper. Put aside.

  • In a big mixing bowl, whisk collectively flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves).

  • Add melted butter and vegetable oil and stir nicely.

  • Stir in molasses.

  • Add eggs, vanilla, and bitter cream and stir till completely mixed.

  • Lastly, stir in sizzling water. Scrape the perimeters and backside of the bowl and guarantee batter is uniform and well-combined.

  • Evenly divide batter into ready pans and switch to heart rack of 350F (175C) oven. Bake for 28 minutes or till facilities are set, cake flippantly springs again to the contact, and a toothpick inserted within the heart of the cake comes out clear or with moist crumbs.

  • Permit muffins to chill of their pan for 10-Quarter-hour earlier than operating a knife across the edge and thoroughly inverting onto a cooling rack to chill fully earlier than frosting.


  • Mix cream cheese, butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt and beat with an electrical mixer till easy and creamy.

  • Progressively add powdered sugar, stirring till fully mixed. If frosting appears too thick, skinny it by including heavy cream or milk and beating briefly on excessive velocity.

  • Stage muffins if wanted and adorn with frosting. I used an Ateco 848 tip to pipe the swirls on prime of the cake seen within the pictures.



Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 24 hours or in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 4-5 days. Cake could also be wrapped tightly and frozen, the place it can preserve for a number of months.

Making in Advance

Cake layers could also be made as much as 2 days prematurely of frosting, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and retailer at room temperature. To arrange cake layers any additional prematurely, they could even be wrapped tightly and frozen till wanted. Frosting could also be ready as much as sooner or later prematurely and saved in an hermetic container within the fridge. It’s going to must be allowed to heat to room temperature and stirred earlier than it is going to be usable for frosting the cake.


This recipe makes sufficient frosting to embellish the cake as proven in pictures (semi-naked ornament and ornamental dollops on the highest).

Sugared Cranberries

See my recipe right here for sugared cranberries if you need to make use of these to prime off your cake – they make a enjoyable and colourful addition!

Authentic Recipe

I initially revealed a recipe for a Gingerbread layer cake with brown sugar & bourbon frosting in 2015. Quite a lot of commenters bumped into points with the unique recipe so I’ve tweaked and revised it to be foolproof within the new model you see revealed right here. 
If you’re searching for the unique recipe, yow will discover the unique right here. Please word that I’m not accepting feedback on the unique recipe.


Serving: 1serving | Energy: 712kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 6g | Fats: 31g | Saturated Fats: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 2g | Monounsaturated Fats: 8g | Trans Fats: 1g | Ldl cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 80g | Vitamin A: 1040IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 3mg

Dietary info is predicated on third-party calculations and needs to be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will range primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.

I initially shared this gingerbread cake recipe in 2015 however it was giving some readers some points. As of November 2022 I’ve up to date the recipe to be as foolproof as doable and have modified the frosting from a bourbon frosting to a brown sugar cream cheese one, which I feel fits the recipe higher.

Three layer gingerbread cake decorated with cream cheese frosting and sugared cranberries.


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