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gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting

Recipe by
Beth Pierce
Old Monroe, MO

This classic Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect holiday dessert. It will remind you the time-honored gingerbread cake that grandma made. This delectable cake is bursting with flavor from molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Elegant enough for your holiday meal yet simple enough for your office potluck.

yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 25 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting

  • 2 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground nutemg
  • 3/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 1/2 c
    butter softened
  • 1
    large egg
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
    hot water
  • 1
    box (8 ounces) cream cheese softened
  • 6 Tbsp
    softened unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 c
    powdered sugar

How To Make gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 8×11 inch baking dish
  • 2
    In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg; set aside.
  • 3
    Using mixer cream brown sugar and butter. Stir in egg, molasses and applesauce. Add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture in four intervals; stirring just until combined after each interval. Stir in hot water and mix just until combined. Pour in baking dish.
  • 4
    Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  • 5
    Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Mix in salt and vanilla. Add powdered sugar in 4 intervals mixing well between each interval. Frost cooled cake and store leftovers in refrigerator.