Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

A stunning Gingerbread Cake with two thick, moist layers of spiced gingerbread cake and big generous swirls of sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting on top!

If you love this Gingerbread layer cake, make sure and check out my Classic Gingerbread Recipe! Or my famous Gingerdoodle Cookies — a cross between a gingerbread cookie and a snickerdoodle in one!

Gingerbread Cake on a white plate with a fork.

Layered Gingerbread Cake

If you are looking for one of the most impressive Christmas cakes, this Gingerbread Cake is a definite win!

Not only is it an impressive looking cake, but it is also absolutely delicious! We start with two big thick layers of moist Gingerbread Cake that are loaded with spices and molasses.

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Then we whip together some butter and cream cheese into a sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting that’s the perfect pairing with this classic cake.

Gingerbread Cake sliced into pieces with two cups of tea.

The History of Gingerbread

Gingerbread is said to have begun in Greece and was brought to Europe in 992 CE and then over to the Americas with settlers from Europe. It is now widespread around the world and comes in so many different forms: cakes, soft cookies, gingerbread houses, gingerbread men and even gingersnaps (crisp ginger cookies).

The word “ gingerbread” refers to a large category of baked goods, typically flavored with the below ingredients:

  • ginger
  • cloves
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • molasses

It is traditionally sweetened with honey, granulated sugar or brown sugar…or a combination of all three!

Gingerbread ingredients in white bowls.

Gingerbread Cake Ingredients

This gingerbread recipe is sweetened with a combination of granulated sugar, applesauce and molasses.

The molasses and applesauce are also both used, along with butter and oil, to keep the cake extra moist.

To give it that perfectly spiced flavor, we use cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and a pinch of salt. 

While the recipe ingredient list may look intimidating, don’t worry, half of the list is made of spices!

Gingerbread Cake with icing spread on top.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting for Cake

This Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting is one of my favorite frostings I make. It’s smooth, creamy and sweet with the perfect amount of cinnamon and splash of maple syrup to warm it up.

I have used it on many of my big layered cakes and it’s always a big crowd pleaser! You will always find it thickly spread on my Pumpkin Cake!

To prepare this frosting, we cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Beat in the maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon.

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Add the powdered sugar and beat until frosting is smooth and perfectly whipped! Frost it generously on your cake and enjoy licking those beaters. 😉 

A slice of Gingerbread Cake on a white plate.

How to Store Gingerbread Cake

Because of the cream cheese, this cake should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

However, this cake tastes best when it is closer to room temp with just the slightest chill to it.

To achieve this perfect temperature for the best taste and texture, remove this cake from the fridge 30-45 minutes before you are ready to serve. Let the cake sit on the counter and warm up. 

Festive Garnish Ideas for Cake

To re-create the garnishes you see pictured on this Christmas cake, arrange the following on top of the frosted cake:

  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Star Anise
  • Fresh Cranberries

Gingerbread Layer Cake on a cake plate.

This cake is deliciously moist, full of spices and frosted with the most delicious Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting! It is the perfect Christmas dessert recipe that will impress your guests!

Head on over to Dixie Crystals to get the full recipe I developed for them. 

RECIPE: Gingerbread Layer Cake

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13 Responses
  1. Cathy Stratz

    Looks wonderful! Sounds delicious and with just some of your decorating ideas, a lovely holiday addition. Thanks for sharing

  2. George

    Be advised: This is a very strong-tasting cake. Took a while for the taste to leave my mouth. Not so good. It was actually too much for my wife and me.

  3. Sherry

    This recipe absolutely ROCKS! Thank you for all the hard work you put into it. It was really delicious. Perfect recipe to make during quarantine.

  4. Scarlet

    Not only does this sound delish and look delicious, you garnished your gingerbread cake in such a way as to make it a piece of art. So pretty! I can’t wait to make it.

  5. Dorothy Reinhold

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love cream cheese frosting more… you go and add cinnamon! I need a big slice of this cake!

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