Frosted Gingerbread Spice Cake

A delicious blend of spices that combine into a wonderful gingerbread cake topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting. 

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The holiday season is once again upon us, and with that are all the favorite flavors that just go hand in hand with ‘decking the halls’.  Gingerbread is one of the flavors that is most popular at our house during November and December, from cookies to lattes and even milkshakes we love the flavor in baked goods and beverages.

I found a cake recipe while browsing the internet and knew that I had to give it a whirl this holiday season.  Cream cheese frosting sounded like the perfect compliment to gingerbread and I got to baking.  This cake is an easy recipe to throw in the oven fast. Perfect for times when you get the phone call that visitors are coming over and you start that scramble to figure out what you can serve in a pinch.

Bonus to this cake, your house will smell amazing so the visitors walking in will be welcomed to a gingerbready smell, which is most appealing.  Along with a pot of coffee, you’ll have a wonderful holiday cake that isn’t complicated, just full of flavor.

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Frosted Gingerbread Spice Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 9 servings

Frosted Gingerbread Spice Cake


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1/8 t ground cloves
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Frosting:
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 9x9 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. With electric mixer cream butter and sugar. Add in molasses, egg, and vanilla, blend thoroughly.
  3. Alternate mixing in remaining ingredients and milk, beginning and ending with flour.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Test for doneness and completely cool before frosting.
  5. For frosting: Mix all ingredients with electric mixer. If you'd like a thinner consistency, add in milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Frost cake and refrigerate if not serving immediately.
  6. Optional: Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon if desired (it looks pretty).


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This Frosted Gingerbread Spice Cake is the perfect treat for the holiday season. With the lovely spices of gingerbread and cream cheese frosting, so good.

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  1. Does this gingerbread cake freeze well?


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