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This gingerbread cake has a great balance of spice and sweet and can be baked in a 9″ pan or in these cute little gingerbread house molds. 

two small gingerbread house cakes on plate with powdered sugar dusting.

It’s time for another cake slice cake!!  As usual, all four choices look great.  But it is December and there is a gingerbread cake in the mix, so I just had to go that way.  

Other than gingerbread cookies, I really hadn’t make much gingerbread before joining the group last year.  I believe this is now my third version in a little over a year.  

It is amazing how many different version there are and how different the flavor profile of each is.

ingredients near open cookbook opened to page with decorated gingerbread cake.

If you didn’t check out World Class Cakes after last month’s bake, you are really missing out.  The book is gorgeous and filled with the most beautiful cakes and sweets.  

This gingerbread was no exception.  It was baked in a 9″ square pan and had the most beautiful royal icing design on top.

I love doing royal icing on my gingerbread cookies, but I am certainly no artist.  The idea of trying to do something that looked like anything on top of a plain cake was way to daunting for me.

small gingerbread house cakes with powdered sugar snow on roof.

So I broke out some help, in the form of my Nordic Ware Gingerbread House Duet Pan.  The whole recipe didn’t fit in the pan, so if you have the same, you could really get 3 or possibly 4 houses from the recipe.  I decided to just throw the rest in a 9″ round and got a thin cake in addition to the houses.

This recipe does make a nice, mild gingerbread.  My three year old and I made it together and we found it a bit messy to add the warm milk at the end… though that could certainly be blamed on us.  

We tend to be a bit messy when we bake together.  It would certainly be worth making again.

two small gingerbread house cakes on plate with powdered sugar dusting.
looking down on two small gingerbread cakes in the shape of houses.

Gingerbread Cakes

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
This gingerbread cake has a great balance of spice and sweet and can be baked in a 9" pan or in these cute little gingerbread house molds.
4.86 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • cups flour
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⅔ cups whole milk
  • 3 Tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses
  • finely grated zest of a lemon
  • Optional: royal icing lemon buttercream or powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325°F and prepare your cake pan (a 9×9" square pan, 9" round or fun gingerbread molds) with butter and flour or spray with flour in it.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in eggs one at a time.
    ¾ cup butter, ¾ cup granulated sugar, 3 eggs
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger.  Mix the dry ingredients into the creamed butter. 
    2¾ cups flour, 1½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • In a small pan warm the milk slightly and stir in the molasses and corn syrup until dissolved. Beat into the batter with lemon zest. 
    1⅔ cups whole milk, 3 Tablespoons dark corn syrup, 3 Tablespoons molasses, finely grated zest of a lemon
  • Pour into prepared pans and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, the turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Decorate with powdered sugar, royal icing or lemon buttercream. 


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 387mgFiber: 1gSugar: 36g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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