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Gingerbread Layer Cake

Layers of moist gingerbread cake sandwiched between sweet cream cheese frosting, this cake will make a beautiful statement on any table.

You will need three 20cm cake tins to create this cake, however if you don’t have three (or enough room in your oven!) you can bake the cake layers separately, it will just take a little more time to complete the recipe.

Recipe created exclusively for ele by Justina Ramanauskienė


Cake Layers

165 g unsalted butter, at room temperature

200 g brown sugar

160 ml molasses

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 large eggs, at room temperature

350 g all purpose flour

2 1/2 tsp of baking powder

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

½ tsp salt

240 ml milk

Cream Cheese Frosting

400 g cream cheese, at room temperature

150 g butter, cut in small cubes, at room temperature

100 g powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Fresh rosemary and 1 tbsp powdered sugar for cake decoration

To make the cake layers:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare three 20 cm cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom and slightly butter the sides.

2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy and light in colour, about 3 minutes. Add molasses and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until well combined after each.

3. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients.

4. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well combined. Add the milk and mix until well combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until well combined.

5. Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.

6. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove and let it cool completely.

To make the frosting:

1. Add the cream cheese and powdered sugar to a large mixer bowl and beat until well combined.

2. Add butter cube by cube and beat until smooth. Mix in vanilla extract.

To assemble the cake:

1. Use a large serrated knife to remove the domes from the top of the cakes.

2. Place the first layer of cake on a serving plate and spread about 1/3 of frosting evenly onto the cake layer. Add the second layer of cake and another part of frosting. Add the last layer of cake on top and frost the outside of the cake with the remaining frosting

3. Decorate the cake with rosemary sprigs and powdered sugar.

4. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve. Best served at room temperature. Enjoy!

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14 comments on “Gingerbread Layer Cake

  1. I gained 5 pounds just reading this. 😉 But now I’ve gotta make it!

  2. Can golden syrup be substituted for molasses?

    • eatliveescape

      Hi, it definitely can, it will just result in a slightly lighter flavour. Swap the exact amount (160ml). Hope you love the cake!

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  5. A Russian friend of mine makes a similar cake and it’s delicious

  6. Such beautiful food photography!

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