Gingerbread cake is a sweet and spicy holiday treat

Gingerbread just might be the quintessential holiday dessert. Somehow, gingerbread is versatile enough to be created into something as simple as reindeer cookies while at the same time form the foundation for amazing architectural achievements like a gingerbread replica of Downton Abbey.

There is something so traditional and simple about gingerbread, isn’t there?  Whether you love the houses, gingerbread men or other cut-out cookie favorites, most gingerbread recipes are the perfect palette for some fancy royal icing decoration.


Yet, gingerbread is meant for more than just cookies! Its sweet yet spicy flavor lends itself to cakes as well. The secret to a successful gingerbread cake is finding a recipe that produces a tender, moist cake — and this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction looks like it does just that.

Sally’s Moist Gingerbread Snack Cake looks more like a holiday showcase dessert than an ordinary snack. And shouldn’t all holiday treats give off that kind of vibe? Each bite should look and taste like a celebration.

Most of the ingredients for this cake are your typical pantry staples, with a few minor additions you can easily find at your local grocery store. You will need the essentials for any cake, such as flour, sugar, butter, eggs and baking soda to give it a lift.

Now, we get into the special ingredients that will make this a glorious gingerbread cake: cinnamon, cloves, ground ginger and dark molasses — which is really the secret ingredient for a fabulous gingerbread flavor.

You’ll want to check the ingredient list and read the full recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction.

We also loved that Sally added a cream cheese frosting to her gingerbread cake. It’s not a requirement, but she said the “slather of sweet and tangy cream cheese” frosting is “absolute heaven on this not-too-sweet gingerbread spice cake.”

Sounds irresistible! And, who are we to argue with the recipe creator? Add that frosting and you’ll have a dessert decked out with tons of holiday flair!