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Gingerbread Cake with Ginger Buttercream

Gingerbread Cake with Ginger Buttercream

Moist gingerbread cake with a ginger buttercream and cute gingerbread men decorations!
Course Dessert
Cuisine European
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 735kcal
Author thebakingexplorer


For the cake

  • 200 g Butter or baking spread
  • 225 g Golden syrup
  • 200 g Light brown sugar
  • 75 g Black treacle
  • 4 Eggs large
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 400 g Self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp Ground ginger
  • 2 tsp Mixed spice

For the buttercream

  • 250 g Butter
  • 500 g Icing sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp Milk

For decoration

  • Gingerbread men sprinkles optional


  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line two 8" cake tins (that are at least 2" deep)
  • Make the sponge by melting the butter, golden syrup, light brown sugar and black treacle together in a pan on a low heat. Once it is all melted and combined, leave to cool for 10 minutes
  • Whisk the eggs and milk together in a large bowl
  • Slowly pour the butter and syrup mixture into the eggs, whisking as you pour, until everything is combined
  • Add the flour and the spices and whisk in
  • Divide the mixture between the tins, use scales for accuracy
  • Bake them for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave them to fully cool either in the tins or remove from the tin and place on cooling racks
  • To make the ginger buttercream mix the butter, ground ginger and icing sugar together. Once it starts to come together add the vanilla extract and milk, and mix until smooth. Use an electric whisk for best results
  • If the cakes have domed on top, level them off with a cake leveller or a serrated knife
  • Put one of the sponges on your plate or cake stand and pipe or spread some of the buttercream onto it
  • Add the other sponge on top and pipe or spread the remaining buttercream on top
  • Decorate with the Gingerbread men decorations and sprinkles if using
  • Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days


Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead


Calories: 735kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 1056IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2mg