A moist spiced gingerbread cake topped with orange buttercream!

Awesome gingerbread cake with orange buttercream

I grew up in a house where there was always a loaf of gingerbread cake in the bread bin. Close beside it would be a lump of butter, kept at room temperature which was great for spreading on the gingerbread. I certainly took my moms baking for granted.

Those days are gone now. I don’t have a bread bin and my butter is kept in the fridge which causes me great distress when I need to spread some on my toast (kidding). After growing up with room temperature butter I seem to be doing okay. Does anyone else keep their butter on the counter? Eggs have a similar issue. Most Europeans are able to keep their eggs at room temperature. This is because the eggs haven’t been put through a vicious wash cycle, like they are in the U.S. which scrubs away an important protective part of the shell.

Yummy gingerbread cake

My gingerbread cake mood swing came from the slices of Starbucks iced gingerbread loaf cake. I could have made it in an original loaf pan like they do, but then the icing to cake ratio is all out of whack. You’d think I had better things to think about than stuff like this right? Making it in a cake pan gives you more icing with each bite, I’m a taste everything together guy and I still question my kids when I see them lick the frosting from a cupcake first and then eating the cake. I can always trust my kids to be honest when they look at me with frosting covered noses and tell me I’m the weird one. Whatever little people…

Moist gingerbread cake

What goes with gingerbread cake?

Traditionally where I grew up gingerbread cake is eaten with good salty butter. But this orange flavored buttercream icing is also amazing making this cake a great option for Thanksgiving or Christmas when you have to feed a crowd.

How to store leftover gingerbread cake.

Should there be any leftovers, not sure why but it’s best to keep them in a plastic tupperware dish with a sealed lid. The cake can stay fresh for a couple of days in the fridge but don’t forget to let it come to room teperature before serving or the frosting will still be hard.

Cut this cake into 12 squares and serve along with some really strong coffee.

Gingerbread cake

Check out these other sweet treats perfect for the holidays.

Pumpkin Nutella Bars-

Pumpkin Magic Cake

Creamy Pumpkin Magic Cake topped with a pumpkin spice frosting drizzle. This is a great make-ahead dessert for the holidays!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Butter Bars-

Pumpkin cheesecake bars with a crushed cookie butter cookie base.

This post has been updated with new images and some minor tweaks to the recipe. I substituted the icing to a buttercream icing from a cream cheese frosting

Gingerbread Cake with Orange Icing

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 610kcal
Author: foodnessgracious
A moist gingerbread cake with orange buttercream frosting.
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  • For The Cake:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 5 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks softened
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • For The Icing:
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Zest of one large orange


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 13 x 9 baking tray with parchment paper.
  • in a large bowl combine the flour, ginger and cinnamon and set aside.
  • beat the butter and then add the sugar and molasses to it whisking until smooth.
  • Add the eggs one at a time.
  • Add the dry ingredients gradually to the wet batter scraping down the bowl a few times.
  • Gradually add the milk in small amounts to the rest of the ingredients stirring as you go until the mixture is smooth and lump free.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until the center of the cake springs back up when gently pressed.
  • Place the cream butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until it comes together. Turn the mixer to high and beat for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla, milk and the orange zest and gently mix through. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Let the cake cool before spreading the cream cheese icing evenly over the top of the cake.
  • Slice into even squares and serve.


This cake is best served at room temperature. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for any longer periods of time.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2.5mg