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Gingerbread Layered Cake Recipe

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Are you ready for a new holiday favorite? This Gingerbread Layered Cake Recipe is flavorful, moist, and delicious! Be sure to check out the rest of my 20+ Gingerbread Recipes for even more yummy fun.

Layers of frosting paired with the layers of cake make sure that every single bite is loaded with goodness. It’s one of our favorite cake recipes for the holidays.

Just look at this beauty! It’s not often that you can see that many layers combine perfectly to create an epic bite.

And don’t stress. It’s really a simple cake recipe to make. Follow the simple instructions on the printable recipe card below – and you’re set!

Gingerbread Layered Cake Recipe

The layers of this cake really set it apart. When you create a homemade cake that looks this good, you might have found the best dessert on the holiday table!

Since there are a few simple steps to this easy cake recipe, I always like to have the family join the baking fun. This is a great way to bond in the kitchen while getting some help!

The boys are great at jumping in and helping with measuring and watching the baking time. The more eyes and hands in the kitchen, the better!

What is the difference between a spice cake and a gingerbread cake?

Spice and gingerbread cakes have a few key differences in ingredients and texture.

Generally speaking, gingerbread cakes are denser due to the inclusion of a greater amount of molasses and other spices like cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.

In contrast, spice cakes call for more allspice, vanilla extract, baking powder or baking soda for leavening, and butter for moisture. Spice cakes tend to be lighter in texture due to these ingredients.

Additionally, decorating gingerbread cakes typically includes intricate designs with royal icing or thicker frostings than those used for spice cakes.

Depending on the recipe and variation used, these differences are present in the flavor and texture of each cake type.

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Make it a Meal:

Meal planning is my best friend in the kitchen! Seriously – it’s fast and so simple and keeps me on track for the week.

The family appreciates knowing what to expect for dinner as well, which means they don’t have to ask me and wait for an answer.

Here is a simple sample of how fast and easy it can be to start meal planning:

Main Dish: Ham Salad Sandwich

Vegetable Side: Pan Fried Potatoes and Carrots Recipe

Starch Side: Simple Bread Machine Everything Pretzels

Refreshing Drink: Eggless Eggnog Recipe

Best Cake Recipes:

Once you make this Layered Gingerbread Cake Recipe, keep going with that cake craving! I love a good cake – and I love how they all taste differently.

Here are some of my favorite cake recipes I think you’ll enjoy just as much as I do! You can never go wrong with cake.

This easy Egg Nog Cake Recipe is great for the holidays! Perfect for a family meal.

Having a slice of two of this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is one of my favorite fall treats.

Jello Poke Cake is a delicious cake that is so simple to make!

This Custard Cake is going to be one that you’ll be making again very soon!

Just wait until you try this Apple Fritter Cake! You’re going to be hooked!

Regarding cake recipes, this Festive and Delicious Peppermint Roll Cake is one of my favorites!

I love making this Cranberry Pecan Pound Cake Recipe to share with family and friends.

Keep this Easter Coffee Cake Recipe for your next Easter holiday!

How do I keep the cake from hardening once it’s baked?

Once your cake is done baking, one of the key ways to prevent it from hardening is to ensure proper storage.

To do this, your cake should be sealed in an airtight container and stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. It is best to wait until the cake has cooled completely before sealing it and storing it.

Additionally, cakes tend to start hardening after several days due to stale air, so storing them in containers with airtight lids is a MUST for keeping the cake fresher for longer.

Using a serrated knife instead of a regular knife or spoon will help keep the texture intact as you slice into it when you’re ready to enjoy it.

More Gingerbread Recipes:

Gingerbread Layered Cake Recipe

Gingerbread Layered Cake Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This layered Gingerbread cake is a simple and beautiful cake recipe for the holidays. The added sweetness of the frosting paired with the gingerbread flavor is truly one of a kind.


  • 6 tbsp of melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown up sugar
  • 1 cups molasses
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup room temperature buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray the pans with nonstick spray.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the butter, molasses, sugar, eggs, water, and buttermilk. Then add the ginger, cloves, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Whisk to combine.
  4. Divide the cake batter between the pans and put them in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Let the cakes cool for 10 minutes in the pans, and then remove the cakes to finish cooling on a baking rack.
  6. To make the frosting, add the cream cheese to a bowl and mix with a mixer.
  7. Add the powdered sugar and the vanilla and mix well. It should be smooth.
  8. Add the frosting to a piping bag and use a 1A piping tip to pipe a layer of the frosting between each cake layer.
  9. Decorate the top and serve.


If you are using round 8-inch cake pans, double the recipe.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 241mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 41gProtein: 4g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/9/2022

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