A buttery, soft and super moist gingerbread loaf cake topped with a drizzle of luscious cream cheese glaze. This is the ultimate bake of the holiday season!
Perfectly spiced, tender and moist, this Gingerbread loaf is officially the bake of 2021! Hello everyone, it’s been a good while since I’ve been able to share a new recipe. I’m sure I’m not the only one trying to figure out the past couple of years but oh it’s good to be back doing what I love the most.
I’ve been thinking about so many different bakes I want to make and have a ton of recipes to create, perfect and share starting with this beautifully flavoured and textured cake loaf.
Gingerbread is one of my favourite flavours, not only during the Autumn and Winter months, I can truly eat it any time of the year. I wanted to have that staple recipe that I’d be able to make easily whenever the urge arises.
I do have a very popular and personal favourite classic style Gingerbread Cake recipe shared on the blog but this time I wanted something a little different. This recipe is a simple creamed butter and sugar cake loaf but with a twist. Speculaas! For those who are unfamiliar with this, it’s a spice blend that can be found in most stores in Europe. It is commonly made up of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg. There are several brands, each with their own spice mix, but whichever one you’re able to find will work wonders in this recipe.
Tips for Success
- Cream butter and sugars properly until you can see that it has lightened in colour and is not so gritty.
- Molasses: I used an unsulfured molasses but you can use whatever you like. Keep in mind the flavour intensity will vary depending on what you use.
- Spices: Use your favourite spices to boost the flavour of the cake, cinnamon and ginger are required so you can use just these two if preferred. The amounts I recommend below can be increased or decreased according to how you like it.
- Make sure to store cake in an airtight container while it is still warm. I do this with all my bakes. As soon as they’ve had a chance to cool on a wire rack for about 10 – 15 minutes I place into an airtight container to continue cooling completely.
I drizzled a simple 3 ingredient cream cheese glaze but honestly this loaf cake is absolutely perfect without any topping. Just a mug of freshly brewed coffee on the side.
Alternatively, you can do a simple dusting of powdered sugar or maybe some sugared cranberries. For a more festive vibe, add some orange or lemon zest into the glaze.
Either way I hope you enjoy this recipe and please do tag me if you try it! Happy holidays!
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I love gingerbread, especially during the holidays! This loaf looks delicious! 🙂
This cake looks so delicious and aromatic. I had to google Speculaas spice and it sounds like such a complex and intriguing mix. I’ll be looking for it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thank you! If you do find it I’m sure you’ll love it! 🥰