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Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Time is ticking and the sleigh bells are ringing! With Christmas just around the corner, we could all use a last-minute dessert recipe. This Gingerbread Sheet Cake Recipe will be a great way to spend time with your family and friends and dig into a delicious dessert.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread sheet cake
Servings: 12
Author: Jill


  • 2 c flour
  • 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ¾ C light brown sugar
  • ¼ C Molasses
  • 1 C unsalted butter
  • 1 C water
  • ½ C buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 - 8 oz cream cheese frosting softened
  • 1 C unsalted buttersoftened
  • 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon plus extra to sprinkle on top


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking pan with pam baking spray
  • Using a large bowl whisk together the flour, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, baking soda, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, kosher salt, and light brown sugar
  • Using a large saucepan, combine the butter, water, and molasses over medium heat until butter is melted
  • Bring the mixture to a slight boil
  • Gradually whisk in the dry ingredients into the saucepan
  • Remove from the stove and allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Whisk in the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla until combined
  • Pour the batter into the baking dish and place onto a cookie sheet
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Allow cooling
  • Using a standing mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, heavy whipping cream, and 1 tbsp ground cinnamon until combined and smooth
  • Spread evenly over the top of the cake and sprinkle some more cinnamon on top
  • Enjoy!