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Gingerbread Cake with Maple Bourbon Frosting

A fun and festive gingerbread flavored cake that's topped with silky maple bourbon frosting.


for the cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup milk

for the frosting

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray three 8 inch cake pans with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
  • In one bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl with a handheld electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Next, add the sugars and mix until combined and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well.
  • Then add half of the molasses, milk, and flour mixture. Mix on low speed until just combined. Repeat with the second half of the molasses, milk, and flour. Mix well.
  • Divide the batter among the prepared pans and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean and the edges have slightly pulled away from the pan. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then let them cool completely on a wire rack.


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Add bourbon, maple extract, and half of the powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until just combined, then medium speed until completely combined. Repeat with the second half of the powdered sugar. If the frosting is too thick, add another tablespoon of bourbon.


  • After frosting the cake layers, I topped my cake with some whipped cream, sprinkles, and little gingerbread men. You can do this or your own thing! Homemade whipped cream will work the best, and I believe my little cookie cutter came in a set of three from Hobby Lobby.


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