This delicious gingerbread cake, shaped like a gingerbread house, is as delicious as it is festive!

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

For years I had wanted to make a gingerbread house during the holidays. I thought it would be the assembly-required kind, but then I stumbled across these Nordicware gingerbread house bundt pans. (You can find the large one HERE and the mini ones HERE.)

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Sidenote: I actually made this gingerbread cake a few years ago for my friends at HomeGoods. However, I wanted this recipe to have a place here on Inspired by Charm.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

Anywho, you know I love my speciality cake pans. Remember how much fun I had with with a skull cake pan for Halloween and the beehive cake pan for Spring? I knew I had to give this Gingerbread House Cake a try for Christmas. So that’s what I did.

I also made this Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cake last year. It’s so cute!

Using a gingerbread cake recipe loaded with seasonal spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, I baked a beautiful Gingerbread House Cake. And because one house looked a little lonely, I  made two smaller houses to create my very own gingerbread village.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

How do you make a Gingerbread Cake?

First, prepare your cake according to the Gingerbread House Cake recipe below. It’s simple to make, but if you prefer, you can use a gingerbread mix.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

Next, generously coat the inside of the bundt pan with baking spray. (This type of spray includes oil and flour.) This is essential for easily removing the cake from the pan.

Then, pour the cake batter in the pan and bake for an hour. Because ovens vary, be sure to test your cake for doneness. To do this, insert a wooden skewer in the center. If the cake is fully baked, the skewer will come out clean.

After the cake has cooled, use a serrated knife to level off the bottom so the gingerbread house sits nicely on your cake stand. Now it’s time to decorate.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

How to Decorate a Gingerbread Cake:

Whip up My Favorite Cream Cheese frosting recipe and add a drop or two of green coloring to it. With a star tip on a piping bag, frost each of the trees. Then lightly sift confectioner’s sugar over the cake. Make sure the sugar catches on the details of the house so it has a snow-covered look

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

To further decorate your village, add sugared cranberries (The directions for making them are here.) and holiday cake decorations, such as mini gingerbread men and candy canes.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

I love how the gingerbread house cake turned out. By itself or as part of a village, this is a holiday table decoration that tastes delicious. When you’re ready, just slice and serve. Although the cake is yummy on its own, I recommend serving it with leftover cream cheese frosting.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

Want more holiday dessert recipes? Try these:

And now for the recipe.

 

Gingerbread House Cake
Servings: 10 people
This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe
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This delicious gingerbread cake, shaped like a gingerbread house, is as delicious as it is festive!
Ingredients
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
For garnish:
  • Cream cheese frosting, sugared cranberries, confectioner's sugar, and holiday cake decorations.
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the inside of the gingerbread cake pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time; then mix in the molasses.
  4. Add half of the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and begin to incorporate them. Then, add the hot brewed coffee. Finally, mix in the other half of the dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a wood skewer inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. Then, invert the pan onto a wire rack. Gently remove the cake from the pan and allow to cool completely.
  6. Once cool, level off the bottom of the cake with a serrated knife. Decorate with cream cheese frosting (tinted green), sugared cranberries, holiday frosting decorations, and a dusting of powdered sugar.
  7. Serve with additional cream cheese frosting, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Notes: This recipe fills one large gingerbread house cake pan.

You can get my recipe for My Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting HERE.

You can get my recipe for Sugared Cranberries HERE.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

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  • Lisa at

    I love those houses! They came out adorable. I bet it would look cute if you used cotton candy to make it look like smoke coming out of the chimney.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      YES!! Such a great idea!!

      xo Michael

      • Iris at

        Except, cotton candy lasts about 10 minutes and then it melts into a soggy mess 😉

  • Amy at

    Wow! This is so cool! I’ve always wanted to make a gingerbread house but it seemed so time consuming. This fits the bill nicely. I think I would sprinkle on some sanding sugar for a little sparkle. Another lovely presentation, Michael. You never fail to impress.

  • Sabrina at

    another great entertaining idea, love it and thank you!

  • Bonnie at

    Michael, Thank you for sharing your great gingerbread house ideas. You’ve made it look doable! I’m looking forward to making this for Christmas this year. I ‘m thinking of also making a chocolate one.

  • Kathy at

    Thank you so much for posting this again Michael . I just purchased my cake pans and can’t wait to make these adorable houses 🙂

  • Alison at

    Hi David – Just checking…3 and 3/4 cups of flour is correct? (Not 2 and 3/4 cups?) Looking forward to trying this recipe; just ordered my pan today. Thanks so much!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – 3 3/4 cups. My recipe is different than the one on the package. 🙂

      xo Michael

      • Alison at

        Thank you for confirming! Take care!

  • Joanne Vorkink at

    Looks divine!!! Any substitution recommendations for the coffee in your recipe? Thanks!

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