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Gingerbread Cake with Chai Buttercream

Gingerbread Cake with Chai Buttercream is a cake with the delicious flavor of molasses and ginger that is topped with the decadent flavor of a chai latte.

Gingerbread cake with Chai buttercream on cake stand with a slice cut and set in front.

When we hear gingerbread we think of gingerbread men or gingerbread houses. Rarely do we think of cake or loaves of bread.

The term “gingerbread” simply means preserved ginger. Gingerbread was not used when referring to desserts. It wasn’t until the 15th century that desserts with ginger and molasses were called gingerbread.

The first gingerbread recipes were hard cookies. Recipes for these cookies were developed during the Middle Ages. The idea of decorating the cookies with gold leaf and in the shape of kings and queens is attributed to Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603). 

Gingerbread houses were introduced in Germany in the 16th century. They were introduced around the same time as the story Hansel and Gretel. No one is sure if the story inspired the houses or if the gingerbread houses inspired the book.

Gingerbread cake with chai buttercream on stand with slice set in front.

I haven’t found any information of when or where gingerbread cake or bread originated, however the first American cookbook contained 3 gingerbread recipes. One of those recipes was for a soft gingerbread loaf.

Gingerbread cake with Chai buttercream with slice cut and set in front.

If you are wanting these same flavors but in cookie form, we’ve got you covered. Gingerbread Men with Chai Buttercream are just as delicious and fun to make. 

Yield: 16 servings

Gingerbread Cake with Chai Buttercream

Gingerbread Cake with Chai Buttercream
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • Chai Buttercream


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray 3 9" cake pans with cooking spray and line bottom with parchment paper. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Whisk together thoroughly. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together water, molasses, and oil. Whisk together. (You'll need to whisk this again just before you add it.) Set aside.
  5. In your mixer bowl, cream butter until smooth.
  6. Add sugar and blend until fluffy. It will be lighter in color.
  7. Add eggs one at a time. Mix together until yolks are blended.
  8. Add flour mixture and wet mixture alternating. Begin with flour and end with flour.
  9. Pour even amounts into the cake pans.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cake tester comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool completely.
  12. Frost with Chai Buttercream.
  13. Enjoy.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 269mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g

The nutritional information provided here is not guaranteed to be accurate and is provided for informational (and google) purposes only.

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Jacque Obert

Wednesday 21st of February 2024

I wanted to make this cake for Christmas, but we had so many other goodies already that I decided to wait. I just recently made it for a friend as a birthday cake. It is delicious!!! I had whole cardamom pods and ground the seeds fresh for the Chai Buttercream. The fresh cardamom and the tea bag steeped in half and half made the icing delectable. I copied the recipe into my cookbook for future baking. Thanks for sharing this amazing cake! Love it and highly recommend!!


Thursday 22nd of February 2024

I am so glad you enjoyed it. I will have to try whole cardamom pods. I imagine that it tastes amazing.


Monday 9th of December 2019

Wow, this recipe looks amazing! I will have to make it for my sister - she LOVES gingerbread.

Ang P

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

I haven't had gingerbread cake in so loooong! I can't wait to try your recipe :)


Wednesday 4th of December 2019

I hope you enjoy it!


Monday 2nd of December 2019

Looks good can't wait to try it.


Wednesday 4th of December 2019



Monday 2nd of December 2019

Looks yummy. Love gingerbread and chai. I’m going to have to make this!


Wednesday 4th of December 2019

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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