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Gingerbread Layer Cake


This Gingerbread Cake is perfect for the holidays! A moist and delicious ginger cake with a tangy cream cheese frosting.

 Ingredients
 
Gingerbread Cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar (lightly packed)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1/2 cup molasses
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk (room temperature)

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
6 oz cream cheese (full fat, room temperature)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla


Instructions
    Gingerbread Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease and flour three 6" cake rounds, line with parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add sugars and beat on med-high until pale and fluffy (2-3mins).
  4. Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time, fully incorporating after each addition. Add molasses and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  5. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour (3 additions of flour and 2 of milk). Fully incorporating after each addition. Do not overmix.
  6. Spread batter evenly into prepared pans. Smooth the tops with a spatula.
  7. Bake for approx. 25-30mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
  8. Place cakes on wire rack to cool for 10mins then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Cream Cheese Frosting:
  10. Beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy (2 mins). Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add vanilla and beat until fluffy (3 mins).
  11. Assembly:
  12. Place one layer of cake on a cake stand or serving plate. Top with 2/3 cup of frosting. Repeat with remaining layers and apply a thin coat of frosting all over the cake to crumb coat. Chill for 20mins. Frost the cake with a rustic pattern using the remaining buttercream.
  13. Top with gingerbread and sprigs of rosemary if desired.

    Source>>Gingerbread Layer Cake@livforcake

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