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Ingredients
    Gingerbread Cake
  • 2 1/4 cups (270g) All-purpose Flour, spooned and leveled

  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup (56g) Unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) C&H ® Dark Brown Cane Sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup (118mL) Vegetable oil
  • 3 Large eggs, room temperature 
  • 3/4 cup (177 mL) Milk
  • 3/4 cup (170g) Sour cream

  • Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter

  • 8 oz. Cream cheese
  • 4 cups C&H® Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt

  • Vanilla Meringue
  • 3 Egg whites

  • 3/4 cup C&H® Granulated Sugar Easy Baking Tub
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt

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Instructions
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minute / Yields: 12 servings
Gingerbread Cake

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350° F and grease and flour three 6" pans.

Step 2

Combine flour, salt, baking powder and spices in a bowl and set aside.

Step 3

In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment at full speed, beat the butter and brown sugar for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4

Add in oil & beat for 1-2 minutes, at medium-high speed.

Step 5

Add the eggs, one at time, beating for a minute after each (make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl between each).

Step 6

Mix together milk & sour cream and mix until combined. 

Step 7

Alternate adding the milk and the dry ingredients into the batter, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, beating just until the flour is fully incorporated.

Step 8

 Distribute the batter evenly between the cake pan (about 14 oz per pan) and bake for about 35 minutes, until it releases itself from the edge of the pan or springs back when you press on it

Step 9 

Flip the cakes over onto a tea towel and allow them to cool completely.

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Step 1

Place butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Step 2

Whisk continuously until butter begins to brown, there will be dark speckles throughout & the butter will begin to smell nutty.

Step 3

Remove from heat and pour into a heat resistant bowl. Allow to cool to room temperature, until consistency is 'soft' not 'melted'.

Step 4

Beat butter and cream cheese until pale and fluffy.

Step 5

Add in C&H® Powdered Sugar and beat for 5-10 minutes until fully dissolved and fluffy.

Step 6

Mix in vanilla extract and salt; beat for another few minutes.

Step 7

Distribute evenly between each cake layer; there should be enough for a naked/semi-naked cake.

Vanilla Meringue

Step 1

Place egg whites and C&H® Granulated Sugar Easy Baking Tub in the bowl of stand mixer.

Step 2

Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.

Step 3

Lower to simmer & and place stand mixer bowl over the saucepan, creating a double boiler.

Step 4

Stir occasionally for 5-7 minutes, until sugar is fully dissolved, you don't want to feel any grains of sugar when you touch the egg whites.

Step 5

Remove bowl from heat.

Step 6

Using the whisk attachment, on medium-high speed, beat until soft peaks form.

Step 7

Add in vanilla and salt and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

Step 8

Cover cake with meringue and use a spoon or small spatula to make swirls.

Step 9

Use a kitchen blow torch to toast meringue.

Step 10

Decorate with gingerbread cookies.

Additional Tips
  • Double amount of frosting if you want to frost and decorate the whole cake with the brown butter icing.
  • Store refrigerated but best served at room temperature.
  • Cover sliced parts with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.
  • This recipe is best made in 6″ cake pans.
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Recipe by

Bernice Baran Bakery

@baranbakery

Bernice Baran is the founder and creator behind Baran Bakery. Growing up with a mom as a baker she has always loved to bake, so you can say sugar and butter run through her veins. She started the blog in 2017 as a creative outlet after college and has since grown to learn and appreciate the art of entertaining and food photography. She focuses mainly on sweets and baked goods with a little dash of life and something savory. On the blog, you'll find both different and decadent desserts and common comfort foods.