Gingerbread Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting
In case you missed it, I wanted to remind you that I was interviewed for a wonderful podcast called “The Dinner Special” It was such a fun experience and solidified my desire to start my own podcast. It also solidified the fact that I talk WAY too fast and really need to work on slowing down a little bit. It’s truly indicative of how my brain functions. You can listen to my full interview on the podcast HERE.
The cake. I dreamed of this cake for a long time before it finally became a reality. Like months and months I dreamed about this cake. I’ve never been much of a cake baker but I love them and want to make a lot more of them. I think it’s the icing that intimidates me most. I’m still not a very good icer (is that a word?) but luckily for me, the rustic cake look is kind of in right now. So, if anyone asks, the cake is chic and rustic (on purpose obviously).
The inspiration for this cake came mutually from my new found LOVE for all things gingerbread spice AND a similar looking cake that I saw in a local bakery last December that gave me the idea for the chocolate trees.
I fully expected the chocolate trees to be more difficult to make but it was really as simple as melting chocolate, putting it in a plastic baggy, and piping it out in the shape of trees before putting it in the fridge to re-harden.
The cake itself is very easy to make. I’m partial to 3 layer cakes so I baked mine in three 6″ cake pans but you can instead use two 8-9″ cake pans. I’ve also gotten better about measuring everything out very precisely so that my layers all come out even.
The frosting is actually a recipe that I got from Martha Stewart. It’s not really a traditional buttercream recipe. It’s kind of thinner and not quite the consistency of regular buttercream. It’s a bit more like a whipped cream frosting, honestly. Some of my frosting absorbed into the cake a tiny bit on some of the layers so if you want very distinct layers, I recommend using a more traditional buttercream recipe for the cake filling.
The cake is actually also an adapted Martha Stewart recipe because I’m no cake expert but I am an expert cake eater. So, kind of the same thing. Right?
This cake is ridiculously delicious and very easy to make in the grand scheme of cakes. I highly recommend it for the holidays!! I’m most likely going to make it again on Christmas day :D