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Moist Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Moist Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting loads all your favorite holiday flavors into one delicious bread. The festive flavors of ginger, molasses, and spices give this moist loaf an irresistible aroma. Plus a couple of surprise ingredients take this bread over the top!

gingerbread loaf with cream cheese frosting

Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting

We’re not only elbow deep in Chewy Snickerdoodles  and Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, but we’re baking up plenty of this Moist Gingerbread Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting.

This gingerbread is ultra comforting, tender, and generously loaded with all your favorite holiday tastes. It’s not shy on the ginger, molasses, and delicious spices. We’ve even added a couple of surprise ingredients to maximize the season’s flavors.

Not to mention the 200% irresistible four-ingredient cream cheese frosting that takes this gingerbread loaf over the top in yumminess…

Gingerbread Key Ingredients

The dry ingredients for this gingerbread are simple but aplenty. We’ve doubled up on the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves for the ultimate aromatic experience. It’ll smell like you live in The Gingerbread House.

Combine that with beautiful molasses, brown sugar, and maple syrup. We swapped out half the typical amount of molasses and replaced it with secret ingredient maple syrup so the molasses doesn’t overwhelm. You get the best of both worlds: maple and molasses combined. We also opted for coconut oil for tender moistness and added another secret ingredient – warm apple cider.

With all that goodness melding together, you know this gingerbread loaf’s gonna sparkle like she deserves to.

gingerbread loaf with cream cheese frosting

Incredible Cream Cheese Frosting Makes Gingerbread Even Better

But we don’t stop there. We take it a bit further because this lovely gingerbread loaf is getting dressed up.

Make it a gazillion times more irresistible by glazing on this totally easy four-ingredient cream cheese frosting.  We’re so into this luscious frosting, we lather it on pretty much everything we can find for it.

This cream cheese frosting is the bee’s knees and important to this gingerbread situation. You’ll get extra big smiles from your peeps when you provide extra cream cheese frosting on the side to spread onto slices as they eat. I know this from experience

Here’s to all the kitchens buzzing with warm gingerbread loaves this season.


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Gingerbread Loaf

Moist Gingerbread Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This Moist Gingerbread Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting loads all your favorite holiday flavors into one delicious bread. The festive flavors of ginger, molasses, and spices give this moist loaf an irresistible aroma.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amy Dong


Cream Cheese Frosting:


  • Preheat oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Generously grease a deep, nonstick 9" loaf pan. Flour bottom/sides of pan and tap out excess. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, coconut oil, beaten egg, cider, maple syrup, and molasses. Use a hand whisk to combine until fully incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, use hand whisk to gently stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Use rubber spatula to gently fold dry ingredients in small increments at a time, into wet ingredients just until combined and most lumps are gone; do not over stir it (some tiny lumps remaining are fine.)
  • Evenly distribute batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake about 60 minutes or just until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean, with a few crumbs attached. Take care not to overbake. The center may be slightly indented, which is normal. Allow loaf to cool completely before removing and frosting.
  • Meanwhile, make the Cream Cheese Frosting: In a bowl with hand whisk, whisk together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add confectioners' sugar a little at a time, beating until mixture is smooth. Cover and set aside at moderate room temp (or chill) until ready to use. If you chill it, be sure to let it soften enough before using it.


To measure flour, be sure to gently scoop and scrape; this helps to avoid over measuring. I sometimes like to sub with "white whole wheat" flour, as it's milder than whole wheat but still utilizes whole grains.
Warm apple cider helps prevent the melted coconut oil from solidifying while stirring.
No matter how many variations I've baked, gingerbread is notorious for coming out slightly depressed in the center; just use frosting to cover up the imperfections 🙂

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 548IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Method: Bake, Mixing

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    • Bhushavali

    That sounds warm & comforting. I don’t have molasses in my pantry, let me see where I can get it.

    • jossynana

    this looks so yummy, i want to try it so bad.

    • franckxethee

    The gingerbread loaf looks really tasty. I would love the sweet taste of the cream cheese frostings.

    • martin shajan

    This looks so tasty and delicious. i love gingerbread flavor.I Will definitely try it.

    • Sneha Lodha

    I love gingerbread and looks yummy. I will try this tasty and healthy recipe this week.

    • flora_the_sweaterist

    You know the kind of person who always plans to try out some new recipe but hardly ever does? Khmm.. here I am, admitting that I’m guilty of that. BUT if I ever manage to get round to baking/cooking anything, I’ll do this one!! Gingerbread is one of my favourite things to eat around Christmas, and it’s such a shame that I haven’t tried making it yet.

    • Pooja Kawatra Gupta

    This seems easy as everytime i bake a gingerbread or usually cake i go without frosting and my kids really want me to add it.

    • Jess

    This looks so delicious! The recipe seems pretty easy to do too! I may have to try this soon!

    • Ellie Plummer

    That looks so good! I bet it’s popular with your family. I will definitely be trying this one.

    • acheerymind

    This Gingerbread loaf looks so delicious! I am planning a Christmas party with friends tomorrow I am sure they would love that 🙂

    • Karly

    Oh my gosh, you’ve really done it. You’ve baked Christmas into one single loaf. This looks SO good, cannot wait to try!

    • Quirky Homemaker (@QuirkyHomemaker)

    That gingerbread loaf sounds amazing, especially the cream cheese frosting!

    • Indu

    Your ginger loaf bread is sumptuous and loaded with nutrition. Will check your recipe to try but nor sure how I fare in my attempt.

    • roadtowajnblom

    THIS!! Saving this recipe, I can’t wait to make this. I’m sure it is going to be delicious!

    • brigettedanielle

    I am not a fan of gingerbread or really anything with ginger in it to be honest. But your recipes always sound so delicious and look just as tasty!

    • helene dsouza

    Wow this looks so scrumptious and lovely
    Thanks for such a lovely recipe

    • kylie cre8tone

    This looks so tempting.. I feels so hungry now.. Yummy and delicious!

    • Stephanie ReadsWell

    I like everything with cream cheese frosting. This gingerbread must be yummy.

    • Nadene

    This looks delicious. i love all things gingerbread flavoured.

    • Stacy

    That recipe sound delicious!

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