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Gingerbread Loaf Recipe - Starbucks Copycat

Gingerbread Loaf

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread loaf
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 367kcal
Moist and flavorful gingerbread loaf cake topped with orange cream cheese frosting.
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  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Challenge butter 1 stick, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup natural applesauce no added sugar


  • 4 oz Challenge cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Challenge butter room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour (or line with parchment paper) a 9"x 5" loaf pan.
  • In a medium bowl, add flour, spices, salt and baking soda.  Whisk to combine, then set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth.  Add sugar and blend until fully combined and fluffy.  Add orange zest and blend.
  • Add fresh orange juice and blend.  Add egg and blend.  Add apple sauce and blend.
  • Add flour mixture while slowly mixing.  Stir just until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Pour/scoop batter into prepared pan and bake 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs (but no wet batter).  Cool loaf at least 1 hour before frosting.
  • Prepare frosting by beating the cream cheese with an electric mixer until fully smooth.  Add butter and blend.
  • Add about half of the powdered sugar and blend well.  Add extracts and zest and blend.
  • Add remaining powdered sugar and beat until fully incorporated and frosting is smooth and fluffy.
  • Spread frosting onto cooled cake.



You may have a bit of frosting left over. Enjoy the frosting spread on a graham cracker or nila wafer type cookie for a little snack.


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 509IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg