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Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting tastes even better at home! Moist, delicious with a thick, creamy frosting!

STARBUCK’S GINGERBREAD LOAF WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Apparently I am all about them copycat Starbucks loaf recipes lately. I shared a recipe recently for the STARBUCK’S LEMON LOAF and I promised I would share the recipe for their gingerbread loaf. This one took a little longer to get on the blog than I initially had planned on. The truth is, I wasn’t real crazy with my first attempt. It wasn’t as moist as I had wanted. And I made WAY too much frosting for one loaf – not that I’m complaining 😉

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A GREAT USE FOR APPLE BUTTER

After realizing it needed something to help make it more tender, I went back to the drawing board. It turns out that it really needed some applesauce. Actually, apple butter would be amazing if you have that on hand. It added that additional moistness without adding a bunch of oil. And I scaled back on the frosting just a bit so you don’t have a ton leftover. Again, not a problem from my perspective. 🙂 Side note: if you have fresh nutmeg – use it here. Freshly grated nutmeg has the best flavor but the pre-grated nutmeg will do the job in this.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
for the loaf:
salted butter
sugar
vanilla extract
egg
apple butter (or applesauce)
all-purpose flour
baking soda
ground ginger
ground cinnamon
ground cloves
nutmeg
chopped walnuts

for the frosting:
cream cheese
vanilla extract
powdered sugar

HOW TO MAKE STARBUCK’S GINGERBREAD LOAF:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray (the kind with flour in it – like Baker’s Joy.) Using a stand mixer or an electric mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar until fluffy.

Beat in the vanilla and the egg. Blend in the apple butter (or applesauce.)

Slowly add the flour, baking soda, and spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.)

When everything is mixed, pour the batter into your loaf pan. Bake for about 55 minutes until it is risen and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely on a rack before frosting. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese with the vanilla and then add 1 ½ cups of the powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Add a little more sugar if it’s not as thick as you like.

Spread a thick layer of the frosting over the gingerbread cake. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Then dig in!

Enjoy!

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STARBUCK’S GINGERBREAD LOAF WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting tastes even better at home! Moist, delicious with a thick, creamy frosting!

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbuck’s Gingerbread Loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook

Ingredients

For the loaf:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup applesauce, or apple butter
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • chopped walnuts, for topping (optional)

For the frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese (½ block), room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

For the loaf:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray (the kind with flour in it – like Baker’s Joy.)
  • Using a stand mixer or an electric mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar until fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and the egg. Blend in the applesauce.
  • Slowly add the flour, baking soda and spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.) When everything is mixed, pour the batter into your loaf pan.
  • Bake for about 55 minutes until it is risen and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely on a rack before frosting.

For the frosting:

  • Beat the cream cheese with the vanilla and then add 1 ½ cups of the powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Add a little more sugar if it’s not as thick as you like.
  • Spread a thick layer of the frosting over the gingerbread cake. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Then dig in!

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Nutrition

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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