Gingerbread Cake With Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredient For the Cake: – 1 cup (240ml) molasse – 1 cup (212g) white sugar – 1 cup (240ml) vegetable oil – 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk – 2 egg – 2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour – 1 tsp (4g) baking soda – ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) kosher salt – 2 tsp (10ml) ground ginger – 2 tsp (10ml) ground cinnamon – 1 tsp (5ml) ground nutmeg – ¼ tsp (1.25ml) allspice – ¼ tsp (1.25ml) ground clove

For the Frosting: – 24 ounces (680g) whipped cream cheese – 8 ounces (226g) regular cream cheese – 1 cup (120g) powdered sugar – 1 Tbsp (30ml) + 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract – ¾ tsp (3.75ml) ground cinnamon – ½ tsp (2.5ml) ground nutmeg For the Garnish: – Dusting of Powdered Sugar – 7-10 Rosemary sprig – 6-8 whole raw fresh cranberrie

Instruction 1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Spray two 9” (23cm) cake pans with baking spray. Then line each pan with a 9” round of parchment paper.

1. In a large bowl whisk together the wet ingredients and set aside. 2. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, whisking gently in between each addition, until combined.

1. Pour the batter into each pan, and bake for 23-25 or until a toothpick comes out clean. 2. Allow to cool completely.

For the frosting: beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together until smooth. Then add the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until smooth. Transfer half the frosting to a pastry bag with a round tip ½” (1.27cm) in diameter. 

Remove the first cake layer from the pan, and place it on a cooling rack, upside down. Gently remove the parchment paper and transfer the cake with a cake lifter to a cake stand.  

Remove the parchment paper of the second layer and place the second layer on top of the first. Pipe small little mounds of frosting all around the top layer. 

Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to come up to remove temperature. This will create a smoother, lighter texture for the frosting. Then dust the top with powdered sugar for a snowy effect.