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A light pink cranberry gingerbread cake covered in a white chocolate ganache drip and topped with soft pink rbuttercream swirls and a golden brown gingersnap cookie between each swirl.

Cranberry Gingerbread Cake

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  • Author: Katie
  • Total Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 10 Slices 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This gluten-free cranberry gingerbread cake is perfect for the holidays. Four fluffy layers of warm gluten-free gingerbread cake covered in a sweet whipped cranberry buttercream frosting.



Gingerbread Cake

  • ½ cup dairy-free salted butter, room temperature

  • ⅓ cup all-vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ⅓ cup dairy-free yogurt, room temperature

  • 4  egg whites, room temperature

  • 1 egg, large

  • ½ cup fancy molasses

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups Kinnikinnick gluten-free flour, sifted

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground clove

  • ½ cup dairy-free milk, room temperature

Cranberry Buttercream

  • 2 cups dairy-free salted butter, room temperature

  • 6 ¼ cups icing sugar

  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 cup canned cranberry sauce

  • optional: Kinnikinnick Gingersnaps for decor

White Chocolate Ganache Drip

  • ½ cup dairy-free white chocolate

  • 1 ½ tablespoon dairy-free milk


Gingerbread Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare four 6-inch round cake pans with non-stick baking spray and parchment paper.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream butter, oil, and both sugars on high for 2 minutes with the whisk attachment.

  3. Add in the whole egg and egg whites and mix on high for 2 minutes.

  4. Add the molasses, yogurt, and vanilla extract and mix on high for 2 minutes.

  5. Combine all the dry ingredients into the mixer and mix on low.

  6. While the mixer is on low slowly pour in the milk and mix until combined. Be careful to not overmix the batter.

  7. Divide batter between pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.

  8. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then invert on a cooling rack to fully cool.

Cranberry Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter on high speed with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. This should take approximately 5-10 minutes.

  2. Add the icing sugar, cranberry sauce, and salt and mix on low until combined.

  3. Turn the mixer up to high and let mix for 5 minutes until smooth and creamy. Scrape the sides of the bowl when necessary.

White Chocolate Ganache Drip

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl heat the white chocolate and milk in 30-second intervals until fully melted and smooth stirring between each interval.

  2. Depending on the kind of milk, the drip may require a touch more milk to thin or a bit more white chocolate to thicken. *I always test my ganache drips over the edge of the kitchen sink before applying to a cake to check the consistency.

Cake Assembly

  1. Place one leveled layer of gluten-free gingerbread cake on a cake board or plate. Top with approximately 1 cup of cranberry buttercream.

  2. Repeat with the remaining layers and apply a thin coat of buttercream all over the cake. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

  3. Cover the cake with another layer of buttercream and smooth sides using the Wilton Cake Comb. Make sure to clean the comb after each pass.

  4. On a well-chilled cake, with a spoon or a piping bag, drip the warm white chocolate ganache over the edges of the cake and put it back in the refrigerator to chill.

  5. Decorate as you please. I used a Wilton 1M tip and piped buttercream ruffles with a Kinnikinnick gingersnap in between each ruffle. Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 2 Hours
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 1279
  • Sugar: 151 Grams
  • Sodium: 1265 Miligrams
  • Fat: 59 Grams
  • Saturated Fat: 30 Grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 24 Grams
  • Trans Fat: 4 Grams
  • Carbohydrates: 187 Grams
  • Fiber: 2 Grams
  • Protein: 4 Grams
  • Cholesterol: 93 Miligrams