Christmas Gingerbread Cake

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Why make a gingerbread house when you can make this adorable Christmas Gingerbread Cake– especially when cookie-butter butter cream frosting is involved. Get creative with the whole family to make the gingerbread men unique!



  1. Grease 3 cakes tins with butter and line with parchment.
  2. Heat oven to 180°C.
  3. Add your milk and treacle to a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring until your treacle has melted. Leave to cool.
  4. In a large jug whisk together your buttermilk, eggs, rum and vanilla.
  5. Sift your flour into a bowl and add the rest go your dry ingredients. Whisk to combine, then create a well in the middle. Pour your wet mixture into the well and whisk until you have a smooth batter.
  6. Pour evenly into your baking tins and bake for 25-30 mins. Leave in their tins for 10 mins, then carefully place on a wire rack to cool.
  7. Decorate your gingerbread men with icing and sweets.
  8. In a heatproof bowl set over a lightly simmering pan, add your eggs, sugar and salt and whisk for a couple of mins until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is frothy.
  9. Remove from the heat and continue to whisk until the mixture is cool and the mixture holds stiff peaks. Add the butter one tablespoon at a time until you have a thick glossy mixture. Add your ginger and biscuit spread and whisk again until your mixture is fully combined.
  10. Ice your cake between the layers and around the outside. Decorate with gingerbread men and serve!