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Christmas Wreath Gingerbread Cake

Christmas Wreath Gingerbread Cake

Mandy Merriman from "Baking with Blondie," makes a Christmas wreath gingerbread cake.
Ingredients for Gingerbread Cake
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2/3 Cup sour cream
  • 2/3 Cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ Cup Flour
  • 1 box spice cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
Ingredients for Almond Spiced Cream Cheese Buttercream
  • 2 sticks (1 lb) unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1 block (8oz) cream cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 Cup heavy cream
  • 6-7 Cups sifted powdered sugar
Ingredients for White Chocolate Ganache Drip
  • 1 Cup chocolate chips or chocolate candy melts
  • 1/4 Cup heavy cream


Directions:


GINGERBREAD CAKE
Makes 3x 6” rounds, 2x 8” rounds, or 24 cupcakes


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prep cake rounds with a wipe of shortening and dust of flour. Set aside.


2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, sour cream, buttermilk, vegetable oil, molasses ginger, and cloves. Sift in the flour and cake mix. Whisk until just combined, don’t overmix. Split cake batter evenly between prepared cake rounds.


3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until center is fully baked. Do not overbake. Remove rounds from the oven, let cool in the pan for less than 5 minutes, then flip upside down onto wire rack to cool to room temperature. Wrap and chill/freeze before frosting.


ALMOND SPICED CREAM CHEESE BUTTERCREAM
Makes 5 cups


1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip up the butter and cream cheese on high until light and fluffy.


2. Add in vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and heavy cream.


3. Slowly add in the powdered sugar with the mixer on low speed about ½ cup at a time.


4. Add in more heavy cream or more powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency.


WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE DRIP
1. In a medium glass bowl, microwave the caramel and heavy cream for a minute.


2. Stir and add to squeeze bottle for filling.


OTHER:
Cranberries
Green Gel Coloring
Wilton 1M Piping Tip


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