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Gingerbread Spice Cake

This festive whole wheat spice cake is covered in a light layer of mascarpone cream cheese frosting and topped with sugared cranberries and rosemary "trees"!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time25 mins
Author: Rachel Alexandra


  • cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • tsp nutmeg
  • tsp cardamom
  • ½ cup Irish butter softened
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 6 Tbsp boiling water
  • 1 tsp chai tea extract
  • ¼ cup unsulfured molasses
  • ½ cup Organic Valley buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two eight-inch cakes pans with parchment paper and grease the sides with butter.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom. Set aside.
  • Whisk the flax seed and boiling water in a small bowl and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter for 30 seconds. Then add the maple syrup and beat until the butter is well mixed into the syrup. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all the butter is getting mixed in.
  • With the mixer on low, add half of the flax mixture. When it is incorporated, add the remaining flax along with the chai tea extract and molasses.
  • Remove bowl from mixer and gently whisk in ⅓ of the dry ingredients, followed by ⅓ of the buttermilk. Alternate between adding the dry ingredients and the milk until it has all been added.
  • Evenly distribute the cake batter between the pans and bake for 20-25 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean when it is ready.
  • Place the pans on cooling racks and let cool for about ten minutes before removing the cakes from the pans. Wait until the cakes are completely cool before decorating.


Cake recipe adapted from Blue Bowl. For frosting and decorating ideas, check out the original post here!
This cake also makes great cupcakes! Line a muffin tin with parchment wrappers and fill each well no more than 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
If you don't have buttermilk, use 1/2 cup of regular milk with about 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar added.
Cinnamon or vanilla extracts can be used in place of chai tea.
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