GINGERBREAD LOAF

PREP TIME | COOK TIME | TOTAL TIME
45 mins | 1 hour
Serves: 8
Ultra moist, perfectly spiced holiday gingerbread loaf with rich cream cheese frosting!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

frosting

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-6 tablespoons milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×5 inch bread pan with nonstick foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, salt, and baking soda. In a large bowl cream together butter, sugar, and applesauce.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until blended. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.
  4. For the frosting, in a medium bowl cream together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth and spreadable. Spread over cooled gingerbread loaf. Allow to set up for 1 hour (or if you can’t wait you can serve it immediately, but I like it best when the frosting has a chance to set up a bit!). Store in airtight container.