Gingerbread Cake With Stout Buttercream

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

The original version if this cake comes from Southern Living magazine. It all sounds a bit strange, but it's really good if you like that snappy, spicy gingerbread taste. It certainly has disappeared quickly when I've taken it to pot lucks. The beer I use is Sam Adams Cream Stout which can be purchased one bottle at a time at World Market. If you can't find gingerbread cake mix 1 box of yellow and one box of spice cake is also fine. Note-you're going to need a really big mixing bowl for this cake! Optional garnishes: toasted pecans, rosemary sprigs. Cooling time not included in prep or cook times. This cake does NOT travel well in warm weather!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) packages gingerbread cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 34 cups stout beer, at room temperature, divided
  • 12 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (16 ounce) package powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 2 8-inch cake pans.
  2. Stir together gingerbread cake mix, eggs, and 2 1/2 cups stout beer in a large bowl until combined. Pour batter evenly into pans.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool on wire rack 1 hour or until completely cool.
  5. Beat softened butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and remaining 1/4 cup stout beer, beating until blended after each addition. Beat 1 minute or until light and fluffy.
  6. Spread stout buttercream between layers and on top of cake only, not the sides.
  7. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and toasted pecans , if desired.


Most Helpful

Very good cake, just a bit heavy and rich. But worth all the calories.

Happy Cat August 19, 2008

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