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Moist, fluffy gluten-free, vegan cake has been something that I’ve been working on achieving. Taking eggs out has been a challenge, but all you cake connoisseurs, I think you’d be proud of me! Holy jingle bells, this Gingerbread Cake will knock your holiday socks right off! This cake is like gingerbread cookies meets cinnamon cake meets holiday cheer. In other words, it checks all the right boxes.
I had to share this cake with you right away because I am so excited! I’m not necessarily known in my house for my baking skills, but I think I nailed it! Perhaps because Christmas-y treats are so magical and by far my favorite to shoot, cue the extra yuletide joy. This Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting is the perfect cake for all you December birthday-ers (I totally plan on making this again for my son’s birthday Christmas Eve!) or all your holiday party-goers. And as if you need more reasons to love it, it’s super easy to make… promise! Especially with my secret ingredient, LouAna Coconut Oil.
I’m so glad the naked cake look has become so popular too. Not only does it look cute, it’s easier, quicker, and not to mention, I like a little less frosting on my cake anyway. This was actually my first time making a naked cake and I think it’s totally the new fully frosted cake.
So by now you must be wondering what makes this cake so moist, with no eggs and without that little gluten goblin giving the cake that pillowy texture. There’s a couple things I’ve discovered in gluten-free, vegan baking that helps. Almond milk + apple cider vinegar and coconut oil! The acids in the vinegar help activate baking powder and baking soda which enhance the leavening or rising of your baked eats, making it have a more fluffy texture. Who knew?! And coconut oil is a wonderful replacement for butter. In this cake recipe I use LouAna Coconut Oil!
LouAna Coconut Oil has no coconut aroma or taste to distract from your other ingredients, which makes it a great 1:1 alternative for butter in your baking. It’s also non-GMO and non-hydrogenated meaning it hasn’t been chemically changed to be solid at room temperature. Coconut oil makes this cake unbelievably moist!
The “buttercream” frosting has only 5 ingredients with a hint of cinnamon that pairs perfectly with the gingerbread. I made three 6-inch cakes and then layered them to create a triple layer cake with full frosting in between each layer and on top and then light frosting around the sides. If you make this cake and would like to share with me, I love seeing all your re-creations! Be sure to comment below and tag me on Facebook or Instagram. Wishing you a blessed holiday season filled with peace, love, and gingerbread cake!