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Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf

Updated June 14, 2018
Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf
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Fill your kitchen with an irresistible aroma when you bake up this lovely recipe for a Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf. You can make this seasonal wonder long after it has stopped being sold at Starbucks, in the comfort of your own kitchen. The mixture of spices used in the recipe, like ginger, cinnamon, and cloves make this easy dessert recipe a guaranteed crowd-pleaser you'll love sharing with your family and friends. The frosting and candied ginger on top of the loaf makes this Starbucks recipe insanely good.

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  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease four mini loaf pans 6x3x2" with cooking spray.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside. In the bowl of a standup mixer with a paddle attachment cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add the apple sauce and sour cream. Add the flour mixture slowly mixing well.

  3. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30 min. or until a cake tester comes out clean.

  4. Cool for 5 minutes and then remove from pan, cool completely on racks.

  5. For the frosting, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until soft and light. Add the vanilla and slowly add 1/2 cup of icing sugar at a time and blend in. Spread the icing on top of the cakes and decorate with the candied ginger.

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In the instructions it says 1/4 tablespoon ground cloves. I think that's a typo. 1/4 tablespoon converts to a little less than 1 teaspoon. Clove is a really powerful spice--Shouldn't it be 1/4 teaspoon? Just sayin'.

Our sincerest apologies...the "1 something" is 1 teaspoon baking soda.

1 of something would be "1 cup of molasses" because when I make other recipes with molasses it is usually creamed in with the sugars & butter.

I think 1 of something is 1 teaspoon of orange extract. When I googled the recipe, I found one almost identical to this one that included that ingredient.

no molasses???? and what is one of something????

i looked at my recipes for this kind of loaf and all I can think of is that it needs molasses. I have no idea what one of something could be otherwise. maybe it was a joke? a poor joke, but one never the less

Can someone please tell me what the 1 of something is? I want to try this recipe

Am I being obtuse, or is anyone else puzzled by the "1 of something" in the list of ingredients?


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