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Gingerbread Cake with Orange & Bourbon Glaze

'Tis the season to be jolly, and for everything gingerbread! We experimented this year and took our favorite flavors from a typical gingerbread cookie, and added it to a cake.

The cake itself is delicious on it's own, but what really takes it to the next level is the orange and bourbon glaze. All of these flavors together make this cake the ultimate Christmas dessert!

This cake would make a great addition to any Christmas Eve or Christmas day meal, and Santa might even want a slice instead of cookies!!



  • 1 Cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 2 Flax eggs (2 Tbsp ground flax + 4 Tbsp water)

  • ⅓ Cup sugar

  • ⅓ Cup maple syrup

  • 3 Tbsp molasses

  • ½ Cup almond milk

  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (half a big lemon)

  • 2 Tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ Cups oat flour(sifted to remove larger pieces)

  • 1 ½ Cups almond flour

  • 2 Tsp baking powder

  • ½ Tsp baking soda

  • 1 ½ Tsp ginger

  • 1 ½ Tsp cinnamon

  • ½ Tsp cloves

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil


  • ½ cup butter soften

  • 5.4 ounces coconut cream (1 small can)

  • 1 container Daiya cream cheese (or plant based plain cream cheese)

  • Juice of 1 large orange

  • Zest of two oranges

  • 3 Cups powdered sugar

  • ⅓ cup bourbon


  • Candied oranges

  • Candied Cranberries

  • Cranberries

  • Rosemary



  1. In a blender, combine applesauce, flax eggs, sugar, maple syrup, molasses, almond milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, and mix to combine.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt, and whisk to combine.

  3. Add the mixture from the blender into the dry ingredients along with the melted coconut oil and mix to combine.

  4. Pour evenly into 9 inch cake rounds.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  6. Allow to cool for 30 minutes in the cake pan, and then allow to cool on a cooling rack until completely cool.

  7. Stack cakes on top of each other and glaze the top. (alternatively, place one layer down and make a glaze layer and then add the top cake).


  1. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar together with a hand mixer.

  2. Add in the softened butter and continue mixing.

  3. Add in the orange juice, bourbon, and coconut cream until the consistency is that of a glaze.

  4. Lastly add the orange zest and mix to combine.

  5. Pour glaze over the top before serving and decorate with your favorite seasonal items.

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