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This whimsical Gingerbread Forest Cake can serve double duty as a centerpiece on your holiday table, and your delicious holiday dessert! It’s impressive, yet super easy to make.

A Gingerbread Forest Cake with confectioners sugar dusting and tall trees with deer.

I’m hoping this fun recipe for this snow-covered Gingerbread Forest Cake will inspire you to play with your food this holiday season.  

This charming holiday gingerbread cake will delight both young and old alike.  

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This recipe was originally shared in 2014. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.

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A photo collage of an easy Gingerbread Forest Cake made in a bundt pan with confectioners sugar dusting and faux trees and deer along with a title text overlay graphic.

The ingredient list:

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How this gingerbread forest cake came to be:

Many years ago I did something similar to this Gingerbread Mountain Cake and used it for our Christmas eve centerpiece.

This year I knew that I wanted to recreate the design but in a simpler way. Below is a picture of the one I had done previously.

 
The original inspiration for the Gingerbread forest cake.

I loved the bottle brush trees that I used on the cake pictured above.

This year, however, I found the tall trees that I thought would make a very fun and dramatic statement, so I decided to use them in place of the bottle brush trees.

The choice is yours, of course. Use what you have, or use whatever type of trees you see fit for your gingerbread forest cake.

A photo collage of two types of Gingerbread Forest Cake along with a title text overlay graphic.

If this Snow Covered Gingerbread Forest Cake is something you’re interested in replicating, you can find the tall, snow-covered trees, along with little plastic deer, in the toy train department of your local hobby and craft store. And you can easily purchase them on-line

From there, the rest is left up to your imagination.

Or, you can even make the gingerbread cake without the forest embellishment, as it is a delicious cake all on its own!

How to make a gingerbread forest cake:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Pour the boiling water over the butter and allow the butter to melt completely.
  • Transfer the butter/water mixture to a medium bowl, and whisk in the light brown sugar, molasses, ginger paste, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the eggs to the wet ingredients and whisk well to combine.
  • Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk well to combine.
  • Pour the batter evenly into a prepared bundt pan.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and decorate with trees and deer.
 

Special Note about cutting the trees and decorating the cake:

Depending on the kind of trees you choose to work with, wire cutters may be needed.  

Be careful cutting the branches of the trees and do not let children attempt this task unless supervised by an adult.  

Hand strength is required so little children should not be allowed to cut the trees.

Can this holiday bundt cake be made in advance?

Yes!

You can make this up to 2 days in advance of serving, and store it, covered, in the refrigerator.

For best flavor, allow the cake to come to room temperature before serving.

Serving suggestions:

You can either serve it plain, or with the following toppings.

  • whipped cream
  • ice cream (your favorite flavor)
  • caramel sauce
  • chocolate sauce
  • crushed gingersnap cookies to gild the lily

Additional whimsical Christmas recipes:

*Gingerbread House Recipe and Full Tutorial (shown below)

This Gingerbread House Recipe and Tutorial is a comprehensive instruction along with tips and tricks so you can learn from our successes, as well as our mistakes.

A cute decorated Gingerbread House Recipe and Tutorial using peppermint sticks, royal icing, pretzels, and gum drops.

*Rudolph the BREAD-Nosed Reindeer (pictured below)

Give your homemade bread baking skills a whimsical twist by making this Whole Wheat Rudolph the Bread-Nosed Reindeer. Or, you can use store-bought frozen bread dough and follow the instructions for forming and shaping.

Whole Wheat Rudolph shaped bread on a wooden board

*Grinch Guacamole (shown below)

With a few simple ingredients and some easy instructions, you can warm the hearts of your family and friends with this gloriously easy to make realistic looking Grinch Guacamole. 

An overhead photo of a Grinch Guacamole Dip on a platter with crackers and a plaid tablecloth

*Gingerbread Mountain Cake (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

A closeup vertical photo of a Gingerbread Forest Cake on a blue and white background with a blue paint swatch and a title text overlay graphic.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy gingerbread bundt cake recipe.

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A closeup of a gingerbread forest cake with faux trees and deer

Gingerbread Forest Cake

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
This whimsical Gingerbread Forest Cake can serve double duty as a centerpiece on your holiday table and your delicious holiday dessert! It's impressive yet super easy to make.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course cake
Cuisine Christmas
Servings 12 slices
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, cut into ½” pieces
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste found in the fresh herb section of the produce department
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • confectioners sugar for garnish
  • Assorted trees and plastic deer for decorating optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, pour the boiling water over the cut-up butter. Whisk in the light brown sugar, molasses, ginger paste, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the eggs to the wet ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk well to combine.
  • Pour the gingerbread batter evenly into a prepared bundt pan sprayed with baking spray.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove to a wire rack. Cool 15 minutes and carefully turn the cake out of the pan to cool completely.
  • Place the cake on a serving plate and dust the top with confectioner’s sugar.
  • Decorate the gingerbread mountain with assorted trees and deer.
  • *Note – The decorations are NOT edible! Please remove the trees and animals before slicing and eating!

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 7gFat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 530mgFiber: 1gSugar: 46g
Keyword easy holiday gingerbread cake, gingerbread bundt cake, gingerbread forest cake, whimsical gingerbread cake
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Recipe Rating




Karen (Back Road Journal)

Monday 30th of November 2020

You are so clever with all your ideas, I'm sure everyone is excited to see what you create for Christmas each year.

Renée

Monday 30th of November 2020

You are so very sweet, Karen! Thank you. As a matter of fact, I do have some fun ideas up my sleeve for this year. Stay tuned! Take good care, Renee

Denay DeGuzman

Sunday 29th of November 2020

This is the cutest gingerbread cake I've seen all season! It's beautiful!

Angela {Mind Over Batter}

Thursday 18th of December 2014

This is your centerpiece?! IT IS breathtaking!! So whimsical. So beautiful! I'd slap anyone's hand who'd try to eat it. LOL.

Carol at Wild Goose Tea

Wednesday 17th of December 2014

A Wonderful Cake!!! But your presentation is soooo perfect. Very very very festive and nice.

Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos

Monday 15th of December 2014

Renee - this is stunning!!! What a gorgeous centerpiece for Christmas!