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Cold Tea Gingerbread with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

If I ever have my own bakery, this recipe is going on the menu. Delicious doesn't even begin to describe it. Moist and spicy with the pleasant tang of whipped cream cheese frosting. This recipe is from 1910 and from the amazing cookbook, Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters. Ready for the recipe?

Cold Tea Gingerbread with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes one 9" x 5" loaf

1 1/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp. sifted flour
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup cold tea (I used Honey Ginger Peach tea)
1 scant tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. hot water
1 egg, beaten

1. Set the oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350-f degrees. Line the bottom and ends of a 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pan with a single strip of wax paper or parchment paper. Coat the pan and wax paper liner with vegetable spray. *I used Pam with Flour liberally and was able to skip the wax paper/parchment paper step. I love that little can of spray! It is a miracle!

2. Mix together flour, ginger, cinnamon, and salt.

3. Cream butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add molasses and combine.

4. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with cold tea. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to batter. Add egg and combine thoroughly.

5. Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake 45 minutes, or until tester inserted into loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan on raack for 20 minutes. Invert pan and place on rack to continue cooling. Serve gingerbread hot with lemon sauce or cold with whipped cream and chipped walnuts. Store loosely covered with wax paper at room temperature.

Gingerbread Source: Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (I used even less, probably half this amount, since it was all I had)

1. In a small bowl beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form; set aside.

2. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth, then fold in whipped cream.

Frosting Source: Adapted from


  1. Sounds soooo yummy!! I'm saving it to try soon. :o)

  2. That sounds really good - anything with cream cheese frosting should though, right? Will have to try it.

  3. Those tiny gingerbread man sprinkles are absolutely adorable! Where did you buy them?

  4. Ooooo Parker, you are killin' me with all of these baked goods!!!

    I'm a decent cook but haven't baked anything from scratch- ever-! (except for Banana Bread!)

    Way back in the stone-age when I was in Home Ec (8th grade) my girlfriend and I baked brownies so hard they would not come out of the pan! We had to THROW the pan against the exterior brick walls of the school and it STILL would not come out!

    Needless to say, nowadays my baking comes straight out of a box. You can't really screw that up! haha!

  5. Yum! Hubby loves gingerbread even more than I do. This recipe would be a winner at our house.

  6. I got those sprinkles from crate & barrell on sale probably a year ago? so they may not have them anymore..

  7. I plan to try this recipe this fall..if I can wait that long!

  8. I love anything gingerbread, and this looks scrupmtious!!! The whipped frosting looks light as a cloud! I want to make this come cooler weather. :)

  9. wow! can't wait to try this! i love the little gingerbread man sprinkles on top!

  10. What a GREAT recipe! I would love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared this and other recipes with us! :)
    I hope to see you there!

  11. Ahh I need to try this asap looks SO amazing!! The whipped cream frosting is literally making my mouth water

  12. Is it wrong that the thing I'm most in love with are those awesome little gingerbread men!? I want some! But yes, I'll take the whole dessert...gingerbread is one of my favorites. :D

  13. i found the gingerbread men sprinkles at - many cute sprinkles to choose from

  14. Lovely. I would have made this, had I not made some gingerbread slices of my own.

  15. What!? This looks perfect! Wow, so beautiful! Will you please come link this to Foodie Friday:

  16. Great and with the gingerbread men sprinkles, perfect!

    Cook Lisa Cook

  17. What?! I've never heard of using tea in a cake before! I need to try this!

  18. I love your blog..I check in several times a is always interesting...thnx for sharing...liz

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  19. This recipe looks wonderful and the little gingerbread guys on top just make me cute!

  20. Great recipe. I like the use of tea. Clarice

  21. Love the cake and would like to try. Can I substitute molasses with honey without much difference in taste?

  22. Anon - You can certainly try it out and see how it ends up. I think the taste would be very different, but it could still be tasty. No way of knowing unless you try it. ;)


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