Gingerbread Bars with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread and orange pair up so well.  Something about the deep, molasses and spice flavor with the bright citrus tastes like the holidays.

This recipe is a mash up of two other recipes: Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Filling from Recipe Girl and my Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce.

I wanted something cake-like that would feed quite a few people.  The Orange Cream Cheese Frosting was perfect for topping it off. 

Gingerbread Bars with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Bars with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

    For the cake
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or milk soured with 1/2 Tbs. vinegar)
  • For the Frosting
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbs. orange juice

Instructions

    For the cake
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. In a mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the eggs, molasses and honey.
  4. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk until well combined.
  5. Pour into a greased 10"x15" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  6. For the Frosting
  7. In a mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together.
  8. Add vanilla and orange zest and mix well.
  9. Alternate powdered sugar with orange juice, beating until frosting is spreadable consistency.
  10. Smooth on top of cooled cake.
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The cake can also be made with all molasses and no honey.  I was running low on molasses.  You can also use white sugar instead of brown.  Use what you have!

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Comments

  1. What a beautiful picture! Makes me want to eat some right now! :)

  2. This recipe sounds amazing! I’m going to try it this week. Y.U.M.! Merry Christmas!!

  3. YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. These look so yummy. Even though I have probably already eaten twelve pounds of sugar and butter by now, I think I will have to make these!

  5. This looks so yummy — I may make it for my daughter and her friends tomorrow. One request — is it possible to add an option to print without the photo? I’m an ink miser, and it just kills me to use all that ink — even black — to print a photo I don’t really need.

    Thanks and happy New Year!

    • Suzanne, if you use the “print friendly” button at the bottom of each post there’s an option to print without photos at the top of the page that will appear. If you use Ziplist and add it to your recipe box, it will come up as a smaller photo, but I don’t see an option to print without the photo using ziplist. I understand wanting to conserve ink. It’s so expensive!

  6. Is the soda suppose to be baking soda or ginger ale soda?

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