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Cheesecake-Topped Gingerbread Cake for Christmas

This cheesecake-topped gingerbread cake for Christmas is fragrant yet mellow. The gingerbread cake is full of spice, while its cheesecake topping pairs perfectly and helps to tone down the intensity of the cake when you eat it.

I developed this combination because of my love of cheesecake-topped brownies and black bottom cupcakes.

A large slice of cheesecake-topped gingerbread cake with sugared cranberries

This cheesecake-topped gingerbread cake recipe is a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure. You can choose a full-flavored gingerbread cake packed with molasses and accented with spiced rum or a gingerbread with a more mild flavor (for those who like the idea of gingerbread but maybe don’t go crazy for molasses). You also have the option to add chocolate chips to the recipe. I made the gingerbread cake once with and once without the chocolate chips and found that I sorely missed the chocolate chips when they were absent. There’s also an optional ginger glaze. It’s truly not needed, but it’s a nice touch cosmetically – and the ginger glaze is a must if you want to garnish with sugared cranberries (they won’t stick otherwise).

Make this gingerbread cake the way you and your family will love it. You really can’t go wrong!

Several small slices of cheesecake-topped gingerbread cake with sugared cranberries

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Cheesecake-Topped Gingerbread Cake for Christmas

It turns out that cheesecake and gingerbread make a wonderful pair, the former mellowing the intense spice of the fragrant cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake recipe, gingerbread, gingerbread cheesecake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 521kcal
Author Stef


Gingerbread Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar OR 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses the molasses will give a stronger flavor
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk OR 1/2 cup spiced rum and 1/2 cup water choose the rum and water for a more intensely-flavored cake
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips optional

Cheesecake Topping Ingredients

  • 16 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • zest of one orange

Ginger Glaze Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • sugared cranberries to taste


Gingerbread Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the egg and the brown sugar or molasses until fully combined.
  • In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.
  • Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients a little at a time until just combined.
  • Mix in milk or rum and water a little at a time until fully combined.
  • Optionally, stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spread on a 9" x 12" greased baking sheet.

Cheesecake Topping Ingredients

  • Beat cream cheese until it is light and airy.
  • Mix in eggs, vanilla, salt, and zest.
  • Spread evenly over gingerbread batter.
  • Bake for thirty minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Ginger Glaze Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients and drizzle over cooled cake.
  • Optionally, top with sugared cranberries while the glaze is still wet.


This recipe is adapted from AllRecipes' Old Fashioned Gingerbread


Nutrition Facts
Cheesecake-Topped Gingerbread Cake for Christmas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 521 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 490mg20%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 870IU17%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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3 comments on “Cheesecake-Topped Gingerbread Cake for Christmas”

  1. Mirandasays:

    Cheesecake + gingerbread sounds like such a tasty combo! Yum!

  2. wah, bikin ngiler nih makanannya

  3. 5 stars
    You will wait no longer for recipe to Cheesecake-Topped Holiday Gingerbread and this cake is so yummy as shown in the images. If you try out preparing this cake with the help of this recipe so you can prepare the same cake and tasty too.

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