Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Eggnog Whipped Cream

Perfectly spiced gingerbread bundt cake served with a homemade eggnog whipped cream. A festive and simple holiday cake that can be made without a stand or hand-held mixer. 

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Gingerbread Bundt Cake - this easy, perfectly spiced bundt cake is served with an eggnog whipped cream. A festive cake recipe for the holiday season!

Can we take a moment and chat about this gingerbread bundt cake? Or, more importantly, today’s eggnog whipped cream?!  Because I’m pretty sure it deserves your sole and undivided attention right now.

This isn’t my first gingerbread recipe on the site, but it is definitely my most favorite. I’ve always loved the rich flavor and spices of traditional gingerbread, but much prefer it in cake form than traditional cookies.

This bundt cake is moist, flavorful, and a cinch to throw together. You’ll need just a mixing bowl And a well-greased bundt cake pan. It can be baked in under 45 minutes and looks best when decorated with a simple dusting of powdered sugar. Serve it casually as a snacking or tea cake or fancied up with a dollop of cream and light shaving of fresh nutmeg.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake - this easy, perfectly spiced bundt cake is served with an eggnog whipped cream. A festive cake recipe for the holiday season!

How Spicy Is This Gingerbread Cake?

Traditional gingerbread usually contains a handful of key ingredients: dark unsulfured molasses and a generous handful of spices including ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.

Gingerbread can range from mildly spicy to very, very spicy. On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the spiciest), I would rank this gingerbread bundt cake as a 6. The spices are generous and present in every bite, but not at all overpowering. Aka. if your family isn’t normally into classic gingerbread, they might just be converted with a slice of this bundt cake. The good news? Spices play no structural role in cakes, so you can always increase or decrease them to fit your taste preferences.

In general, I’ve found that people become a lot more amenable to gingerbread when its in cake form. Once you bring eggnog whipped cream into the picture, you can bet that everyone will be coming back for a second slice.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake - this easy, perfectly spiced MOIST bundt cake is served with an eggnog whipped cream. A festive cake recipe for the holiday season!

5 Reasons Why I Love This Gingerbread Bundt Cake

  1. This cake batter uses oil as the primary fat, which helps keep the cake moist and allow it to store well for an extra day or two. While I love using butter in cakes for its added flavor, butter cakes have a tendency to dry out much faster than oil-based ones.
  2. It is balanced in spice level. It has a pronounced molasses, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and allspice flavor without being overwhelming.
  3. It can be made in a basic mixing bowl with minimal clean-up! You won’t need a stand or hand-held mixer. The batter comes together quickly and effortlessly. An ideal celebration cake for the holiday season when we’re all running out like nutcases and have minimal time on our hands.
  4. The bundt pan does all the decorative work for you. This cake looks beautiful straight out of the pan with just a light dusting of powdered sugar. This also means that you can wrap it easily and store leftovers for later.
  5. You can serve it with eggnog whipped cream. I mean, come on.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake - this easy, perfectly spiced bundt cake is served with an eggnog whipped cream. A festive cake recipe for the holiday season!

How to Make Eggnog Whipped Cream

Why yes, eggnog whipped cream is as just amazing as it sounds! This pairing was inspired by my gingerbread and eggnog ice cream cookie sandwiches from a few years back. The combination of gingerbread and eggnog just works, trust me.

You can make eggnog whipped cream with just the following ingredients:

  • heavy cream
  • full fat eggnog (*I highly recommend Organic Valley brand)
  • pure vanilla extract, for added flavor
  • touch of granulated sugar, for a touch of sweetness
  • freshly grated nutmeg, for garnishing

This mixture will whip up and create beautiful soft peaks of eggnog whipped cream. It will even hold for several hours in the refrigerator if you wish to make it ahead of time. The whipped cream has a delicate, yet present eggnog flavor that beautifully complements the gingerbread bundt cake. It also happens to be an amazing way to use up leftover eggnog.

Understanding: Since eggnog does not contain the same levels of fat as heavy cream, it is very important that you follow the ratio that I’ve provided below in the recipe. If you use more eggnog than called for (and not enough heavy cream), the cream will not whip up properly.

Alternative: If you don’t care for whipped cream, you could absolutely top this bundt cake with a simple glaze made from confectioner’s sugar and eggnog.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake - this easy, perfectly spiced bundt cake is served with an eggnog whipped cream. A festive cake recipe for the holiday season!

I know I say this a lot, but it really doesn’t get more festive than this! Happy holidays!

Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Eggnog Whipped Cream

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Ingredients:

For the Cake

  • 2 and 1/2 cups (300 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (210 grams) packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (170 grams) unsulphured molasses
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) buttermilk, room temperature
  • powdered sugar, for dusting

For the Eggnog Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) chilled heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) whole fat eggnog (*I recommend Organic Valley brand)
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • freshly grated nutmeg, for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Gingerbread Bundt Cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 C) with a rack in the center position. Grease a 10 or 12-cup bundt cake pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the dark brown sugar, oil, molasses, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix until no lumps remain. Pour in the buttermilk and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in two additions, whisking until the flour is just absorbed. Using a spatula, transfer the batter to the greased bundt pan. Bake at 350 F (175 C) for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cake to cool in the pan set on a wire rack for 10 minutes. . The cake must be completely cool before frosting.
  6. Allow to cool on rack in pan for 10 minutes and then invert onto the rack. Let cool completely. Just before serving, dust lightly with powdered sugar.
  7. Prepare the Eggnog Whipped Cream: Combine the heavy cream, eggnog, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Using a hand-held mixer or balloon whisk, whip the mixture until it reaches soft peaks. It will take a few minutes.
  8. Slice the cake with a serrated knife and serve each piece with a dollop of eggnog whipped cream and a touch of freshly grated nutmeg. Serve.

Once the gingerbread cake has cooled, it is best to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap for storing. It can hold at room temperature for up to 3 days; however it is best served the day it is baked. The eggnog whipped cream can be prepared a few hours in advance and held in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Eggnog Whipped Cream based on Serious Eats ratios and method.

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