Starbucks Copycat Gingerbread Loaf

When Starbucks discontinued their seasonal Gingerbread Latte last year, my heart was broken. 💔🍮

Of all their seasonal concoctions, it was hands down my favorite. I mean, nothing tastes like Christmas as much as gingerbread, right?

Thankfully, they still have their delicous Gingerbread Loaf, but I am apparently not the only one who loves it. More often than not, when I get a chance to breeze through Starbucks during the holiday season, I find it all sold out. I count myself lucky if I to get to have it once each season.

This season, trips to Starbuck are even fewer, as a result of staying home more, so I decided to try my hand at making a copycat version.

You guys, I didn’t get my hopes super high, but this turned out to be a very close replica of Starbuck’s Gingerbread Loaf!

It’s moist, has the perfect amount of spice, and is smothered in a thick cream cheese frosting with hints of vanilla and orange.

And the best part? You can have it whenever you like, fresh-baked from your own kitchen!

My Copycat Version

Start by creaming the butter and sugar. Then add the egg, vanilla, and applesauce. The applesauce is the key to keeping this loaf dense and moist, just like Starbucks.

Next, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and then add it to your mixing bowl a little at a time.

Turn it into a greased loaf pan, and place into an oven preheated to 350 degrees.

Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes, checking often for doneness. Be careful not to overbake, so the loaf will remain moist.

The Cream Cheese Frosting

The icing is a basic cream cheese frosting, with some vanilla, and a teaspoon of orange zest mixed in, just like the Starbucks version.

Frost the loaf when it is completely cool. The vanilla-orange cream cheese icing is the perfect complement to the gingerbread spiced loaf.

Be sure to cut it into nice, thick slices to serve.

Keep the remainder of the loaf in an airtight container in the fridge for several days.

I like to warm a slice in the microwave for about 15 seconds, to enjoy with my coffee.

Starbucks Copycat Gingerbread Loaf

Niky @ The House on Silverado
Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf is seasonal, and only around for a short period of time. Because of it's popularity, I often find it sold out at Starbucks. 😟 By making it home, you can ensure a slice is on hand when you're ready for your coffee break!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Quick Bread
Servings 10 slices


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray a 9×5 loaf pan lightly with cooking spray.
  • Cream the butter and the sugar until fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and the egg.
  • Mix in the applesauce.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and then add it to the bowl slowly.
  • When flour is incorporated, turn the batter into loaf pan, and spread evenly.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes, or until it is risen and a toothpick comes out clean. Check frequently, and be careful not to overbake. You want the loaf to be moist. It will dry out quickly if overbaked.
  • Let cool completely on a rack before frosting.

To Make the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Beat the cream cheese with the vanilla and then add 2 cups sugar and the orange zest and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread a thick layer of the frosting over the gingerbread loaf.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for several days. I like to warm a slice just slightly in the microwave (about 15 seconds) before enjoying with my coffee.
Keyword copycat, Starbucks
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20 thoughts on “Starbucks Copycat Gingerbread Loaf

  1. 5 stars
    I made it today for the wife who is missing this. Her comment was that it was very good, but was missing the crystallized ginger that the original had. Next time I make it I’ll add a tablespoon of crystallized ginger and see if that gets it closer.

  2. I don’t know how to do pingbacks or connecnt posts, but I made this today to give to some friends for Christmas. I made mini loaves. Did not do the orange, but that would be good. I posted my picture on my Facebook page and just shared this one to my page as well, I will add the credit to my post. I also made a lower carbv version by using a Splenda blend for white sugar and no icing. It is good too, but the one I posted today I used regular ingredients. Great job! And thanks for sharing. Michele

  3. 5 stars
    Congratulations! Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,515 this week., and we pinned it to our Features Board. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!
    Miz Helen

  4. Hello, this is one of my favorites for Encouraging Hearts and Home, this week! I hope you stop by and say hello, this post has been pinned! Thank you for being a part of Encouraging Hearts and Home, we appreciate all that you share. Have a great week ahead!

  5. I am baking one of these this week! Can’t wait to try it! I am making one regular, and one gluten free so I can have some too! Thanks for posting this recipe! I was linking to Happiness is Homemade linky party, and this caught my eye. So glad I saw it!

  6. This looks SO good! Every time I see it in one of those squares at all the linky parties it makes me incredibly hungry. I am not familiar with the Starbucks version but I am going to try your recipe. I love gingerbread. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are enjoying the season.

    XO- MaryJo

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