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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 9x5 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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