Delicious Gingerloaf Recipe: Perfect for a Cozy Evening

Are you a coffee lover who loves to indulge in a sweet treat? Look no further than this recipe for Starbucks Copycat Gingerloaf. This lofty and delightful gingerbread loaf is perfect for any gingerbread enthusiast whether you are a seasoned baker or a novice. With its rich aroma and delicious flavors, it’s sure to be a hit for any special occasion, holiday season or even just as an everyday snack.

This recipe is an incredible copycat of the famous Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf, whose popularity extends throughout the world. This gingerbread loaf bakes up tall and soft with an impressive flavor profile that will keep you coming back for more. With this recipe, you can indulge in your favorite comfort food without leaving your house- plus now you can control what ingredients go into your baked goods.

Featuring staple ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs and cream cheese icing, this recipe also includes apple butter and candied ginger whose unique flavors elevate this iconic treat to the next level. Even better, if you have guests who are picky eaters or have dietary restrictions- try eliminating dairy or replacing the all-purpose flour with almond or gluten-free flour to suit their needs.

In this recipe article, I am going to share with you everything from the ingredient list to serving tips, so even if you are new to baking, don’t be intimidated by its impressive appearance. So put on some holiday tunes and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Starbucks Copycat Gingerloaf
Starbucks Copycat Gingerloaf

If you’re a fan of the Starbucks gingerbread loaf, then this copycat recipe is sure to bring a smile to your face. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it also uses ingredients that are likely already in your pantry.

One of the things I love about this recipe is its versatility. You can enjoy it as a snack or dessert, either on its own or paired with a cup of coffee or tea. Plus, it’s perfect for those chilly winter nights when you want something warm and comforting.

The combination of ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves gives this gingerbread loaf the classic flavor you know and love, while lemon zest and candied ginger add a bit of zing and texture. And let’s not forget about the cream cheese icing. It’s the perfect finishing touch that takes this gingerbread loaf to the next level.

But perhaps what I love most about this recipe is how customizable it is. You can try different variations by adding apple butter, replacing some of the sugar with brown sugar for a deeper flavor, or even making Gingerbread Lattes or adding gingerbread syrup to your coffee. This recipe truly allows for creativity and experimentation.

In short, whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, this copycat Starbucks gingerbread loaf recipe is sure to be a hit. So grab your apron and get ready to impress your friends and family with this delicious treat!

Ingredient List

 Warm, fluffy gingerloaf straight from the oven!
Warm, fluffy gingerloaf straight from the oven!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this Starbucks copycat gingerbread loaf recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup apple butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger

For the icing:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups icing sugar or powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note: You can find apple butter in grocery stores or online. If you’re using unsweetened applesauce, add an additional 1/4 cup of sugar to the recipe.

Make sure to have all the ingredients measured and set aside before starting. This will make it easier to follow the instructions and avoid mistakes.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect cozy treat for a rainy day.
The perfect cozy treat for a rainy day.

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, we can start baking the gingerbread loaf. This recipe will make one 9×5 inch loaf, so let’s get started!

Step 1: Preheat The Oven

Before doing anything else, remember to preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). This is an essential step as it will ensure that your gingerbread loaf gets evenly baked.

Step 2: Prepare the Loaf Pan

Take a 9×5 inch loaf pan and generously butter the bottom and sides. You can also line the bottom with parchment paper for easy removal.

Step 3: Mix the Dry Ingredients

Now it’s time to mix all of our dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground mustard into the bowl. Use a whisk to gently combine the ingredients and set aside.

Step 4: Cream Butter and Sugar

In another large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together 1/2 cup (1 stick) of room temperature butter with 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Step 5: Add Wet Ingredients

Add one large room temperature egg into your butter and sugar mixture. Beat well until fully combined. Then add one cup of unsweetened applesauce, along with one teaspoon of vanilla extract and a tablespoon of finely chopped candied ginger.

Step 6: Combine Dry And Wet Mixtures

Once you have combined your wet ingredients well, gently fold in your dry mixture until everything is well combined but be careful not to overmix. The batter should have a smooth consistency.

Step 7: Bake The Loaf

Pour the gingerbread batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for about 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 8: Decorate and serve

And there you have it – your very own Starbucks Copycat Gingerloaf Recipe. Serve it warm or at room temperature, accompanied by a delicious cup of coffee, such as a Gingerbread Latte with gingerbread syrup added. You could also top it off with homemade cream cheese frosting from Glorious Treats. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Nothing beats the comforting aroma of freshly baked gingerloaf.
Nothing beats the comforting aroma of freshly baked gingerloaf.

Are you looking to switch things up in your Starbucks Copycat Gingerloaf? Here are some substitutions and variations:

– Nut Allergies: Swap the candied ginger for dried cranberries or raisins, but make sure they are nut-free. You may also opt to use apple sauce instead of apple butter.

– Vegan Diet: Replace the egg with an egg replacer or applesauce. Additionally, cream cheese frosting can be replaced with a vegan alternative like nuts-based frosting or whipped coconut cream.

– Low-Sugar Alternative: Use honey or maple syrup instead of sugar. Also, you can adjust sugar quantities downwards overall.

– Gluten-Free Option: Substitute all-purpose flour with almond flour, oat flour, or gluten-free all-purpose flour.

– Chocolate Lover’s Twist: To give this recipe a chocolate twist, add in some cocoa powder to the batter and swap out candied ginger for chocolate chips.

– Blueberry Delight: Instead of candied ginger, mix in some fresh blueberries into your batter before baking

The options are limitless when it comes to substitutions and tweaks! Experiment with your recipe by swapping out different ingredients to create unique twists on this classic treat. Just keep in mind that subtle changes will impact the flavor profile and texture of your gingerbread loaf.

Serving and Pairing

 My go-to recipe for a quick and delicious dessert.
My go-to recipe for a quick and delicious dessert.

Now that you have finally made your delicious Starbucks copycat gingerbread loaf, it’s time to enjoy it! There are numerous ways to serve and pair your gingerbread loaf, and here are some of our recommendations.

To start with, you can slice the gingerbread loaf into pieces and spread some cream cheese frosting on top. The tanginess of the frosting will balance out the sweetness of the loaf perfectly. If you do not have cream cheese frosting readily available, a simple dusting of icing sugar will also do the trick. It’s like snow drifting over your loaf!

For a warm and cozy treat, gingerbread pairs really well with a Gingerbread Latte. This coffee drink is infused with gingerbread syrup and warm spices like ginger and cinnamon. Nothing beats the aroma that wafts out of your coffee mug while you take a bite of your gingerbread.

For a more decadent treat, try serving your gingerbread with apple butter as it makes an excellent contrast to the spiciness of the bread. You can also accentuate the flavors of candied ginger by pairing it with a cup of chai tea. Trust me when I say that the spice blend together is exquisite enough to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Finally, if you are feeling a bit adventurous, try experimenting with different toppings such as fresh raspberries or whipped cream. These toppings will give your dessert a unique twist!

No matter how you choose to serve your gingerbread loaf, it’s always good to have friends and family around to share in this indulgent treat. And since this recipe yields two loaves, you’ll have plenty to go around!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The subtle hint of cinnamon adds a perfect touch to the ginger flavor.
The subtle hint of cinnamon adds a perfect touch to the ginger flavor.

Whenever I make gingerbread loaf, I always make a big batch because it is so irresistible that it vanishes in no time. However, if you happen to have some leftovers or intend to make this in advance for a special occasion, stay tuned for my tips on storing and reheating this gingerbread loaf.

To make-ahead, bake the loaves according to the recipe and let them cool completely. Then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, followed by aluminum foil. Store them at room temperature for up to two days. Alternatively, freeze the wrapped loaves for up to three months. Thaw them overnight in the fridge before reheating in the oven.

To reheat gingerbread loaf, preheat your oven to 300°F and place the unwrapped loaf on a baking sheet. Warm it up in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until heated through. You can also slice the loaf into individual portions before reheating.

If you’re not in a rush and want to have a relaxing time savoring your gingerbread with some coffee or tea, toast slices of gingerbread loaf on the stove-top or in a toaster until crispy on the surface but still moist inside. Top with anything you like, from butter and lemon zest glaze to apple butter and candied ginger.

However, if you’re throwing a party or giving someone a gift of gingerbread loaves, don’t forget to practice safe storage techniques. Wrap them in plastic wrap then store them in an air-tight container or large zip-top bags to prevent moisture absorption and keep their texture intact.

Remember that freshness is key when it comes to delicious gingerbread loaves. With these tips and tricks for storing and reheating your baked goods safely, you’ll be able to extend the life of your gingerbread without sacrificing flavor and texture!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Make your kitchen feel like a Starbucks cafe with this tasty treat.
Make your kitchen feel like a Starbucks cafe with this tasty treat.

To ensure perfect results when making this copycat Starbucks gingerbread loaf recipe, here are some helpful tips:

1. Bring ingredients to room temperature: Make sure the butter and eggs are at room temperature before using them. It will help ensure a consistent texture in the final product.

2. Use fresh spices: Fresh spices will give an unbeatable aroma and flavour to your gingerbread loaf. Be sure to check the expiry date of your spices before using them.

3. Don’t overmix the batter: Mix your ingredients until just combined as over-mixing can make your gingerbread loaf dry and tough.

4. Use a high-quality baking soda: Baking soda helps to give the gingerbread loaf its signature rise. Make sure you use a fresh, high-quality baking soda for the best results.

5. Grease and flour the loaf pan: Grease and flour the loaf pan thoroughly so that the gingerbread does not stick to the bottom or sides of the loaf pan.

6. Add lemon zest: For an added zing, add some freshly grated lemon zest to your batter. It pairs well with the warming spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and ground mustard.

7. Cool before cutting: Let the gingerbread cool completely before slicing it into pieces; otherwise, it might crumble apart.

By following these tips, you can create a moist and flavourful copycat Starbucks gingerbread loaf that is perfect for snacking on with a hot cup of coffee or as a dessert topped with cream cheese frosting and candied ginger bits.


As with any recipe, you may have some questions about this Copycat Starbucks Gingerloaf Recipe. Here in the FAQ section, I will answer some of the most commonly asked questions to ensure that your baking experience is a success. So, let’s dive right in and see if we can clear up any confusion you may have!

What is in Starbucks gingerbread syrup?

For this recipe, we’ll be creating a festive gingerbread syrup to add a burst of flavor to your espresso. To make the syrup, we’ll need ingredients such as brown sugar, granulated sugar, molasses, water, ground ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla. Let’s get started!

Is Starbucks bringing back gingerbread loaf?

The menu items from the previous season are back, offering sweet indulgences such as the Cranberry Bliss Bar, Gingerbread Loaf, Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop, and Frosted Snowman Cookie.

Does Starbucks still sell gingerbread?

For the past four years, Starbucks has left out the beloved Gingerbread Latte from its holiday menu. Despite hopes for its return in 2022, it appears that the festive drink has been left out once again.

How to make ginger cake Mary Berry?

For this recipe, you will need some dark muscovado sugar amounting to 250g or 8oz. You will also require half of a tin (weighing 225g) of black treacle, 375g or 12oz of plain flour, 5 tsp of ground ginger, 2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 2 beaten eggs, 3 pieces of crystallized stem ginger (optional), and 300ml or half a pint of unsweetened milk, or soya milk if seeking a lactose-free variation.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Starbucks copycat gingerloaf recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves the spicy, warm flavors of gingerbread. With simple ingredients like brown sugar, cinnamon, and candied ginger, this recipe is easy to make at home and tastes just like the original. Plus, you can make it your own by adding your favorite frosting or serving it alongside a steaming cup of Gingerbread Latte.

If you’ve never made a loaf recipe before, have no fear! The step-by-step instructions in this article make it easy to create a perfect gingerbread loaf that will impress your friends and family. And if you’re an experienced baker, the tips and substitutions provided will help you customize the recipe to your liking.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and some spices and get baking! You won’t regret trying out this copycat Starbucks gingerbread loaf recipe.

Starbucks Copycat Gingerloaf

Starbucks Copycat Gingerloaf Recipe

I search high and low for a recipe that would be as close to Starbucks wonderful gingerloaf and this is what I came up with . I read many other recipes and a lot were missing the basics from the ingredient list this is the closet to theirs that I have came up with I hope you all enjoy �� first time submitter long time follower 
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Large loaf pan
Calories 4192.7 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2-3/4 cup candied ginger (homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract (or juice )
  • 1/2 teaspoon both lemon and vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice


  • Start with butter and sugar then add the egg Beat Ingredients in a stand mixer mix until light and fluffy then add remaining wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients together and whisk then add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in until just combined , don’t over mix it will cause tough bread ❤️Batter will be really thick don’t worry 🙂 bake at350 for 50-60 mins and let cool completely before frosting.
  • Enjoy.

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Serving: 1184gCalories: 4192.7kcalCarbohydrates: 726.5gProtein: 29.7gFat: 136.1gSaturated Fat: 81.8gCholesterol: 369mgSodium: 2522.1mgFiber: 14.3gSugar: 547.8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Breads, Dessert, Easy, Quick Breads
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