How to Make a Cute Gingerbread Man Cake Recipe

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One Layer Gingerbread Man Shaped Cake with Gingerbread Buttercream 



  • 1 Duncan Hines spice cake mix
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 3 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla
  • (Buttercream)
  • 4 sticks of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup (4oz) Egg Whites (cool or room temperature as long it’s not too cold)
  • 2 Cups (16oz) of powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP Molasses
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger 


  1. (CAKE)
  2. Heat oven to 350 F.
  3. Mix Cake mix, milk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl with a hand whisk or a stand mixer.
  4. Whisk vigorously or mix on a medium speed for approximately 2 minutes.
  5. Carefully pour the cake batter in the 13×9 cake pan.
  6. Bake for 23-28 minutes. It is ready when the toothpick has a few crumbs or is clean.
  7. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Flip over to a baking wire rack.
  8. (BUTTERCREAM) In the mixer bowl with a whisk attachment, add egg whites, powdered sugar, and salt on low speed until all mixed.
  9. Once powdered sugar is incorporated, beat for a few minutes until everything is combined.
  10. Return the mixer to low speed and add softened butter, 1-2 tablespoons at a time. Once all the butter has been added at medium speed, beat for 10 minutes while scraping down the sides as needed.
  11. Add vanilla extract, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Add 1 tsp more if you want a more robust flavor.
  12. Replace with a paddle attachment and beat for 5-10 minutes to remove air bubbles.


This buttercream recipe yields leftover buttercream. You can put it in an airtight container or freeze buttercream for up to a month or two.