Sunday, December 16, 2012

copycat starbucks gingerbread loaf




I admit it...I'm hooked on Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf.  I enjoyed my first slice last year by pure accident.  I ordered a Pumpkin Scone with my "non-fat" latte (have to watch the calories on one end,) and the cashier stated what I never wanted to hear..."Pumpkin Scones are only available for the fall season, which has now ended."  As I stood at the counter in silence, no words able to come out of my mouth, I heard him say, "Miss, Miss."  "We now have our Gingerbread Loaf, would you like to try that?"  I nearly said "forget about it," but instead, reluctantly mumbled, "ok, sure."  The rest is history.






I had to try and create this scrumptious morning treat myself, not wanting to pay nearly $3 a slice, along with the $4 coffee!  I found a copycat recipe online and tweaked it a bit, until I came up with a perfect tasting recipe, actually better than the bux loaf itself.  Oh, and did I mention you can whip this up in no time at all!







Embarking lovely fragrant and spicy notes, a thick layer of perfectly sweetened cream cheese frosting, with a hint of orange, make this loaf ideal for breakfast or an afternoon snack with a cup of hot coffee or tea.  Created in disposable bakeware, accompanied with a Starbuck's Card, makes it an ideal gift for the Starbucks lover; however, once you try it, you won't want to part with it!

Until next time...mangia!  xox

Carol






Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf

Ingredients:

for the loaf:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon orange extract, or 1/4 teaspoon orange oil (I used Boyajian Pure Citrus Orange Oil)
1 egg at room temperature
1 cup natural applesauce
1 teaspoon baking soda

for the frosting:
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste
1/2 teaspoon orange extract or 1/8 teaspoon orange oil (I used Boyajian Pure Citrus Orange Oil)
2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
chopped candied ginger or candied orange peel for garnish (optional - see Carol's notes below)

Create the Gingerbread Loaf and Frosting:

create the loaf:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 9"x5" bread pan or use baking spray.  You can also use two pieces of decorative 7"x2.5" disposable bakeware, as pictured.  These do not have to be greased or sprayed.  Set them on a small cookie sheet to bake, and turn them around half way through the baking cycle.  These are perfect for gift giving!

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt.  Set aside.

In the large bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Stir in orange extract.  Add egg, and mix well.

Mix the baking soda into the applesauce.   Stir into creamed butter mixture.  Add the flour mixture and mix until smooth.

Scoop the batter into prepared loaf pan(s).

Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.  If baking the 2 smaller loaves, bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

create the frosting:
Beat the cream cheese until fluffy.  Add vanilla and orange extract.  Slowly beat in confectioner's sugar.

Once the cake has cooled, evenly spread the frosting on top.  Garnish with chopped candied ginger or orange peel, if desired.

Once frosting has set, loosely cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  I feel it tastes so much better chilled, but this is not necessary if eating the up the same day.

Adapted with slight changes from The Restaurant Recipe Blog.

Carol's notes:
This is one of those baked goods that tastes even better the second day, as the flavors intensify.

I've reduced the clove amount over the original recipe; however, the clove flavor will get stronger the following day, so if you prefer, you can reduce it even further to 1/2 teaspoon.

Although a toothpick will come out clean and the loaf be fully baked, the center will sometimes concave slightly as it cools.  Don't worry if it does, since the frosting will cover it up.  I prefer it to do this, rather than over bake it to prevent it.

The frosting makes more than you will need.  Depending on how thick you want it, adjust accordingly.

I found delicious Woodstock Foods All-Natural Ginger Slices at Wegmans, not strong or overpowering.  I chopped a few slices into small bits for the garnish.  They're incredible on the cream cheese frosting, and make the loaf look just like the real thing!  Candied orange peel, which can be found easily this time of year, also works well.





62 comments:

  1. I can't wait to try this recipe, it will probably be today because I want a slice really bad! Thanks for sharing, I will feature you on my blog and let you know.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rhonda! I made four loaves a couple days ago and froze them for gifts...I am so tempted to take one out of the freezer right now! :)

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  2. Your close follower, Lady!December 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I'm trying this for sure. Even though there will be only three of us on Christmas I still intend to do things up big as if 10 or 12 were coming.
    I will have that lovely smell permeating in my kitchen on Christmas Eve. Have a wonderful holiday Carol and thanks for the perfect blog each time.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lady! You will love this recipe, and it's so easy to make! You are absolutely right about the smell permeating in the kitchen...that's exactly what happens! Enjoy!

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  3. Again an award winning picture! Even if you don't bake or even if you don't like gingerbread you will love this photograph. I love to bake & love gingerbread so this was a win win on more than one level. I will definitely make this & like you suggested have a hard time parting atleast the first go round. Thanks for all the baking & shopping tips as well!

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    1. Happy Sunday, Fran! Thank you so much for the kind words!!! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!!!

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  4. I'd take this over a pumpkin scone any day! (I've never their their gingerbread loaf, but I can already tell that I'd love yours even more.) :D

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    1. Hi Val! Yep, the pumpkin scones now have moved down on my list. This loaf is so darn irresistible!!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I just made the loaves and they are delicious, just featured you on my blog.
    http://rhondassaucyadventures.blogspot.com/2012/12/copycat-starbucks-gingerbread-loaf.html

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda! That was quick! I like where you said you tasted the batter and how delicious it was! Enjoy, and thanks for linking the recipe back to me.

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  6. I've had that copycat recipe printed out for a while and have yet to try it. I'm glad you got fabulous results. Your loaf looks amazing - even better than the Starbucks version! I can't wait to make this. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind comment and stopping by! You will definitely have to give it a try!

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  7. Oh, YUM!!!!! I love ginger...so this gingerbread topped with cream cheese frosting (swooning there, too) and sprinkled with crystallized ginger sound amazing!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Lizzy! Hope your having a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by...always happy to see you!

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  8. I love when our own version is better than the inspiration! These loaves look incredible, Carol! I love the cream cheese frosting :).

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    1. I agree, Laura! Especially when it saves money too! :) The cream cheese frosting definitely is delicious! Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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  9. This looks delish! I have never had the starbucks gingerbread loaf but I don't need to now. This looks super easy to throw together!

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    1. Hi Jocelyn! Yes, it's simple to make...hope you can give it a try! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  10. This is gorgeous and delicious and I need some immediately. ;)

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    1. LOL! Thanks so much, Marina! So happy you stopped by!!!

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  11. I've never tried the baked goods from Starbucks. This looks fab!

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  12. Carol, your photography is STUNNING. What amazing pictures to display such a wonderful holiday treat. I love love love gingerbread anything and the orange frosting on top puts this over the edge. I recently made a lemon.gingerbread recipe and was in heaven and now I have to try the orange. Wow, I'm blown away!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sally!! You're so sweet! Tell you what, I'll make your incredible raspberry rolls, and you can make my gingerbread loaf! :) Thanks so much for stopping by...have a great week!!!

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  13. I don't think I've ever had the Starbucks version, but I'd bet heavily your loaf is nothing short of amazing!

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    1. Ashley, thanks so much for your sweet comment! Actually, Starbucks has very good baked goods...that's why I had to find a copycat version! If you should try the recipe, you will get a very good idea how Starbucks version tastes, but I must say, my version is a bit better! :)

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    1. Thanks for adding that additional comment, Ashley! It definitely puts the finishing touch on the bread! Thanks so much for stopping by, and taking the time to leave your comments!!!

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  15. Yummy bread-I love ginger and the frosting with the candied ginger looks over the top delicious!!!

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  16. How cute is this gingerbread loaf!! Love it! I am sure it tastes wayyy better than Starbucks =) The fluffy frosting is making me want some right now so bad!

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    1. Hi Kristi! Thanks so much for stopping by! Yes, I have to admit it is better than Starbucks! Have a great day!!!

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  17. Yum!! This gingerbread loaf looks sensational and also very festive! Can't wait to make this recipe in the coming days before Christmas :)

    We have nominated A Cup of Mascarpone for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award - http://www.honeyandlulu.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/liebster-blog-award-wonderful-team.html
    Congratulations! You really deserve it!

    Have a great day,

    Chloe & Sarah

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    1. Hi Chloe and Sarah! So nice to see you stop by! As always, thank you for your sweet comment! Would love to hear what you think, if you have a chance to make it! Merry Christmas!

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  18. This looks absolutely delicious, Carole! I have to add this to my Christmas baking!

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    1. You really should, Jessica! It's simple to make. I wound up making 3 batches for gifts in the disposable baking pans...they're the greatest invention ever! :)

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  19. I actually haven't had the starbucks version but I bet yours is 10000000x better! I can't wait to make these and give them out as holiday gifts. Or devour them all myself :)

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    1. Hi Chung-Ah! Thanks so much for stopping by! You may wind up devouring them yourself! :) Have a great weekend!

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  20. Oh my goodness! I found your blog from Pinterest. Wow! I can't wait to this recipe & the cherry almond streusel coffee cake... and... and...
    Jackie :)

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    1. Hi Jackie! So happy you found me on Pinterest! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment!!!

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  21. Made this today using stewed plums ((simply cut up plums cooked down in a pot))in place of applesauce and almond extract in place of orange... and only about 1/8 tsp. cloves and 1 tsp. ginger and it was great according to my mom!

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    1. Sounds absolutely delicious, Nicolette!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  22. Can these be frozen? And if so, can I frost and then freeze? Or do I need to frost right before it's being eaten?

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    1. Hi Anon! Yes, this loaf freezes great. It can be done either way with the frosting. I've done it both ways with great results.

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  23. I am ridiculously obsessed with the Starbuck's Gingerbread Loaf (it's a sickness, really).
    I was just googling to see when it comes back and came across this recipe. Thank you so much! Can't wait to try it!

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    1. LOL! You and me both, Anon! :) Thanks so much…hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!!

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  24. I just wanted to let you know that I loved the recipe. I was out of applesauce, but I cooked two apples with a bit of cinnamon. This made about 3/4 cup of applesauce, so I filled the rest with apple juice, and it was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe! Mindy CT

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    1. Mindy, thanks so much for updating your results, and your great improvising! Sounds wonderful! So happy you liked it! I trust you will making it a lot this fall/winter, like me! :) Carol

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  25. DELIA.ROSARIO@YMAIL.COMNovember 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    can you mail me your loaves??? hahah no more gingerbread loaf in NYC :( :( !

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    1. LOL! Wish I could, Delia! They are very easy to bake, however! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by and posting your comment!!

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  26. Very festive looking. where did you buy your disposal bakeware?

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    1. Thank you! The bakeware is from Welcome Home Brands. You can purchase them at a number of home stores, supermarkets, and online...ie - Amazon. Enjoy!!

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  27. made this today, looks good , frosting is delishous!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karlie! Thanks for stopping by to let me know how much you enjoyed it!

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  28. OMG. This was FABULOUS!!! I cannot wait to taste it after it sits for a day or two. Thank you!!!

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    1. You're very welcome!! So happy you like it!!! Merry Christmas!

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  29. I am going to bake these to use as family and neighbor gifts. How long will they keep without freezing once I frost them? And should I store them in the fridge? Thanks!

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  30. Hi Anon! Thanks for your inquiry, and so happy you're making these! Yes, store in fridge after frosting them because of the cream cheese - also because they taste even better chilled. If you are giving them out after a day or two of making them, leave them in the fridge, otherwise I would freeze them. They thaw out quickly, and will be freshest for your gifts. Hope this helps!

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  31. Very nice recipe! I don't like orange so just used a good vanilla. I didn't put the frosting on and its still great! My daughter moaned when she walked in after school and could smell it.

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  32. This recipe was Great! Thanks for sharing.

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol