Gingerbread Cake With Stout Buttercream

You'll need about 2 (12-oz.) bottles stout beer for this recipe.

Gingerbread Cake With Stout Buttercream
Photo: William Dickey
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
12 servings


  • 2 (14.5-oz.) packages gingerbread cake mix

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 3/4 cups stout beer, at room temperature, divided

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar

  • Garnishes: toasted pecans, rosemary sprigs


  1. Stir together gingerbread cake mix, eggs, and 2 1/2 cups stout beer in a large bowl until combined. Pour batter evenly into 2 lightly greased 8-inch square pans.

  2. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool on wire rack 1 hour or until completely cool.

  3. Beat softened butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and remaining 1/4 cup stout beer, beating until blended after each addition. Beat 1 minute or until light and fluffy.

  4. Spread stout buttercream between layers and on top of cake. Garnish, if desired.

  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cake & Cookie Mix. We used Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout at one testing and Guinness Extra Stout beer at another.

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