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Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf Recipe

Starbucks gingerbread loaf recipe that tastes just like the one you buy! Great dessert to bring to parties or treat yourself during the holidays.

starbucks gingerbread loaf

Ok I am obsessed with Starbucks gingerbread loaf and had to find a way to make it at home!! When the red cups arrive at Starbucks the gingerbread loaf usually comes out too and it is my favorite holiday treat! Here’s an easy copycat Starbucks gingerbread loaf recipe so you can make it at home too. (originally published 12/15)

Honestly, I had most of the ingredients at home. One thing I especially love about this gingerbread loaf recipe is I substituted applesauce for oil. In some recipes it doesn’t work too well but in this one it makes it even moister than others I’ve made.

This, our zucchini gingerbread loaf, and our gingerbread dough for cookies every year are a must.

Gingerbread loaf recipe
Starbucks gingerbread loaf recipe

This is great to serve with Starbucks sous vide eggs at the holidays or give as gifts. I made mini loaves as well as cupcakes.

You will want two bowls, one for sugar and butter and the other for dry ingredients. I used a hand mixer to cream the sugar and butter together and not have it lumpy.

Then you will add the baking soda in with the applesauce and then add that to your butter mixture, from there you add your dry ingredients.

I based this off this recipe but used an already made frosting and added orange zest to make this gingerbread loaf recipe, enjoy!

Gingerbread loaf recipe

Starbucks gingerbread loaf

  1. Loaf pan
  2. Flour
  3. Sugar
  4. Applesauce
  5. Butter
  6. Baking soda
  7. Orange and zest
  8. Spices, gingerbread spice can be added for a stronger flavor
  9. Frosting – I used canned frosting and put into a ziploc bag to squeeze on top

Starbucks gingerbread loaf cupcakes

Starbucks gingerbread loaf
  1. Follow the recipe below
  2. Use muffin liners – here are Christmas muffin cups
  3. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until middle springs back when touched lightly

They come out so moist and have a great spice cake or gingerbread flavor that is not overpowering, they really do taste very much like Starbucks gingerbread loaf!!

gingerbread cupcakes

I don’t go thru the trouble of making my own frosting because quite frankly I think cream cheese frosting off the shelf tastes just like the frosting Starbucks.

Put it in the fridge before I want to use it, spoon it into a ziploc bag. Cut it at the corner and squeeze it on to look pretty.

Add a few sprinkles and gingerbread cookies and you’re ready to go. I use the same technique to make our Starbucks pumpkin scone recipe too.


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Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf

Starbucks gingerbread loaf recipe that tastes just like the one you buy! Great dessert to bring to parties or treat yourself during the holidays.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, copycat, gingerbread, loaf, starbucks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 199kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Add flour, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in 1 bowl. 
  • Add butter and white sugar in another with orange extract. 
  • In a small bowl add applesauce and baking soda in bowl, mix, and add to sugar mixture. 
  • Use mixer to make sugar mixture smooth. Mix dry mixture well and add slowly to butter mixture. 
  • Use mixer to make smooth. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes in a loaf pan or until toothpick in middle comes out clean, muffins take about 22 minutes or until middle is done.
Nutrition Facts
Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 173mg8%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thursday 9th of November 2017

HI, Ummm where’s the ginger in the recipe other than in the mixing directions? Is it fresh ginger, candied ginger, ground dry ginger and how much?

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