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Gingerbread Man Cake Decorating Ideas

This gingerbread man cake is cute and tasty! He is sure to delight the kids and will become a festive addition to your holiday celebration. Serve him to your guests with a cup of hot cocoa!

Gingerbread is one of the quintessential holiday treats! I’ve teamed up with some blogger friends to bring you our best gingerbread ideas. Be sure to check out their yummy gingerbread recipes at the end of this post!

Inspiration for a Gingerbread Man Cake

Last weekend, I came across these gingerbread man cake pans at our church holiday bazaar. They appear to be somewhat vintage, and for $1 each, I couldn’t resist! I knew that I’d be making a gingerbread man cake!

How to Make a Gingerbread Man Cake

I found a gingerbread cake recipe online, and followed the directions with one minor adjustment…I only used half of the molasses and substituted the other half with maple syrup. Why? I wanted the cake a little sweeter and a little more moist. I was very pleased with the result!

Gingerbread Man Cake Decorating Ideas

Once the cake is baked and cooled, flip it over on top of a cutting board and remove it from the cake pan.

If you greased the pan well it should loosen and come out pretty easily.

A little bit of the cake stuck to the pan, but it wasn’t that noticeable.

To decorate the cake, I used Wilton white cookie icing in a squeeze bottle.

I started by outlining along the edges of the gingerbread man. If you want, you could frost the cake with brown frosting first.

The gingerbread man cake pan created indentations for the eyes and mouth. I just filled them in with frosting.

There were also indentations for buttons. I filled those with frosting and added red M&M “buttons”.

Finally, I added some wavy lines on the arms and legs for interest.

What a happy and handsome gent!

Gingerbread Man Cake

This gingerbread man cake is cute and tasty! He is sure to delight the kids and will become a festive addition to your holiday celebration. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas cake
Servings: 6
Calories: 225kcal


  • Electric hand mixer
  • gingerbread man cake pan


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup molasses unsulphered
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup hot water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 gingerbread man baking pans with cooking spray.
  • Using an electric hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg, molasses and maple syrup. Mix well by hand with a wooden spoon.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir with a wooden spoon.
  • Slowly stir in the hot water and mix until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the greased baking pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

More Holiday Desserts

These Coconut Apricot Bars are not only delicious year round, but they make a great addition to holiday cookie trays!
Old Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies taste like Christmas in every bite! They are amazing with a cup of coffee on a cold afternoon.
This Ginger Banana Bread with glazed icing would make a perfect holiday hostess gift! My friend Niky from The House on Silverado made this scrumptious treat.
Allison from Darling and Dapper Life made these adorable gingerbears! Check out her post to learn how to make the actual cookies.
Cindy from Cloches and Lavender shared her yummy White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti recipe. I can’t wait to make a batch!

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  1. Did your batter fill both pans? I have my grandmother’s gingerbread man pan and am going to try this for Christmas.

  2. This turned out so cute and the recipe sounds absolutely delicious! What a great find you had in those $1.00 pans!!

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