Gingerbread Fortress Bundt Cake

Forget about gluing hard pieces of gingerbread together, make a bundt cake instead.
Ginger Fortress Cake
Gingerbread Fortress Bundt Cake

Gingerbread Fortress Bundt Cake with Nativity and Santa on his Way

A Great Alternative to Gingerbread Houses

For years, I have been thinking about making a gingerbread house.  When I was growing up in Germany, the bakery downstairs had an amazing nativity set in their display window.  All people and animals were made from marzipan, the buildings were made of gingerbread, and the snow was spun sugar.  It must have taken them days to make it all.  My mother would get me a marzipan apple if I was really good.

A few years ago, at a garage sale, I found a castle shaped Nordicware bundt pan.  It languished on my shelf until I had the brilliant idea to use it to make a gingerbread cake. There is no need to assemble anything, so no need to make royal icing.  Piped buttercream works perfectly.  This cake tastes better if it can sit for a day without being disturbed.

Gingerbread Fortress Bundt Cake

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Ginger Fortress Cake

Gingerbread Fortress Bundt Cake

Forget about gluing hard pieces of gingerbread together, make a bundt cake instead.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 558kcal
Author: Adrienne Boswell


-- Cake --

  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 tablespoons gingerbread spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup Butter, 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoon Candied ginger , minced
  • 1 cup water

-- Glaze --

  • 1/3 cup Apple Brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon gingerbread spice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

-- Gingerbread Spice --

  • 2 1/2 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon Mace

-- Icing --

  • 1/2 cup Butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar , sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon Gingerbread Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Brandy
  • 1 tablespoon Milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 10- to 12-cup bundt-style pan. I used the Castle bundt pan from Nordicware.
  • Chop the candied ginger finely.
    Gingerbread Fortress Bundt Cake
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, gingerbread spice, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl after each addition. Stir in the molasses. Add the candied ginger.
  • Add the flour mixture in three additions alternately with the water, starting and ending with the flour. Mix just until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  • Bake the cake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the cake is baking, make the glaze by stirring together the water spice and sugar. Set aside.
  • Remove the cake from the oven, cool it in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack.
  • Brush the cake with the glaze, and allow it to cool completely.
  • To make the icing, beat the butter until fluffy, then add the remaining ingredients. You will have to use your eye for this - if it's too thin, add more sugar, too thick, add more milk. Put the icing into separate bowls to color whatever colors you want to use, then put into a piping bag and have fun decorating your cake. Use more powdered sugar to make snow on the ground.


You don't have to use Apple Brandy, you could use brandy, or water if alcohol is a concern.


Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Fortress Bundt Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 558 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 185mg8%
Potassium 359mg10%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 66g73%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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