No holiday party is complete without a showstopper cake and my Gingerbread Layer Cake with Cranberry Fig Filling and White Chocolate Buttercream is just the cake for it! Decorated with gingerbread houses, sparkling sugar to look like snow and snow-tipped trees, people will ooh and ahh over the cake and say it is simply too pretty to eat—which it almost is.
But you must eat it! Moist and not-too-sweet gingerbread layer cake is filled with sweet, tart cranberry fig and frosted with a creamy white chocolate buttercream. The white chocolate in the buttercream adds a touch of sweetness to balance out the tartness of the filling and spicy bite of the gingerbread.
Bring Gingerbread to the Party
The gingerbread houses are a fun whimsical touch to the cake. You can use all the pieces of the houses to create house “fronts” to go around the cake. Make sure to save a few to make into houses: one for the top of the cake and a few more for your holiday table. You can even have a gingerbread decorating party before you make the cake.
I was going to make the gingerbread train to go around the bottom layer of the cake, but when I saw how huge the pieces were to the train, it was going to be bigger than the actual cake! On second thought, the train would be better for a display piece on your dessert table or mantel this holiday season. The houses are perfect for the cake, and I used side and roof pieces for house fronts and even a few garages. The sky is the limit with decorating these houses!