Mini gingerbread naked cakes

These mini gingerbread cakes are moist, full of festive flavour and topped with caramel. They’re the perfect treat this Christmas.



Note: + Cooling time



  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) treacle
  • 1/2 cup (110g) dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (60g) almond meal
  • 1 tbs ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
  • 250g butter, extra
  • 3 cups (480g) icing sugar mixture
  • 1/4 cup (80g) Coles Bake & Create Caramel Dulce De Leche



Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan with baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang. Combine the butter, treacle and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until the mixture is smooth. Set aside for 5 mins to cool. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the combined flour, almond meal, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, allspice and cardamom. Stir to combine. Stir in the egg and buttermilk. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.


Bake for 30-35 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


Meanwhile, use an electric mixer to beat the extra butter in a bowl until very pale. Gradually add the icing sugar, beating well after each addition. Beat in the dulce de leche. Place in a piping bag fitted with a 5mm plain nozzle.


Use a 5cm round pastry cutter to cut 16 discs from the cake. Use a small serrated knife to trim the top of each cake disc to level. Pipe half the icing evenly over half the cake discs. Top with the remaining cake discs and press down gently. Pipe over remaining icing. 

Serve with salted caramel topping, thyme sprigs and rosemary sprigs.

Upsize your cake: to make a large naked cake, cut the gingerbread cake in half to make 2 rectangles. Pipe over buttercream and decorate to serve.

Dietary information


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