Apple Butter Gingerbread Loaf with Apple Butter Cream Cheese Spread

apple butter gingerbread loaf

I have been using a lot of apple butter lately.  I love it!  Honestly, I did not give apple butter much thought at all until a couple of months ago, when I attended a blogger event called Big Summer Potluck and, as a participant, had the opportunity to enter an apple butter recipe contest. I had never considered apple butter as an ingredient before, but it opened up a whole world of possibilities! You can check out two of my apple butter recipes, Broccoli and Snow Pea Salad with Apple Butter Dressing and Sweet Garlic Basil Sausage and Halloumi Kebabs, if you are interested in seeing what else I have cooked up!

Recently Musselman’s sent me some apple butter and offered a new focus…to put a new spin on a classic recipe using apple butter.  I decided that I wanted to come up with a recipe that would fit right in with the fall and winter holidays coming up.  Musselman’s Apple Butter has such a wonderful blend of apple flavor and aromatic spices, I thought it would make a great ingredient in gingerbread.

I considered making gingerbread cookies or cake, but ultimately went with the idea of a gingerbread loaf.   It came out incredibly moist and flavorful, and I didn’t even need to use any oil!  Thing 1 and Thing 2 both loved it, as did DH.  And it was so easy to make, I will be using this recipe to make teacher’s gifts and to take to holiday parties as hostess gifts this year!

Some other recipe notes:  I used white whole wheat flour (for a little extra kick of fiber), and also Zulka Pure Cane Sugar, which is a natural sugar that does not go through the conventional sugar cane refining process and thus retains more of a complex sweet flavor that is closer to the flavor of actual sugar cane.  I love the way it tastes!

This loaf was so delicious, we enjoyed a few of the slices without anything on them at all.  However, I whipped up an easy spread using Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese wedges and apple butter, which was a nice sweet and creamy addition. 

For disclosure purposes, a sample of Musselman’s Apple Butter was provided to me free of charge to use in the recipe.  I am not being compensated to write about the product, and all opinions are my own.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Apple Butter Gingerbread Loaf with Apple Butter Cream Cheese Spread
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The apple butter in this gingerbread loaf yields an aromatic, flavorful, and moist loaf cake. Best served with a sweet, creamy apple butter cream cheese spread!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
For the gingerbread loaf:
  • 4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 and ¾ cups Zulka Pure Cane Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup Musselman's Apple Butter
  • 1 and ½ cups milk
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
For the apple butter cream cheese spread:
  • 2 wedges Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread
  • 5 teaspoons Musselman's apple butter
For the gingerbread loaf:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, apple butter, milk, and maple syrup.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Pour batter evenly into two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool and remove from loaf pan.
For the apple butter cream cheese spread:
  1. Place the cream cheese wedges in the microwave for 10-20 seconds until softened.
  2. Stir in the apple butter, mix thoroughly.
Nutrition information is approximate. Your results may be different due to different brands/products and measuring differences.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/24th of recipe Calories: 166 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 34 Sugar: 20 Sodium: 153 Protein: 4

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  1. says

    Hey Kristin,
    This bread looks so delish. My all time favorite fall dish would have to be pumpkin bread. Mama would make it in coffee cans ( back when they were metal and you could actually put them in the oven) and give the loaves as gifts. Nothing like it with a hot cup of coffee. I’ll bet this bread will soon become a new favorite too. Thanks for sharing. Kim
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    • Kristin King says

      Thanks Kim! I agree, the loaves are definitely good as gifts. I love when someone gives me a loaf of pumpkin or banana or zucchini bread! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

    • Kristin King says

      Thanks Miss Messy. Hope school is going well for you! I will be stopping by soon to see what you are up to! :-)

    • Kristin King says

      Awww, thanks, Angela! Yeah, apple butter can be used in so many things! I am really into experimenting with it lately. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe at One More Time Events… I just made some apple butter once it is gone I would love to try this recipe.

    • Kristin King says

      Thanks, Kim! I love when I can eliminate an ingredient like that without sacrificing deliciousness! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. says

    Your bread sounds and looks delicious. I’m with you I have never given much thought to Apple Butter and when you mentioned Apple Butter dressing that sounded fantastic. I guess I will have to give it some attention! Thank you for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop. Have a great weekend and hope we see you next week.
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    • Kristin King says

      Haha, I agree Britni! Maybe it is just the pan it gets baked in! But, like you said, either way it is delicious! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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