Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Cake Mix to Spice Up the Holidays

Gingerbread Cake (seasonal)
$2.79 per box

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On November 29, 2017
Last modified:January 1, 2018


So far, we've trialed the Gingerbread Cake Mix, and it was second to none. The warm spices were abundant, the sweetness was just right, and the crumb was just right - not too light, but not too much heft. Read below for full details ...

I’ve seen several Trader Joe’s Baking Mixes on display, some with dairy, some without. But the Gingerbead Cake Mix was the first one that I simply had to purchase. Not only is it dairy-free by ingredients, it is also prepared without dairy. And I love ginger!

Tasting Notes for Trader Joe’s Baking Mixes

As we test more dairy-free  Trader Joe’s Baking Mixes, or get information on them, I’ll add them to this post. And I can guarantee that after tasting this delicious Gingerbread Cake, we will be sharing more.

Gingerbread Cake Mix (seasonal)

It puffed up beautifully as it baked, but it took a full 35 minutes (not the 25 to 30 minutes noted in the directions). And I was a little concerned as it cooled and deflated. But despite its humble appearance this cake is a showstopper.

The ginger and other spices permeated every bite for a very warm flavor that was surprisingly cohesive. It was dotted with crystallized ginger, but the pieces were small and not sugary, which kept the sweetness at the perfect level. And the crumb wasn’t fluffy, but it wasn’t heavy either. In fact, it was every bit as tender as I would hope for gingerbread.

Trader Joe's Baking Mixes Review (Dairy-Free Options) - Gingerbread Cake picturedDo you want to know about that pretty whipped cream on top of the cake? It’s Trader Joe’s Dairy-Free Coconut Whipped Cream!

Essential Details of Trader Joe’s Baking Mixes

Trader Joe’s Baking Mixes are shelf stable and usually sold near the sugar and other baking ingredients. As we get details for the mixes, we’ll add them here.

Gingerbread Cake Mix (seasonal)

  • The ingredients are Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, malted barley flour), Sugar, Crystallized Ginger (ginger, sugar), Molasses Powder, Modified Cornstarch, Spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutemg), Dextrose, Salt, Soybean Oil, Baking Soda, Natural Flavors.
  • The preparation calls for 1 large egg, 1/3 cup water, and 3/4 cup oil. I think you could safely swap 1 egg replacer to make this cake egg-free and vegan. They do call for vegetable oil specifically, but any baking oil should work well. I used grapeseed oil.
  • It is certified Kosher Dairy, which means it is probably made on equipment that produces other dairy-based products. This could indicate a higher risk for cross contamination. There is also an allergen note that this product “may contain traces of milk, egg, almond, pecan, walnut.” As always, you should contact the manufacturer if potential cross-contamination with any allergen is a concern.

Trader Joe's Baking Mixes Review (Dairy-Free Options) - Gingerbread Cake pictured

The Facts on Trader Joe’s Baking Mixes

Availability: Trader Joe’s Baking Mixes are sold exclusively at Trader Joe’s stores in the United States.

Certifications: Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Cake Mix is Certified Kosher Dairy, but this does not mean it contain dairy in terms of ingredients. See our Kosher Guide for more details on the different certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Cake Mix is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free (but an egg is called for in the preparation), nut-free, peanut-free, vegan (but an egg is called for in the preparation), and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit your local Trader Joe’s store or contact them directly via their website at

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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