Homemade with a short cut. . . starting with a yellow cake mix is easy. Adding ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg spices up the cake!
Grease a gingerbread boy cake pan or 3 8" cake pans.
Preheat oven to 350º.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, add all of the ingredients.
On a medium setting, mix the ingredients for 5 to 10 minutes.
Pour into the prepared pans. If the gingerbread pans are different shapes, fill up half way. This allows for proper rising of the cake.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes for the 8" rounds. Adjust the baking time for smaller or larger cake pans. Insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake. When it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
Remove from the oven and place on wire racks to cool. Place a wire rack on top of the cake pan. Flip over.
Allow to cool completely. Transfer to a serving piece.
Decorate with gumdrops, peppermint sticks, holiday candies, and royal icing.