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Simply Delicious Gingerbread Cake

Updated on May 15, 2015

It's Easy To Make Gingerbread Cake, Anytime

When I think of baking, and especially in the cooler months, this cake recipe always comes to mind. Gingerbread cake is a tasty, moist spice cake bursting with the flavors of ginger, cinnamon and molasses. While this cake can be enjoyed year round, it is the most special from October through December.

I also like that this cake is very versatile to have for dessert, snack time or even breakfast. Gingerbread cake is delicious by itself, but if you add a caramel sauce and some whipped cream it becomes a delectable gourmet dessert.

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Gingerbread Cake Recipe


This is a simple recipe for a special occasion or a weeknight dinner. Gingerbread cake always rises to the occasion!

My favorite thing about this recipe is that I usually have these ingredients on hand. So when I have the urge to bake, there is no making a grocery list or running out to the store. I am already to go and get baking!

Serving Size

Serves: 8

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Helpful Kitchen Gear - for Gingerbread Cake and more.

Trudeau Melamine Mixing Bowls, Set of 3
Trudeau Melamine Mixing Bowls, Set of 3

A great bowl set for everyday mixing. Love the colors too!



  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup) room temp
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 inch round cake pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
  4. In another mixer bowl, cream butter and brown sugar.
  5. Add molasses and egg, beating until a creamy consistency.
  6. Add flour mixture and boiling water alternately until combined.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and bake 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool before serving.

Durable Cake Pans for the Best Gingerbread Cake

Cuisinart AMB-9RCK 9-Inch Chef's Classic Nonstick Bakeware Round Cake Pan, Silver
Cuisinart AMB-9RCK 9-Inch Chef's Classic Nonstick Bakeware Round Cake Pan, Silver

A quality pan from Cuisinart that is also dishwasher safe.


Where Did We Get The Ginger In Gingerbread Cake?

A Bit of History

Gingerbread has a long and varied history throughout the ages starting with ginger root.

When ginger was brought to the Roman Empire from the India, the spice was widely sold for its medicinal uses.

Centuries later ginger was being used in baking, specifically gingerbread during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, in the 16th century.

Today ginger is grown in many tropical countries and is so delicious in gingerbread cake.

ZYLISS Dessert Knife
ZYLISS Dessert Knife

Fabulous knife for slicing cakes, pies and other desserts.


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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Hadn't thought of gingerbread in years, but now I will have to make one. Your recipe looks delish and easy to make too. Mom used to make it with a lemon sauce poured over it. Looking forward to trying it.

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      BrightDaysAhead 4 years ago

      I LOVE Gingerbread Cakes and reading about yours makes me want to make one right now! Thanks for posting such a yummy lens!

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Whipped cream (not the stuff from the can) is the best with gingerbread.

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      Your recipe sounds great :)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I love Gingerbread cake. This makes me want some.

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      atomicgirl24 5 years ago

      Sounds positively delish!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I'm ready for cold weather, hot chocolate, and gingerbread cake. Thanks for sharing this recipe!