Gingerbread Cake Recipe

Heady with sweet spices, this gingerbread fills all of your senses and leaves you longing for more. A bright burst of lemon in the icing makes this cake sing.
Gingerbread Cake picture


Main Ingredient


 All purpose flour750 Milliliter (3 cups)
 Granulated sugar250 Milliliter (1 cup)
 Ground ginger15 Milliliter (1 tbsp)
 Baking soda15 Milliliter (1 tbsp)
 Ground cinnamon2 Teaspoon (10 ml)
 Salt1 Teaspoon (5 ml)
 Ground allspice1⁄2 Teaspoon (2 ml)
 Ground cloves1⁄4 Teaspoon (1 ml)
 Eggs2 Large (at room temperature)
 Vegetable oil250 Milliliter (1 cup)
 Dark molasses250 Milliliter (1 cup, cooking)
 Boiling water250 Milliliter (1 cup)
 Lemon icing1 Cup (16 tbs) (variation, page 270)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 322 Calories from Fat 106

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 12 g18.6%

Saturated Fat 1.8 g8.9%

Trans Fat 0.3 g

Cholesterol 17.6 mg

Sodium 269.7 mg11.2%

Total Carbohydrates 49 g16.4%

Dietary Fiber 1.2 g4.7%

Sugars 21.2 g

Protein 4 g7.7%

Vitamin A 0.5% Vitamin C 0.24%

Calcium 8.7% Iron 17.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)
13- by 9-inch (33 by 23 cm) metal baking pan, sprayed with nonstick baking spray with flour
1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves.
2. Add eggs, oil and molasses to flour mixture. Using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat for 1 minute, until blended. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl with a spatula. Beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the boiling water and whisk until just blended (batter will be thin).
3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 42 to 47 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. If desired, spread icing in a thin layer over top of cooled cake.

Whole Wheat Gingerbread
Substitute 2 cups (500 mL) whole wheat flour for 2 cups (500 mL) of the all-purpose flour.

Excerpted from Piece of Cake! By Camilla V. Saulsbury © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.