Learn how to make Gingerbread Cake, which is one of my favorite Christmas Recipes! This cake is moist and flavorful and makes the perfect holiday dessert.
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Table of Contents
- Make a Gingerbread Cake with Whole Grain
- What Spices Are Best for Your Gingerbread Cake?
- How Can You Decorate Your Gingerbread Cake?
- The Modern Pioneer Cookbook
- More Christmas Recipes
- Download Your Free 36-Page Pantry List
- Grind Your Own Flour with the Mockmill
- Kitchen Academy Videos
- How to Make Gingerbread Cake Recipe
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Make a Gingerbread Cake with Whole Grain
This Gingerbread Cake recipe is completely adaptable to using all-purpose flour or whole grain flour. As with so many richly-flavored cakes, gingerbread lends itself beautifully to being made with whole grain flour.
I’ve explained the adaptation details in the recipe below, but here’s the quick tip. Whenever you want to adapt a recipe that calls for all-purpose flour and turn it into a whole grain flour recipe, just substitute 3/4 cup of whole grain flour for every 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Or you can keep the flour measurements the same but you’ll need an extra 1/4 cup of liquid for each cup of whole grain flour used.
What Spices Are Best for Your Gingerbread Cake?
In my recipe video, I’ll show you how to make this soft, spicy old fashioned gingerbread flavored with:
If you’re feeling a little experimental, you can add in other spices like nutmeg. Plus, you can even add chopped crystallized ginger for an extra kick of flavor!
How Can You Decorate Your Gingerbread Cake?
This gingerbread cake recipe creates a cake that has the taste of the holidays and is perfectly served topped with a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of homemade whipped cream.
But to make this a truly special Christmas dessert, be sure to add some adorable holiday cake toppers! My favorites include Santa and his sleigh, evergreen trees, and holly with berries.
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More Christmas Recipes
Now that you’ve learned how to make Gingerbread Cake, try your hand at some other wonderful seasonal recipes that are perfect for gift giving or entertaining.
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Grind Your Own Flour with the Mockmill
You can make your Gingerbread Cake with store-bought flour, and it’ll turn out great. But did you know that you can also make your own homemade flour for this recipe and all the baking recipes that you enjoy making year-round?
When it comes to electric grain mills, after I did A LOT of research, I decided to buy a Mockmill. And am I so happy I did! The Mockmill is a very affordable but beautifully crafted German-made mill that stone grinds grain with settings ranging from 1 to 10—fine to coarse ground grain.
Learn more about Mockmill electric grain mills for making fresh flour and their Flake Lover’s Flaker that flakes whole grain in minutes. (This is not a sponsored post, I bought the Mockmill products that I show you, and I’m a happy user of their devices in my kitchen.)
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How to Make Gingerbread Cake
- 8×8 or 9×9 Baking Dish, greased and floured
- 1 1/2 cups Whole grain flour You can also use 2 cups all-purpose (plain) flour.
- 1/4 cup Dried cane juice (whole sugar such as Sucanat) You can also use 1/4 cup granulated sugar (white sugar).
- 1 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Fine ground sea salt You can also use table salt.
- 2 teaspoons Ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground allspice
- 1/2 cup Butter, unsalted This is equivalent to 8 tablespoons or 1 stick of butter.
- 3/4 cup Molasses Don't use blackstrap molasses.
- 1/4 cup Brewed coffee You can substitute this ingredient with instant coffee or water.
- 1 large Egg
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- Powdered sugar, optional You can sprinkle the powder sugar for a delightful snow decoration.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the molasses to the melted butter. Mix well and then pour this mixture into the dry ingredients in the bowl. Mix to moisten the flour.
- Add the water or coffee.
- Whisk together the egg and buttermilk, and then pour this mixture into the bowl. Stir the coffee, egg, and buttermilk mixture into the batter to incorporate.
- Once smooth, pour the batter into the prepared pan. (If preparing this by hand without an electric whisk, there may be some lumps in the batter. Press them out with your spoon or spatula the best that you can. But do not worry if a few lumps remain. The cake will bake correctly.)
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or longer, until the sides of the cake pull away slightly from the edges of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
- Turn the cake out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Once completely cooled, transfer cake to a serving plater or cake stand and decorate with powdered sugar.
- Serve with just the powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.
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