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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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:

  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Molasses

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.

Santa with his reindeer and trees on a gingerbread cake.
Santa and his reindeer enjoy a gingerbread wonderland.

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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How to Make Gingerbread Cake

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Learn how to make a moist and flavorful Gingerbread Cake that makes the perfect holiday dessert.


  • 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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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Christmas Recipes, Gingerbread, Gingerbread Cake
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  1. BlueRoses65 says:

    5 stars
    Yummy! I did use black strap molasses and oat and coconut flours. I’m now making lemon sauce to pour over the cupcakes. Takes me back to Grammar School when they served that for dessert! Love it! Thank you!

    1. Mary Bryant Shrader says:

      Hi Blue Roses,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Love and God bless,

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