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How to Make Gingerbread Cake

Learn how to make a moist and flavorful Gingerbread Cake that makes the perfect holiday dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Christmas Recipes, Gingerbread, Gingerbread Cake
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Mary's Nest


  • 8x8 or 9x9 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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