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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

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This Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake is the perfect addition to your holiday dessert menu. Rich homemade gingerbread is easy enough to whip up that you can make this any day of the week. Top gingerbread cake with a perfect complimentary homemade cinnamon frosting for the ideal decadent but simple holiday dessert.

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Single slice of old fashioned gingerbread cake on a white plate with frosting

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

This cake recipe takes me back to a time spent in the kitchen with my grandma baking during the holidays.  The sweet brown sugar and molasses combination with ginger smells so wonderful when cooking.  You will fall in love with not only how simple this recipe is, but just how good it is fresh from the oven.

What is Gingerbread Made Of?

Gingerbread has a very specific and unique flavor combination. This dessert whether it is in cookie or cake form, brings together ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, anise, and cardamon in any combination and is usually sweetened with molasses, corn syrup, honey, and brown sugar. There are variations to different recipes. This recipe uses molasses and brown sugar as the sweeteners and uses ginger and cinnamon to bring out the gingerbread flavor.

Can I Freeze Gingerbread Cake?

This cake is easy to freeze so that you have a gingerbread cake whenever you want it or when you have more cake than you can eat before it goes bad. If you are making this cake specifically for the freezer, you might want to wait to frost it until you are ready to serve it. It will make storing slightly easier.

However, if you do not want to have to frost the cake later, you can still freeze this cake with the frosting. If you are freezing the cake with the frosting, you will want to freeze the cake, unwrapped, before you freeze the cake wrapped. This will let the frosting become frozen and then it will not stick to the plastic wrap. When you are ready to thaw the cake, you will want to remove the plastic wrap before it thaws.

Old fashioned gingerbread cake on a white plate with cinnamon frosting

Ingredients for Gingerbread Cake Recipe

  • Unsalted butter
  • Water
  • Light brown sugar
  • Molasses
  • Egg
  • Flour
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Powder sugar
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Heavy whipping cream

How to Make Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

For this cake recipe, you will begin by preheating your oven and spraying the baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.  You will also line the baking pan with parchment paper.

Begin by adding the butter to a large mixing bowl, then add boiling water over the butter.  Set this aside for a few minutes, and then whisk it together until the butter is fully melted.

Next, you will add in the brown sugar, molasses, and egg, whisking until well combined.

Slowly add in the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, and continue whisking until the batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake as directed.

To make the frosting, you will beat together all of the ingredients until smooth and fluffy.
Wait to frost the cake until it has cooled completely.

A slice of gingerbread cake on a white plate with holiday decor in the background

Servings: 12

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
 
This Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake is the perfect addition to your holiday dessert menu. Rich homemade gingerbread is easy enough to whip up that you can make this any day of the week. Top gingerbread cake with a perfect complimentary homemade cinnamon frosting for the ideal decadent but simple holiday dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C water boiling
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar loosely packed
  • 1/2 C molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Cinnamon Frosting

  • 3 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 6 C powder sugar
  • 1 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3-6 tbsp heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prep baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Line the baking pan with parchment paper.
  4. Add the butter to the large mixing bowl. Pour the boiling water over the butter in the bowl. Set the bowl aside for a few minutes. Whisk the butter and water until the butter has melted.
  5. Add the brown sugar,molasses, and egg to the bowl. Whisk until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  6. Slowly add the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk until smooth.
  7. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes (Or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean)
  9. Set aside to cool.

Frosting Directions

  1. Using a standing mixer, beat together all ingredients
  2. Beat frosting ingredients until smooth and fluffy
  3. Cut into pieces.
  4. Can serve with dollops of frosting on top.
Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 864 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat 56g86%
Saturated Fat 35g219%
Cholesterol 161mg54%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 274mg8%
Carbohydrates 93g31%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 78g87%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1729IU35%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

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