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Old fashioned gingerbread cake on a white plate with cinnamon frosting
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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 864kcal
Author: Jill


  • 1 large piping bag with star tip
  • 9 x 9 inch baking pan
  • cooking spray
  • Parchment paper
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prep baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Line the baking pan with parchment paper.
  • 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.
  • Add the brown sugar,molasses, and egg to the bowl. Whisk until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  • Slowly add the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk until smooth.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes (Or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean)
  • Set aside to cool.

Frosting Directions

  • Using a standing mixer, beat together all ingredients
  • Beat frosting ingredients until smooth and fluffy
  • Cut into pieces.
  • Can serve with dollops of frosting on top.


Calories: 864kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 1729IU | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg