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Classic Gingerbread Cake

Sweet molasses and warming spices come together to create this ultimate holiday Classic Gingerbread Cake!!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas baking, gingerbread, gingerbread recipe, holiday baking, molasses
Servings: 15
Calories: 249kcal


  • 9 X 13 cake pan


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 1 cup molasses unsulphured
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Grease a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream together granulated sugar and butter until light and fluffy
  • Add slightly beaten egg and molasses, mix well until combined.
  • In a medium size bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet mixture in three batches. Stir to combine with spatula, batter will be thick.
  • Slowly add hot water to batter and stir and until smooth. Batter will be very thin.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool slightly in pan on wire rack. Slice into sqaures and serve warm with whipped cream, powdered sugar, or vanilla ice cream. Or eat it plain!!


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Serving: 1slice | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.9g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 6.7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 261mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 25.6g | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg