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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12-15 servings
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American


This timeless gingerbread cake is the epitome of holiday baking, with its bold molasses flavor, aromatic spices, and a moist, tender crumb that will keep you coming back for more!


  • 1/2 cup (114g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (250ml) Fancy molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
  • 2 & 1/2 cups (310g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves (or nutmeg if you prefer)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs

Optional toppings for serving:

  • whipped cream (or vanilla ice cream)
  • caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Butter and line a 9×13″ pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together for 1-2 minutes until well combined. Mix in the molasses. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  3. In a 1-cup measuring cup, combine the baking soda and boiling water, then carefully add the mixture to the batter. Slowly stir to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until well blended.
  5. Whisk the eggs and add to the batter. Mix until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan,
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


Leftovers can be tightly covered and stored at room temperature for 3-4 days.

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