This traditional gingerbread cake recipe has been around for a very long time. An old family friend we called Memere use to make huge batches of this cake. She made it ahead and always had a tin cake can full of it on her cupboard beside the coffee pot. As a teenager us kids would visit her and she always had this cake for us. We thought this cake was so good we never even thought about. Memere never used a recipe, but she wrote this one out for me. I love it plain just as it is, but you can serve it with whipped cream and caramel sauce as well.
With Christmas on the way I decided to share it with you. This cake is super moist with a strong molasses flavour, it isn’t too sweet. This Gingerbread recipe does not contain milk, instead it uses boiling water to thin both the thick molasses and the batter out.
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Traditional Gingerbread Cake Ingredients
1 cup white sugar
1 cup melted butter (can use oil)
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 – 1 cup molasses
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
½ tsp ground cloves
1 cup boiling water
Grease and flour a 9 by 13 inch pan. Preheat oven to 350F.
Place a small pot of water on to boil.
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the vanilla.
Mix the molasses with the 1/4 cup boiling water then dissolve the soda into the mixture. The soda will fizz from the reaction with the boiling water. (The molasses mixture at this point looks like a very dark hot chocolate.)
Stir then add to the butter mixture.
Place the flour, baking powder, salt and spice in a medium size bowl. Mix to distribute the baking powder and spices. Add to the butter and molasses mixture.
The cake batter will be very thick and shiny, it reminds me of brownie batter.
Add boiling water, mix until blended and smooth. Pour into cake pan.
Bake for 35-45 minutes.
Gingerbread cake is very versatile, its a classic Christmas recipe but can be enjoyed all winter. You can serve it plain just as it is, or with whipped cream and a little cinnamon sugar.
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups water
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
In a small pot add the brown sugar, flour and salt. Mix and add the water.
Cook over medium heat until thick about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add the butter and vanilla. Stir and serve with the gingerbread cake.
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Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup butter melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4-1 cup molasses
- ¼ cup boiling water
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Grease and flour a 9 by 13 inch pan. Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the vanilla.
- Mix the molasses with the 1/4 cup boiling water then dissolve the soda into the mixture. Stir then add to the butter mixture.
- Place the flour, baking powder, salt and spice in a medium size bowl. Mix to distribute the baking powder and spices. Add to the butter and molasses mixture.
- Add boiling water, mix until blended. Pour into cake pan.
- In a small pot add the brown sugar, flour and salt. Mix and add the water.
- Cook over medium heat until thick about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Add the butter and vanilla. Stir and serve with the gingerbread cake.