The winter season brings to mind the smells of gingerbread baking and delightful treats from the kitchen.
For many years I handmade giant gingerbread men for my friends children, and when I had my own, I made the same cookies for them.
Gingerbread men cookies are a holiday tradition in my family. This year, however, I decided to change it a little. The kids are older and not so interested in decorating cookies.
Gingerbread Cake Recipe
Unwilling to give up the delicious gingerbread flavors of the traditional cookie, I decided to make a gingerbread cake.
I think this is a new tradition for my family! The cake was not only very easy to assemble but bursts with the ginger and molasses flavors found in the cookies.
My family loved this cake and devoured it the same night! I barely captured photos of it before the cake was gone.
It is moist, full-flavored, and definitely satisfies winter and holiday spice cravings.
- 1/2 C butter – softened
- 1 egg
- 1 C molasses
- 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 C hot water
- Preheat oven to 350′ F. Grease a 9″ x 9″ glass pan.
- Cream together the sugar and butter until smooth. Add egg and beat thoroughly. Add molasses and mix completely.
- Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a bowl. Slowly add to creamed sugar and butter. Mix well scraping sides of bowl as needed.
- Slowly add hot water to mixture. The hot water will turn the “dough” into a batter.
- Pour into glass plan.
- Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour until toothpick placed in center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan before cutting and serving.
- Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, or powdered sugar.
Enjoy this delightful cake with a cup of tea, mocha, coffee, or cocoa. Your family is sure to ask you to make it over and over again.