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Ginger cake recipe

Updated: Dec 13, 2022

I was at a reception recently and ginger cake was one of the dessert options. It was my first time trying it and I fell in love. Fast forward to this week – I wanted to recreate the scrumptious dessert and found the perfect recipe for it! This recipe is gluten free but you can use the exact same ratios for a non gluten free cake.

Makes 1 9x9" cake


1 1/2 cups GF flour (with xantham gum)

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsps ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 cup melted butter

2/3 cup dark brown sugar (1/2 cup for less sugar)

2/3 cup molasses

2/3 cup boiling water

1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Grease a 9 inch square pan with butter.

  3. In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients and then set aside.

  4. In a larger bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, molasses and boiling water. Let the mixture cool down a bit and mix in the egg.

  5. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and mix well, until there are no lumps.

  6. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 35 minutes. The edges should darken and the middle will be firm to the touch. Let it cool and then cut it into 16 or more pieces and enjoy!

  7. I do want to make a note that the cake is slightly sweet and you may want to reduce the sugar content if you prefer less sweetness.

Happy baking!


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