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Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Cake

The rich, moist and fragrant goodness of this gingerbread feels just right for Thanksgiving – or even for plain ol’ giving thanks (that’s for you, Canada). However you like it, you’re gonna like this. Bake it right before family arrives, and they will be captivated by the smell.

We start, as we usually do, with your basic dry ingredients, then we add molasses.

Then some pure maple syrup. You’re gonna want to use the good stuff here.

Honey’s next.

Some packed brown sugar.

Softened butter.

An egg.

Some warm water.

And some oil.

Then pour the smooth batter into the prepared pan.

 And enjoy. 😋

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 1 9-inch cake


2 1/2 cups (350 g) all-purpose gluten-free flour

1 1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar

1/2 cup (109 g) packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses

6 tablespoons (126 g) pure maple syrup

4 tablespoons (56 g) honey

8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 egg (50 g, weighed out of shell) at room temperature, beaten

1 cup (8 fluid ounces) warm water

2 tablespoons (28 g) vegetable oil


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan and set it aside.

  • In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and granulated sugar. Whisk to combine well.

  • Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, honey, butter and egg, mixing to combine after each addition. Add the water and oil, and mix well.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the pan in the center of the preheated oven, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with, at most, a few moist crumbs attached (about 30 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


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  • Jessica Douga on Facebook

    I love gingerbread!!!! And I love cake:)

  • Angie Culp on Facebook

    That looks devine!

  • Kamila Roslerova Williams on Facebook

    I love gingerbread cake! It reminds me home. Thank you.

  • Pamela G

    Have a LOVERLY weekend, Nicole…I’ll be baking and smiling…because Scott loves it when I bake…and he’s decided he loves you, too! Thanks!

    • Nicole

      You, too, Pam. Tell Scott I love him, too. And Molly. Who wouldn’t love a gluten-free dog? ;)
      xoxo Nicole

      • Pamela G

        :) Mollycake’s loves you too!!! that is as long as she can be a tester…which I daresay she is here!

  • Linda

    Am going to be all over this one, Nikki. Add gingerbread to my weekend–and blackstrap yes! I was so happy to find GF blackstrap molasses a while back. Can’t beat the taste! Years and years ago, my grandma made gingerbread cake. If there was any left the next day (big ‘if’), she would make a lemon syrup to liven it up a bit–delicious.

    • Nicole

      Oooh lemon syrup sounds amazing with gingerbread cake, Linda. Sign me up!
      I love blackstrap molasses, too. So does my husband. He’ll eat anything with that deep, rich flavor in it. Love the nostalgia!
      xoxo Nicole

      • Brian

        Did somebody say “black strap molasses”?!??!?!

        • Nicole

          That’s what it took for you to post a comment on the blog. 2 1/2 years blogging, nothing. Blackstrap molasses, and you jump in?
          You ate this last night, hon. You loved it.
          xo Nik

  • Tracy Meissner on Facebook

    Oh my goodness, I was DYING for a good gingerbread recipe just the other week. THANK YOU!!! :)

  • I forget sometimes how much I love gingerbread and everything you put in there sounds delicious. I’m going to make this soon. Big fan of blackstrap molasses and maple syrup. Have a fantastic Turkey Day, Nicole! Hugs.

    • Nicole

      Great, Lisa. Thanks for stopping by, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Pamela G

    all this molasses & gingerbread talk makes me think of soft molasses cookies my gram used to make….i have to hunt down the recipe….and convert…. (I MIGHT just share….). with a good cup of java…mmmmmmm. Makes me smile thinking of her!

    • Nicole

      Food is so nostalgic this time of year, isn’t it, Pam? I love it!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Donna

    This looks like a wonderful recipe! I’m planning on making it sometime in the near future. With just the two of us it takes awhile to finish a dessert.

    • Nicole

      Hi, Donna,
      This would definitely freeze well. Or you could even make the whole recipe, and bake only half of it. Freeze the rest of the batter in a freezer-safe container (I really like the new Ball plastic screw-top freezer containers), and then bake the rest later. Or you could also bake the whole thing, slice into squares, and then freeze half. One way or another, you should have this cake! ;)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU! I just started looking for a gf gingerbread recipe and here it is. Back in my days of eating all things gluten, I would make a Paula Deen gingerbread trifle for Thanksgiving. Very delish, and now I can make it even better with this recipe. Yay!

  • Kat

    OH NO you di-int!
    gingerbread cake?
    for realz?!!!
    your my favorite 4-ever!

    • Nicole

      Aw, shucks, Kat. ;)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Theresa R

    I love this – I love the ingredients, the lightness and the smell…. but mine never cooked all the way through! I did 30 minutes and then another 10. And then I thought it was done but only the outer part was done – the middle was mush. So I put it back in until the top was pretty burnt but still the inside is very wet, not at all as crumbly beautiful as your picture. I’m not totally disappointed in it because it’s edible, just not something I’d take to someone’s house.

    • Nicole

      Hi, Theresa,
      If your cake didn’t bake through, it is one of a few things. First, your oven temperature might be off. Second, many of the so-called all-purpose GF flour blends out there are really anything but all-purpose. Sorry it didn’t work out as you had hoped. :(
      xoxo Nicole

      • Theresa R

        I’ve always thought our oven had a cooler temperature, since everything always requires the maximum amount of cooking (as in 12-15 minutes for cookies will be 15 or 17 minutes for me). I did use Better Batter – I love using Better Batter for your recipes – it just works. I still love the flavor and I’m not giving up… maybe I’ll try it again if I’m not distracted by another post of yours with something else delectable to bake!

        • Nicole

          So strange, then, Theresa. I’m really stumped. Thanks for checking back in. I was going to close comments on this post, since it’s from last week, but I wanted to make sure you had an opportunity to check back in. :)
          xoxo Nicole

  • amy

    I made this recipe this past weekend. It was good. . . and, I even left the butter in the microwave. ha ha. I practically made it fat free too, all on accident. oops. ha ha ha ha ha

    • Nicole

      Oh, no, Amy! I’ve definitely done that before. Then, I go to use the microwave, and I have no idea where that butter was meant to go. So funny. Glad you enjoyed the fat free version. The one with fat is even better. ;)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Julia

    Just made this cake- it is SO good! It is very light and has just the right amount of spices. Thank you Nicole for another awesome recipe. Now. must. try. not. eat. the. whole. thing. mylself :)

    • Nicole

      So glad, Julia. Thanks for letting me know!
      Go hide it from yourself. :)
      xoxo Nicole

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