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Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Cake

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 55 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 9" cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This gingerbread cake with molasses cream cheese frosting is dense and spicy. Loaded with raisins and cranberries, this is an easy holiday cake to make. And eat!


Units Scale

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan

2 cups grams all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger

1/2 T fresh ginger or ginger from the tube

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup unsulfured molasses

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 cup golden raisins, soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes and drained

1/2 cup chopped cranberries

Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting

4 T room temperature cream cheese

2 T room temperature butter

1 T molasses

1 t vanilla extract

2 c powdered sugar

Pinch of ginger and cinnamon (optional)


Place a rack in the middle of the oven and heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch cake pan and line with parchment. Butter the parchment.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, ginger, baking powder, pepper and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together molasses, sugar and melted butter. Add eggs, and whisk well. Stir in raisins and cranberries.

Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold the dry ingredients into wet ingredients until incorporated and no streaks of flour remain. The batter will be stiff. Spread batter into prepared cake pan, smoothing the top.

Bake until a testing skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Run a knife along the edge of the cake, and, once cooled, transfer to a serving platter. Slice into wedges and frost if desired.


Combine softened butter and cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer until fluffy.

Stir in molasses and 1 t of vanilla.

Stir in powdered sugar and spices if you are using.  (If you prefer your frosting thicker, add more powdered sugar. If you prefer it thinner, add 1 T of milk.) I always sprinkle the powdered sugar into the bowl through a sieve to avoid lumps. You can also sift it if you have a sifter.


Originally found in the New York Times but modifications are from me.

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