Gingerbread Cake Recipe

Gingerbread cakes



Some of you had asked me what will be my dessert for Thanksgiving. This year it will be a Gingerbread cake because I love spices.


Smelling spices reminds me of my home when I was growing up. In the Fall we could smell cinnamon all over the house as my mom would prepare apple pies, apple crisps & apple compote. In the winter the house would be filled with allspice & cloves when she was cooking tourtière.

This gingerbread cake is moist with buttermilk & molasses. I usually prepare a cream cheese icing for this cake. Some people prefer to only dust it with powdered sugar.




Gingerbread Cake:

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose unbleached flour (11 1/4 ounces), plus more for dusting pan
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder
8 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted, then cooled to room temperature
3/4 cup mild molasses
3/4 cup granulated sugar (5 1/4 ounces)
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk

Directions:
1. Oven at 350F. Put parchment paper into a 11 by 7-inch baking pan.

2. On a piece of wax paper mix together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and cocoa. (if using wax paper you do not need to wash another bowl)

3. In a large bowl beat butter, molasses, and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in egg until incorporated. Gradually add buttermilk and milk until combined.

4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients; beat on medium speed until batter is smooth, about 1 minute. Do not overmix. Spread batter into pan.

5. Bake about 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool at room temperature. Serve ice cream or icing (recipe below).


6. You can keep this gingerbread in fridge for up to 5 days when you wrap it in foil. It can also be frozen for up to 2 months.


ICING: For the icing mix milk and powdered sugar together until you like the consistency. Spread on top of gingerbread.













79 comments

  1. OH! The buttermilk. Such a great idea. It would really do wonders for such heavy flavors to still have a light, fluffy texture. Delish.

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  2. Oooh, a giveaway! And I'm Canadian!

    OK, my favourite Thanksgiving menu involves TURKEY and STUFFING! The best parts of the meal! I can live without mashed potatoes, but I love Brussels sprouts with a Thanksgiving meal. Gravy, of course. And for dessert, I love pumpkin pie. A pumpkin cheesecake is a suitable substitute, though!

    Thanks Helene! Your cake looks amazing! Gorgeous picture!

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  3. My menu will be classic American Menu. This is mandatory according to my son. Once a year, he really want to eat like the American eat on Thanksgiving. So, I wouldn't even dare to miss his Pecan Pie for example.

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  4. I also love spices ... not a childhood memory though but a fantastic discovery in the many years we spent in Asia. I have plenty of spices that friends bring me from all over the world!

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  5. YOur gingerbread cakes look beautiful and my moth's watering at all the spices that have gone into it.

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  6. Beautiful and sweet are those spice jars, mmmm

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  7. A beautiful Gingerbread Cake and wonderful jars full of spices!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. I can smell the gingerbread baking already. I love the fall!

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  9. Superbe photo Hélène.. et je me sens encore chanceuse d'avoir les mêmes fleurs:)

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  10. Gingerbread cake is a perfect ending to Thanksgiving dinner! I like the cream cheese icing too.

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  11. Why didn't i live in Canada :-)
    Beautiful cake and i just love that wonderful white frosting you have there.
    Beautiful and i can imagine the wonderful aroma and taste from all that mixture of spices in that cake.

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  12. Gingerbread is perfect for Thanksgiving; it combines the color and flavors of Fall. I'm bookmarking.

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  13. love the spices in the cake,must smell heavenly:)

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  14. wow your photos are always so crisp and clear, wonderful. tres fab!
    you know for thnaksgiving I love to bbq a turkey, not into the traditional, but love to kick it up a few notches with either a brine or a bbq.

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  15. JUST GORGEOUS Helene...just too darned gorgeous. Love your pictures! Wish I was in Canada? Does a US address count? Love the beautiful cake!

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  16. Your cakes look fantastic and I know deep down, everyone likes getting their own individual cake.

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  17. I believe this cake is your most beautiful ever and that's saying a lot because everything you make is gorgeous.
    Sam

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  18. What a lovely cake. While everything you make is gorgeous, I especially love this one. Gingerbread has been a favorite of mine since childhood. I'll be trying this really soon. Have a wonderful day.

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  19. What gorgeous cakelets! I love the spices of fall and winter too, so intoxicating.
    Great Canadian give-away! I believe my entry is in a prior post.
    Mmm, you have me dreaming of turkey dinner now...

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  20. I never had gingerbread cake but from your description must taste really yummie...definitely would give a try :-)

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  21. The glaze looks really good over the cake. My favourite thanksgiving dinner menu is definitely turkey with stuffing. I also like glazed carrots, sweet potato and apple pie.

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  22. Beautiful! I love how you've decorated the gingerbread cake. Totally agree with you that the buttermilk and molasses keep the cake so moist. I am especially biased to recipes that call for buttermilk/yoghurt.

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  23. I am not from Canada but I can tell you that cake would be a huge hit at my house. Ginger is a big favorite and it looks terrific!

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  24. Those sound perfect! They look so beautiful...

    Cheers,

    Miette.

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  25. Your cake looks delicious, and I love cream cheese frosting! This must make the house smell amazing as it bakes.

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  26. This is a lovely Gingerbread! One of my favorites, although I've never had it with cream cheese icing. I bet the flavors together are amazing!

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  27. the cream cheese frosting is essential for me, but i'm sure it's a lovely cake without it. :)

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  28. My favorite Thanksgiving menu is the basic turkey, potatoes, stuffing, veggies, rolls and apple pie for dessert.
    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. That cake sounds delicious. I love spiced up desserts. I bet it will be a hit at your Thanksgiving :)

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  30. Ah, wish I was in Canada! :P

    The gingerbread cake looks absolutely stunning. I don't think I've ever tasted a gingerbread cake before, and now I'm wondering what I've been missing all these years...

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  31. ooooo i think i would have a very happy family for the holiday. this looks great!

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  32. What a great dessert for Thanksgiving time! I can just smell your kitchen right now, so warm and wonderful with that gingerbread smell. Makes memories all on its own. So pretty the way you have styled it, too.

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  33. I love gingerbread anything. I've bookmarked it - my whole family will LOVE it.

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  34. That looks sooooo good! I love those flavours, too; reminds me of fall, and perfect with a cup of tea.

    My thanksgiving menu is always the same: roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, turnips, carrots, and plenty of mustard pickles and/or chow. Mom usually makes butterscotch pie for dessert.

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  35. I always thought that turkey belong to Christmas just because my mother always did it that way so my own tradition is just to cook with what is fresh and available in the fall season and harvest... so usually Duck breast with a fruit sauce would be on the menu. Warm soup (squash based) for the first course and we are so "stuffed" at the end of all this than I don't bother with dessert (I know it's a crime in some houses) but a good selection of cheeses with porto closing the evening once we have room for more food...

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  36. Gingerbread is one of my favorite things!!! This looks and sounds so wonderful, especially with the cream cheese frosting!!

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  37. That is the best looking ginger bread cake I've ever seen, and I bet that buttermilk makes it yummalicious!

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  38. I bet everyone will love this this Thanksgiving.

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  39. Mmm this cake looks wonderful! I love spiced baked goods. For some reason when I clicked to come here from Google Reader it said there was a trojan horse virus on your website. Maybe from one of your ads?

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  40. Wow that is one drop dead gorgeous gingerbread cake! So tantalizing! You're killing me here; cream cheese icing! Yikes! Doesn't get better than that!

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  41. hummmm ton cake est tout simplement superbe !!!!!

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  42. Awesome looking cake... I love gingerbread, and this looks like a gorgeous way to enjoy it.

    (not in Canada... alas! But I'm looking forward to maple brined turkey this holiday... my favorite)

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  43. oh this does sound sensational helene! love the flavors and the frosting really rounds it up!

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  44. My favourite Thanksgiving menu is mainly 'the fixin's' as I'm not a meat eater. The carnivores in the family get turkey and ham, but I love the Cranberry Carrot Saute, mashed potatoes, crusty rolls with homemade cranberry chutney, stuffing (cooked outside the bird, please!), peas and sweet potatoes. Not much protein, but I eat lots of nuts as a snack that day. Oh, did I mention pumpkin pie! That's a must!

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  45. I really like this sort of cake and your photo is amazing, perfect!

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  46. Helene,
    I know I don't qualify for the giveaway since I live in the USA but I wanted to comment on your gingerbread cake. Looks wonderful and I would love to have that on my table at Thanksgiving. I also love yams with marshmallows and the turkey stuffing.

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  47. Oh man, I wish I lived in Canada! Can I volunteer one of my friends to win in my stead if my comment gets picked? He lives in Vancouver! :)

    I am madly in love with gingerbread. The presentation you have here is sooo romantic! :)

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  48. I can't freaking believe we are starting to think about Thanksgiving dishes. Just seems like yesterday we were debating New Years Eve spreads.

    Where did the year go????

    Awesome job!!!

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  49. Yay! What a great Canadian giveaway! The meal definitely has to centre around Turkey and stuffing. Of course there has to be mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie!

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  50. Hey I am Canadian. My favourite Thanksgiving dinner is Roast Turkey with Old-Fashioned Dressing and Shallot Gravy, Boursin Mashed Potatoes, Peas with Mint, Maple Syrup Sweet Potatoes and for dessert Pumpkin Cheesecake with Streysel Topping.

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  51. Too bad I'm not in Canada. Love a roast turkey and scallop potatoes. Gingerbread cake looks amazing!

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  52. mmm gingerbread! yum yum yumm!!! this looks insanely delicious! I'm so excited i found your blog! Its one of y new favorites! I'll be back often :)
    Mini Baker

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  53. Ooh too bad I'm not in Canada! Love the spices in the picture, going to bake your gingerbread cake first thing tomorrow!

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  54. Yay for being Canadian!

    Hélène, this cake looks divine. Our holiday menu has always included post-meal (and post-dessert - second dessert?) triple-ginger cookies. Perhaps this year the gingerbread cake can subsitute.

    For the main meal, our menu of choice is atypical: we do potatoes and glazed carrots and yams, but also crêpes filled with broccoli in a mustard-maple-cheese sauce (rather than turkey). Yum!

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  55. Fabulous ginger cake Helene!

    I love spice cakes and especially moist ginger cakes. The cream cheese frosting sounds fabulous.

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  56. Gasp. What a stunning looking cake. I'd happily eat a piece of that any time of the year!

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  57. These look SO beautiful! I'll have to test them out before the holidays :)

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  58. Oh yum! I will be making this today! Perfect for a chilly day.

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  59. i just made this cake early this morning and it is fabulous. i added a fresh lemon icing and my family loved it! thanks so much!

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  60. This is simply beautiful!!! Such gorgeous photography that does justice to perfect cakes.

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  61. The cake looks and sounds amazing! Your pictures are just getting better and better! Nice Job!

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  62. Ca m'a l'air d'etre un gateau traditionnel de chez vous ca! en tout cas, il est superbe. Je ne connais pas tres bien les gateaux a base de gingembre mais ca doit etre tout a fait delicieux!

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  63. Great photo! And your petite cakes are perfection!

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  64. Oh, this is brilliant! Of course I adore gingerbread cookies, but I don't recall ever having/making a gingerbread cake.

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  65. Those gingerbread cakes look so good!

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  66. Hi, I just found your blog through Flickr. This gingerbread cake looks AMAZING. I love the influx of warm, spicy baked goods that make their way into our bellies as the weather grows cooler, and this cake definitely looks like a winner! You take such beautiful photographs by the way. Very glossy magazine worthy! ;)

    Hope you have a great thanksgiving!

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  67. This looks amazing - but can you please post the icing recipe? It looks like a cream cheese glaze. Is that the consistency?

    Thanks!

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  68. Tara: you prepare a recipe of your favorite cream cheese icing. A good one would be:

    2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Mix well together.

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  69. I'm not sure if I've gone blind, or the recipe is no longer available. I can't find it on the page. :(

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  70. This is the kind of cake I want to make for the holidays - the recipe looks like the best I've seen I'd like to try this one!!!

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  71. I have to try and make this! My Mom would love it

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  72. My grandmother made gingerbread all the time- memories :)

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