Traditional Gingerbread Cake Recipe

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Make this easy beautiful spice cake dusted in powdered sugar. A Traditional Gingerbread Cake Recipe is perfect for any occasion.


  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (light is fine too)
  • 1 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • Powdered Sugar for Dusting (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (optional but adds a sticky, flavorful, moistness to the cake)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F. Use a 9×9 baking pan. I used a round, but you could use a square too. Butter the pan and dust it in flour. Set aside.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar using a Kitchen-Aid or other mixer. Beat until fluffy.
  3. Add the molasses and stir again until blended.
  4. Next add the egg and vanilla extract and mix again.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.
  6. In small batches, add your dry ingredients to your sugar and butter mixture. Mix the ingredients in thoroughly, but be careful to not overblend.
  7. Slowly stir in the boiling water and applesauce.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake!
  9. Bake at 350°F for around 40 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time. The cake is ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool before dusting or slicing. To dust, use a fine mesh colander and a tablespoon or two of powdered sugar. Gently tap the sugar through the colander across the cake.

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