The Best Gingerbread Cake Recipe – Easier than Store-Bought

Are you craving cake? No need to run to the store, here is the recipe for the best gingerbread cake. This is the best gingerbread cake recipe because it’s easy (beginner) and does not use difficult ingredients or steps.

Are you looking for gingerbread recipes? Try my gingerbread cookie recipe. Perfect for cut-outs with just the right amount of snap & spice.

Imagine Christmas trees, pretty packages, cinnamon spice, reindeer, coal, and little Elves all wrapped up and shoved in your face. That’s what this is; Christmas. And if you have never made homemade gingerbread, then you must stop what you are doing right now because gingerbread cake is where it’s at. For real, stop and get this homemade cake recipe made up this weekend!

gingerbread cake ingredients

Key Ingredients:

  • Ground ginger. I mean…the ginger in this cake is sooo good. I often double it because my family loves the flavorNutmeg is a good substitute for ginger if you don’t have it.
  • Shortening. Shortening gives this cake a softer, airier texture than butter generally does. But feel free to sub butter for the shortening, adding an extra tablespoon of butter
  • Packed brown sugar. Use dark brown sugar for a stronger flavor, if you have it. But light brown sugar works great, too!
  • Molasses. You can’t skip this one! If you rarely use molasses and want to use up the rest of the jar, try adding just a teaspoon to your coffee, add a bit to your barbecue sauce, add a bit to your pancake mix, or even your smoothie. Molasses packs a punch of warm spices in a tiny amount. 

How to make gingerbread cake

  • Grease a 9-inch round or square pan (go ahead and use a smaller one if needed, just increase your time by about 10 minutes to account for the deeper pan).
  • Whisk the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, salt, & baking soda together. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer,  beat shortening & molasses until fluffy (about 45 seconds give or take).
  • Add egg & vanilla and beat for 1 minute.
  • Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients and beat until combined.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and beat until combined.
  • Add remaining flour mixture and stir just until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes (use the toothpick method to check!)
homemade gingerbread cake recipe


…And shove your face full of Christmas. Make an extra batch so you can bring Christmas to your neighbor, grandma, or friends.

Try it with vanilla ice cream and topped with caramel saucemaple syrup, or honey. Or serve it with whipped cream or cream cheese frosting for the absolutely perfect dessert.

Sticky, spicy, and sweet. So yummy!

Gingerbread Cake recipe

| 8 slices
Prep Time | 15 minutes
Cook Time | 35 minutes
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This is a simple, traditional gingerbread cake recipe full of flavor!


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening if subbing butter, use an extra tablespoon of butter. So 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
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  • Grease a 9 inch round or square pan (go ahead and use a smaller one if needed, just increase your time by about 10 minutes).
  • Mix flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, salt, & baking soda together. Set aside.
  • Beat brown sugar, shortening & molasses until fluffy (about 45 seconds give or take).
  • Add egg & vanilla and beat for 1 minute.
  • Add 1/2 of the flour mixture and beat until combined.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and beat until combined.
  • Add remaining flour mixture and beat just until combined.
  • Pour into pan and bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes (use the toothpick method to check!)


Serve warm (but not burning hot) with whipping cream and cinnamon!!
This tastes great re-heated the next day!!
NOTE: This recipe makes 15 yummy cupcakes!


Calories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 233mgPotassium: 380mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 2mg
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1 thought on “The Best Gingerbread Cake Recipe – Easier than Store-Bought”

  1. 5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe! It made my house smell like Christmas! The flavors in this cake are on point. I would make this again and again.

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