the BEST Gingerbread cake recipe

easy gingerbread cake recipeImagine 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!

You need to make this easy gingerbread cake recipe today.

And shove your face full of Christmas. Make an extra batch so you can bring Christmas to your neighbor, grandma, or friends and serve it with whipped cream and a bit of cinnamon for the absolutely perfect combo.

Why the distinction between gingerbread cookies and gingerbread?  Because the picture above is gingerbread.  Traditional, old-school, the-way-it-was-intended-to-be-made gingerbread.  While gingerbread cookies are yummy, and we love to make and decorate them, there is something wonderful and different about this version.

And there’s no rolling out of dough involved.

Like our chocolate cake, white bread, and toffee, this recipe is about being the fastest and most quality version. It’s simply the best.  Why mess with something good?

Really, someone explain to me why every time I am on Pinterest I see a new flavor of cake or cookies?

Does anyone make plain ol’ peanut butter cookies anymore? If you just yelled yes…leave a comment with your favorite old-school cake or cookie. I want to make sure I’ve made it and my kids have had it.

Rant over. Enjoy this easy gingerbread cake recipe!

4.5 from 2 votes

Gingerbread Cake recipe

This is a simple, traditional gingerbread cake recipe full of flavor!

Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. 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).
  2. Mix flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, & baking soda together. Set aside.
  3. Beat shortening until fluffy (about 45 seconds give or take).
  4. Add egg & molasses and beat for 1 minute.
  5. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture and beat until combined.
  6. Add 1/2 cup water and beat until combined.
  7. Add remaining flour mixture and beat just until combined.
  8. Pour into pan and bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes (use the toothpick method to check!)

Recipe Notes

Serve warm (but not burning hot) with whipping cream and cinnamon!!
This tastes great re-heated the next day!!

More Christmas/Winter dessert recipe:

Molasses Cookies
Ginger Apple Cookies
Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread Biscotti
Gingerbread Christmas tree

Or perhaps you were just looking for some great, old-time desserts:

Chocolate Cake
Butternut Squash Cake
Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie

What dessert recipe is traditional in your home?



  1. Kim
    October 26, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Made this today and it’s delicious, although I was surprised that it was done after less than 20 minutes! I guess what they say is true, that ovens vary. I’ll be saving this recipe and using it a bunch over the next couple of months. Thanks!

    • Nellie
      October 28, 2015 / 10:09 am

      Wow, that is fast!! Yes it is very true about ovens and slightly unnerving sometimes, isn’t it. I’m glad you liked it! Happy Wednesday!

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