This recipe makes a delightful holiday treat.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-by-13-inch cake pan; set aside. In a bowl, combine boiling water and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, ground spices, salt, and baking powder; set aside.

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  • In an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter until light. Beat in brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in molasses and grated ginger, baking-soda mixture, and flour mixture. Beat in eggs.

  • Pour batter into prepared pan; bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares; dust with confectioners' sugar.

Reviews (10)

346 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 92
  • 4 star values: 122
  • 3 star values: 96
  • 2 star values: 29
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2018
It is great but too molassesy for my taste. I substitute out 1/2c molasses and add 1/2c honey. (makes it way softer and more moist) I also use Bulk Barn 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour and this is my favourite cake of all!
Rating: Unrated
11/17/2014
Loved it! I did not add the grated ginger, I knew we would not like it. Enjoyed this cake very much with a simple dusting of powdered sugar, my hubby loves it with homemade applesauce. I'll be making this one again...and again.
Rating: Unrated
10/25/2013
The flavour of this cake is lovely but I found it too salty to really enjoy. I made it only this morning, and next time will just omit the extra salt and maybe a touch less molasses, but will definitely make again! Plan to whip up some chantilly cream to balance the saltiness, because I still intend to eat all of this!
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Rating: Unrated
12/25/2012
I love this cake with whipped cream! Not too sweet, but with lots of flavor! A new favorite!!
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12/08/2011
I loved this cake! It's not too sweet- it could work for breakfast with some fruit or as a dessert with whipped cream. It was light and moist. I will definitely make it again!
Rating: Unrated
09/29/2011
Super yummy cake - would certainly make it again. I used 1/4 teas cloves & added 1/4 teas allspice and also 1/4 teas ground cardamon, and a few turns of white pepper. Used 1/2 cup honey w/ 1/2 c molasses & subbed 1/4 cup rye flour for the same amount of AP flour. Spicy & delish - great with coffee - the gingery flavor will wake you up!
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Rating: Unrated
06/06/2010
Batter seemed thin, so I added 1/4 cup flour. I don't like a strong molasses flavor, so used 1/3 ea molasses, honey and corn syrup. Great result.
Rating: Unrated
12/19/2008
I make this every year for our family Christmas brunch. My niece fell in love with it when she was five and asks for it every year. It's delicious and easy to make.
Rating: Unrated
12/23/2007
I had a request for gingerbread this Christmas. This recipe was enjoyed by some gingerbread lovers when I made it for Thanksgiving one year. I wouldn't think of trying any other recipe. Couldn't locate the old magazine but fouind it here. Thanks for an easy delicious dessert!
Rating: Unrated
12/14/2007
My family loves this ginger bread. It's been a family tradition for over 8 years as our Christmas dessert. The fresh grated ginger in addition to the ground is a great addition. We dust it with powdered sugar and serve it with whipped cream. The best gingerbread I've ever had or made. Try it. Tina ,CA