a slice of gingerbread cake and a spoonful of whipped cream on a plate with the rest of the cake in the background
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5 from 4 votes

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake a simple, moist & easy Christmas Cake Recipe. Served with a spoonful of whipped cream makes it perfect. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 454kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 2 1/4 cups flour (cake/pastry flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger (optional)
  • 2 eggs beaten


  • 1 cup cream (whole or whipping)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan. 


  • In a medium bowl cream butter, then gradually add the brown sugar and the molasses and beat to combine, then add the hot water and combine.
  • In another medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger (if using).
  • Add the flour mixture in 3 parts to the creamed mixture beating after each addition.  Then add the beaten eggs.  Beat to combine.
  • Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely before serving.  Serve with a spoonful of Cinnamon whipped cream.  Enjoy!


  • In a medium bowl add cream, cinnamon and sugar, beat until stiff.


Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 237mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 424mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 895IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3.1mg