Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour pan; set aside. In large bowl, combine all ingredients except butter sauce, icing and whipped cream. Beat on medium speed, 3 minutes, scraping bowl often. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Serve warm with butter sauce and whipped cream if desired; or let cool completely and decorate with icing.
To make butter sauce, heat ingredients in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Serve warm over individual servings of gingerbread. Serves 8-12.