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Gingerbread Cake with Butter Sauce

5 based on 2 reviews






  • 2 1/ 3 cups flour
  • 1/ 2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/ 2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3/ 4 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/ 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/ 4 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/ 4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • icing, if desired
  • Butter Sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/ 2 cup butter
  • 1/ 2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


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.

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    I made this cake for the first day of the year. My whole family loved that cake! It is an excellent recipe. I bought the same mould for this occasion.

    There are a few gingerbread recipes on this site but this is hands-down the BEST! It is requested by family and friends every year. Very rich and Christmas-y, full of spicy goodness. The butter sauce is luscious.
    Best of all, it is very simple to throw together.
    After it cools I decorate with white piping around the figures.
    It has been a holiday favorite for years.

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