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Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Glaze Recipe
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Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Glaze
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  • READY IN 45 mins

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Glaze

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"If you're looking for a new addition to your holiday dessert table, I hope you give this a try. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 1 cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease and lightly flour a 9-inch square baking pan.
  3. Whisk flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and Chinese five-spice powder in a bowl.
  4. Stir sugar, molasses, oil, and egg into flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Pour in boiling water and whisk until the batter is smooth and shiny, about 1 minute.
  6. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Tap pan gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
  8. Mix powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a bowl until sugar dissolves.
  9. Pour lemon juice mixture over cake while cake is still hot. Spread the mixture around with a spatula to ensure even distribution. Let cake cool completely before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 11, 2012

Very easy and not too sweet - perfect with a scoop of ice cream. If the cake sank in the middle it was either under cooked - check with a tooth pick in the center or your batter was too wet. Mine took exactly 35 minutes.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 21, 2012

It was too much molasses for us. It was just okay. I would not make it again. I had the same problem like some of the other reviews, it sank in the middle, not a lot, but did just a bit. But it was not undercooked in the middle or anything like that. I kept it 6 minutes longer than the recipe said but likely that is just my oven.

Apr 19, 2012

Not quite sure what to rate it. The taste is fantastic but the cake was sunken in the middle and it was very crumbly... Updated: I live at 6000ft and I believe that the ingredient combination here is rather difficult for high altitude. I tried the Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread recipe from here also and that worked at over 7000 ft. So, if you live at high altitudes, I might suggest using the proportions in that recipe and the adjust the spices according to your tastes.

Oct 22, 2012

Brilliant! Not too sweet, and the glaze is amazing. Made according to recipe and it turned out great.

Dec 21, 2013

I really liked the molasses flavor and spiciness of this cake! I think the lemon glaze is also a nice touch - it makes it feel a little fancier, but you can still put whipped cream on it. I made it twice, exactly as directed, and 35 mins was a perfect cooking time.

May 12, 2013

Ilove this simple recipe. I will change this-no boiling water, no molasses, no spice except almond extract- 1/8 tea. 2 tablespoons dry ground ginger, fresh Tumeric in grinder 6 tablespoons. MMM.

Nov 27, 2012

For me, there was just too much molasses, if I make this again I will half it. Otherwise good flavor.

May 22, 2013

This is a great recipe. I've used it a lot of times by now, start last Christmas, because everyone is keep on asking for it :D


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  • Calories
  • 355 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 57.5 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 13.1 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 384 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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