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Old Fashioned Gingerbread

Adapted from American Cake.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Christmas, dessert, holiday recipes, party food
Servings: 8
Author: Suzanne Cowden


  • Gingerbread
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • For Serving
  • Hot Lemon Sauce
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream


  • Preheat oven to 375º F. Generously butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • Measure boiling water into a heatproof 1-cup measure with a pour spout. Add baking soda and stir until the baking soda dissolves. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together molasses, sugar, eggs, and butter until well combined. Mix in spices and salt.
  • Add flour and stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth, about 40 strokes.
  • Pour in the water/baking soda mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Add the the batter into the prepared pan; it will be quite liquid. Bake in the middle of the preheated oven until the gingerbread rises and the top springs back when lightly pressed with a fingertip, about 35 to 45 minutes (the gingerbread will bake faster in a metal pan than a glass or ceramic one).
  • Let the gingerbread rest for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and drizzle with lemon sauce.