Mom's Gingerbread With Lemon Sauce

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“This is a nice spicy dark gingerbread cake that's kind of dense, but tender. It makes a full, tall cake in an 8" or 9" pan; if you want thinner cake, use a 9" X 13" pan and bake it for less time. I usually serve it right out of my Corningware baking pan, but if you wish to turn it out onto a serving plate, line the bottom of the pan with parchment. I like to use whole wheat flour, and since it is normally moist and dense, it seems exactly the same as all purpose flour. I also switched out butter for the shortening originally called for.”
1hr 5mins
1 cake

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 8” or 9” square pan with Pan Release or non-stick spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment if you will wish to turn out cake onto a serving plate.
  2. Sift together all dry ingredients; set aside.
  3. Combine hot water, molasses, fresh ginger, and vanilla, in 2 cup measuring pitcher; set aside.
  4. Cream butter and sugar in large mixer bowl. Add egg, beat well.
  5. Alternately add dry ingredients and molasses mixture to creamed mixture; stir until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F. for 45 to 50 minutes, until the center tests clean with a toothpick and springs back to a light touch, and the cake is just starting to pull away from the edges of the pan. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.
  7. Cool before serving; serve with lemon sauce or lemon curd.
  9. Cream sugar and butter together in top of a double boiler. Stir in egg. Place over simmering water. Whisk until smooth and glossy. Remove from heat; whisk in lemon rind and juice. Serve warm over Gingerbread.

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