Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread
Photo of Gingerbread © Diana Rattray
  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 9 slices (9 servings)
Ratings (26)

This is an old-fashioned gingerbread cake made with molasses and spices. Top this gingerbread with whipped cream and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted before measuring
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk (1 teaspoon vinegar and enough milk to make 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup hot water

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
  3. Stir in melted butter, molasses, egg, and buttermilk or sour milk.
  4. Beat in hot water.
  5. Pour batter into a generously greased and floured 8-inch square pan.
  6. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until cake springs back when lightly touched with finger.

Serve gingerbread with whipped cream or lemon sauce.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 293
Total Fat 13 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Unsaturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 52 mg
Sodium 363 mg
Carbohydrates 44 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)