Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

Sorry for the huge breaks between posts. I’m fighting pneumonia for the second time in a month, and just taking care of the two kids seems to be doing me in most days. That’s not what you’re here for though, to hear me complaining, so lets get to the cake!

Bo and Oliver are huge gingerbread fans, and as I was flipping through a magazine at the drug store, I saw a picture of an old fashioned gingerbread cake, so as soon as I got home I started researching recipes. Most of them that I found used a ton of oil, which I wasn’t thrilled about, or had complaints about it being dry, so I subbed applesauce for it and the cake came out nice and moist. Let’s get to it!

Put your butter and sugar in a large bowl.


Beat them until well combined and fluffy. My helper was very excited about making a cake for Daddy.


Butter and sugar look good.


Beat in the egg.


Add the molasses and apple sauce.


Mix it all up.


Add the flour, baking soda, spices and salt. You really should whisk these together in a seperate bowl first, but my dishwasher still wasn’t fixed at this point and I was trying to keep the number of dishes I had to wash down.


Now, add the hot water, and mix.




Pour it into a 9″ cake pan that you’ve greased, and bake it for about an hour.


It was so delicious. A nice amount of spice to it, but not over powering. I served mine up with some whipped cream with a bit of cinnamon, and some fresh peaches.

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So so yummy, and the kids loved it too.

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Here’s you printable:

Old Fashioned Gingerbread CAke

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Old Fashioned Gingerbread CAke


  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup hot water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350℉ with a rack in the middle position. Grease and flour a 9" square baking pan.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then beat in the molasses and apple sauce.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Mix into the molasses mixture. Stir in the hot water.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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