Make Homemade Gingerbread for your family and friends! Flavored with molasses, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, you’ll enjoy this simple recipe!
Make Homemade Gingerbread for your family and friends! Flavored with molasses, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, you'll enjoy this simple recipe!

Do you like old-fashioned gingerbread? I sure do, but many people think this slightly sweet, spiced cake is ONLY a Christmas dessert.

The thing is, homemade gingerbread is so delicious it can be served ANY TIME of the year. The warm spices of cinnamon, cloves and ginger give great flavor to this cake, and dark molasses adds a distinctive taste, as well.

Guess what? Homemade gingerbread is SO EASY to make! It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare the batter, and then the gingerbread bakes for 35 minutes. That’s it! Here’s how you can make this dessert any time you crave it!

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Make The Gingerbread Batter

Use an electric mixer to beat soft butter on medium speed until it becomes smooth and creamy, then add granulated sugar.

Continue beating this until the sugar and butter are fully combined. Add a large egg and a cup of molasses to the butter mixture. 

Soft butter and granulated sugar are beaten together until creamy.An egg and molasses are beaten into the butter/sugar mixture.

Beat well, until the molasses and sugar are fully incorporated into the batter, and then set the batter aside.

The gingerbread batter is now ready for the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, whisk all purpose flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt together until blended. 

Dry ingredients (flour, spices, etc.) are whisked together in a large mixing bowl.

Combine Wet And Dry Ingredients

Add these dry ingredients alternately with hot water a little bit at a time to the batter. Doing this in small amounts ensures flour doesn’t fly all over the kitchen. 

Use electric beaters on LOW to mix the dry ingredients and hot water after each addition. Repeat this twice, until the dry ingredients and hot water have been incorporated into the batter.

Dry ingredients are slowly added to the gingerbread batter to combine.Hot water is added to dry ingredients and gingerbread batter.

Time To Bake Homemade Gingerbread

Grease and flour a 13″ x 9″ cake pan. Pour the gingerbread batter into the prepared pan, and spread the batter evenly, to distribute. Bake the homemade gingerbread in a preheated 350°F. oven for 35-38 minutes.

Check the gingerbread to see if it’s done at 35 minutes by inserting a toothpick into the middle. If the toothpick comes out clean and batter-free, then the gingerbread is finished baking. 

Let the gingerbread cool (still in the pan) on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving. You can serve gingerbread warm, or at room temperature!

Homemade gingerbread batter in a greased/floured cake pan.A 13" x 9" pan of freshly baked homemade gingerbread.

Serve The Homemade Gingerbread

When you’re ready to serve the gingerbread, slice and then transfer each piece onto a serving plate.

Dust each piece of homemade gingerbread with sifted powdered sugar and add a dollop of whipped cream on top, if desired. Serve, and ENJOY!

Homemade gingerbread, with powdered sugar and whipped cream on top.Slice of homemade gingerbread, served with whipped cream, on a white plate.

I hope you enjoy this delicious homemade gingerbread, and trust those you share it with will love it, too! You can store the gingerbread at room temperature for up to 4-5 days, or it can be frozen for later use.

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5 from 1 vote
Homemade Gingerbread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Make Homemade Gingerbread for your family and friends! Flavored with molasses, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, you'll enjoy this simple recipe!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: homemade gingerbread
Servings: 15
Calories Per Serving: 239 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter , softened (1 stick)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup HOT water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease and flour a 13" x 9" cake pan. Set aside.

  2. Use electric mixer to beat butter (medium speed) until creamy; add sugar. Continue beating until sugar/butter are fully combined. Add egg and molasses; beat well, until fully incorporated into batter. Set aside.

  3. In separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt together until blended. Add these dry ingredients alternately with hot water to the batter (a little bit at a time). Use electric beaters on LOW to mix dry ingredients and hot water after each addition. Repeat twice, until all dry ingredients and hot water are incorporated into the batter.

  4. Pour batter into prepared pan; spread evenly, to distribute. Bake at 350°F. for 35-38 minutes. Check it at 35 minutes by inserting a toothpick into the middle. If toothpick comes out clean/batter-free, gingerbread is done. Let gingerbread cool (still in pan) on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

  5. To serve, slice and transfer each piece onto a serving plate. Dust each piece with sifted powdered sugar and add a dollop of whipped cream on top, if desired. Serve, and ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Gingerbread
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/15th of total))
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 250mg11%
Potassium 360mg10%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 208IU4%
Vitamin C 0.01mg0%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments on Homemade Gingerbread

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious. This recipe was easy to follow and turned out so well.
    We love it and served eggnog alongside. A perfect pairing.

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