Super Moist Gingerbread Cake Recipe (2024)

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Gingerbread cake is a moist spiced cake. This particular recipe is soft, tender and full of spice aroma of Christmas. This healthy gingerbread can be baked for Christmas.

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1.About Gingerbread Recipe

2.Watch Gingerbread Video

3.Gingerbread Ingredients

4.How to Make Gingerbread (Stepwise Pictures)

6.Frequently Asked Questions

7.📖 Recipe Card

Gingerbread

I have been eyeing on this cake for quite sometime ever since i came across in nigella christmas cookbook. I wanted to try it so badly finally i made in couple days back. don't know about you, but I have an addiction towards spiced cakes. Spices works beautiful in baked goodies specially in cakes. And this is the answer for that.

About Gingerbread Recipe

Ginger bread is simply ‘Preserved Ginger’ referred to a confection made with honey and spices. There are Mixed stories of where it is originated and have different name in German, French and Latin languages. In United states they make lot of ginger bread cake during christmas and it is seasonal food in United states and European
countries.

Making gingerbread house is a famous Christmas tradition in many countries.

The cake is just perfect, you can never get better recipe than this. The cake is so moist, light and mildly spiced and delicious. It is a healthy version. It tasted wonderful warm, enjoy it with some whipped cream or just a dusting of some icing sugar. So good for this time of the year.

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Gingerbread Ingredients

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All Purpose Flour: gives softer cake when using plain flour. Wheat flour can be used but texture may be little dense.

Raising Agent: baking soda and baking powder should be fresh if it is old it won’t make good cake .

Spices : The most important ingredient in your gingerbread cake is ground ginger. Ginger powder adds intense ginger flavour than freshly grated ginger. Along with ginger, cinnamon and cloves is added.

Brown Sugar – reason for moistness of the cake is using dark brown sugar.

Eggs - helps make soft cake and results in better textured cake.

Honey - traditionally molasses is used, but i like to use honey for the sticky caramelized texture.

Gingerbread cake is served with Vanilla or whipping cream topping.

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How to Make Gingerbread Cake Recipe

Wet Ingredients

In a sauce pan, take ½ cup of water and bring it to a boil. Take it off the heat and add in honey and mix well. Now add in baking soda and mix well. Now add in ¼ cup of water and mix well. Set aside so it gets cold.

Dry Ingredients

Now In another bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and mix well. Set aside.

Gingerbread Batter

In another bowl, take oil, jaggery or brown sugar and mix well. Add in egg and whisk well. Combine everything to a batter.

Baking Gingerbread

The batter will be very runny. Pour this batter in the cake pan and bake this for 40 to 45 mins till a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Now remove it from oven and cool it down completely. Slice into squares and enjoy.

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How to Make Gingerbread (Stepwise Pictures)

1)Line a square baking pan with parchment paper and grease it with oil.

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Make Gingerbread Syrup

2)Now take ½ cup of water in a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil and remove it from heat

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3)add in honey and mix well.

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4)Add in baking soda and mix well.

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5)Now add in ¼ cup of cold water and mix well

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6)Set aside till use.

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Mix Dry Ingredients

7)Take plain flour in a bowl.

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8)Add in spice powders. I am using 1tspGround Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Ground Cloves and salt.

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9)Add in baking soda and baking powder.

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10)Mix well and set aside.

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Make Gingerbread Batter

11)Take oil in a bowl.

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12)Add in brown sugar.

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13)Mix well till creamy.

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14)Add in beaten egg and whisk till combined.

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15)Now the mixture is frothy and light.

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16)Add in ⅓rd of the dry ingredients.

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17)Fold gently.

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18)Add in the honey liquid.

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19)Mix well till combined.

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20)Add in the final ⅓rd of the flour mix.

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21)Fold gently till batter is done.

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22)The batter is done. The batter will look liquidy and thin.

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Gingerbread Cake Baked

23)Pour the batter in the parchment lined baking tray. Bake till done.

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24)Bake till done.

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25)Slice into pieces and serve.

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26)Enjoy.

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Tips & Tricks

  • The Batter for gingerbread has to be runny. Runny batter will make the cake so moist and soft.
  • The spices which i used is purely optional. you can add more or less as per your preference.
  • Oil can be used for melted butter.
  • Never over mix your batter, else cake may turn dense.
  • Brown sugar can be substituted for jaggery.
  • Honey can be substituted for treacle, golden syrup.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between gingerbread and ginger cake?

The difference between old fashioned gingerbread recipe and ginger cake is the ingredients. Gingerbread Cake is flavored with warm spices such as ginger, cinnamon and cloves as well as molasses. Ginger Cake main ingredient is the ginger spice. The ginger cake usually doesn't have molasses in it.

What is gingerbread cake made of?

Gingerbread cake is made with basic ingredients like flour, brown sugar, honey, spices and oil.

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Gingerbread Cake | Gingerbread Cake Recipe

Gingerbread cake is a moist spiced cake. This particular recipe is soft, tender and full of spice aroma of christmas. This healthy gingerbread can be baked for christmas.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes minutes

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 215kcal

Ingredients

  • cup All Purpose Flour (150 grams)
  • tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • tsp Ground Cloves
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Honey (120 ml)
  • ½ cup Oil (120 ml)
  • 1 large Egg
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar (100 grams packed, I used powdered jaggery)
  • ½+¼ Water (180 ml)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 160 degree C. Line a 20 cm square baking pan with parchment paper and grease it well with oil. Set aside.

  • In a sauce pan, take ½ cup of water and bring it to a boil. Take it off the heat and add in honey and mix well. Now add in baking soda and mix well. Now add in ¼ cup of water and mix well. Set aside so it gets cold.

  • Now In another bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and mix well. Set aside.

  • In another bowl, take oil, jaggery or brown sugar and mix well. Add in egg and whisk well.

  • Now add in half of the flour mix in and fold gently. Now add in all the honey mix and mix well.Add in the remaining flour and mix well.

  • The batter will be very runny. Pour this batter in the cake pan and bake this for 40 to 45 mins till a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

  • Now remove it from oven and cool it down completely.

  • Now unmould it and peel off the parchment paper.

  • Slice into squares and enjoy..

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Notes

  • The Batter for gingerbread has to be runny. Runny batter will make the cake so moist and soft.
  • The spices which i used is purely optional. you can add more or less as per your preference.
  • Oil can be used for melted butter.
  • Never over mix your batter, else cake may turn dense.
  • Brown sugar can be substituted for jaggery.
  • Honey can be substituted for treacle, golden syrup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servings | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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FAQs

What is the secret to baking a moist cake? ›

Seven Bakery Secrets to Incredibly Moist Cakes Every Time
  1. Use Buttermilk Instead of Milk.
  2. Add Vegetable Oil.
  3. Use Instant Clearjel or Instant Pudding Mix.
  4. Use the Right Recipe.
  5. Don't Overbake.
  6. Bake in Sheet Pans Instead of individual Cake Pans.
  7. Use a Simple Syrup or Glaze.
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What makes a cake moist and soft? ›

10 WAYS TO MAKE CAKE MOIST
  1. USE THE CORRECT TEMPERATURE AND BAKING TIME. Consider lowering your oven temperature slightly when baking a cake. ...
  2. USE VEGETABLE OIL. ...
  3. USE BUTTERMILK INSTEAD OF MILK. ...
  4. ADD INSTANT PUDDING MIX. ...
  5. ADD MAYONNAISE. ...
  6. USE SIMPLE SYRUP OR GLAZE. ...
  7. USE CAKE FLOUR. ...
  8. DON'T OVERMIX.

Why is my gingerbread cake dry? ›

If your gingerbread cake comes out dry, there could be a few reasons. Overbaking the cake, overmixing the cake, or the oven being too hot will lead to a dry cake.

Why are my cakes so moist? ›

The ratio of wet to dry ingredients determines a cake's moisture level. If there's simply too much flour and not enough butter, a cake will taste dry. On the other hand, if there's too much milk and not enough flour, a cake will taste too wet. Finding the right balance between wet and dry ingredients is key.

What makes a cake mix more moist? ›

Add an Extra Egg

Most cake mixes call for two to three eggs. Just one more egg will add extra moisture, fat, and a little protein, which means the cake will be softer and less likely to overbake and dry out in the oven.

What makes a cake more moist, oil or butter? ›

Why does oil give cake superior texture? Butter is 18% water, so when the batter is baked, some of its liquid evaporates. Replacing the water from the butter with oil means there's more fat left in the cakes to ensure tenderness.

What does adding applesauce to cake do? ›

Applesauce acts much like the fat. It keeps the flour protein from mixing completely with the wet ingredients and forming a rubbery, dense texture. This is what does applesauce do in baking.

Which ingredient makes cake soft and fluffy? ›

Baking powder is mixed with the flour. When water is added to this flour to make dough, baking powder undergoes a chemical reaction during which carbon dioxide gas is produced. This carbon dioxide gas gets trapped into the dough and bubbles out which causes the cake to rise making it soft and spongy.

What makes cake rise and moist? ›

Breads, cakes, cookies, and nearly all baked goods require a leavening agent. These are the key ingredients that make a cake rise. There are two types of leavening agents, chemical (baking soda and baking powder) and biological (yeast).

How do you make gingerbread less dry? ›

If you end up with a really dry mixture at the end, I'd guess you have more flour than I do — just add TINY amounts of milk until it comes together, being careful not to over-do it.

Why has my gingerbread cake cracked? ›

If your oven is too hot, the outside of your cake will bake much more quickly than the inside, leading to a peak or crack. The top of your cake may also get too dark. Oven thermostats can be wildly off, so if this often happens, invest in a separate oven thermometer.

Why is my ginger cake rubbery? ›

Too much raising agent would cause the cake to rise up a lot then shrink back on cooling, giving a rubbery texture. If the surface of the cake is wrinkled or has bubbles, then this is a sign that there is too much raising agent.

What to put in cake to make it moist? ›

If a recipe calls for all-purpose flour, opt for cake flour instead to create a more moist, tender crumb. Additions like sour cream, buttermilk, or applesauce can also infuse moisture and prevent a dry cake. Baking soda or baking powder also ensures a nice lift in baked goods.

What does adding mayonnaise to cake mix do? ›

All this means that adding mayonnaise to the cake batter boosts the moisture of the final product—and leaves none of its characteristic taste. Testing showed that using oil or butter instead of mayo made for a drier cake, but keeping the eggs in addition to the mayonnaise improved richness and springiness.

Can I use both butter and oil in cake? ›

A blend of these two ingredients gives the cake the best possible flavor and texture. Butter provides flavor while oil adds moisture and keeps it from being too dry. A cake made with all oil would be moist but lacking in flavor, and an all-butter cake may have a more buttery taste, but would be more dry.

Why do you put water in the oven when baking a cake? ›

It provides moisture.

The steam from the water bath creates a moist environment inside the oven. This is important for delicate bakes like cheesecakes, souffles, terrines, and chiffon cakes. Without added moisture, the surface tends to dry out while the inside is still expanding, which leads to unsightly cracks.

Why do bakers soak cakes? ›

Let me introduce you to the cake soak.

When you do this, the cake integrates moisture and flavor, and the sweetened liquid helps preserve the cake's freshness, so a slice can taste just as delicious a couple days after baking.

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