Marsha Gardner Recipe

Vernor's Ginger Ale Spice Cake

By Marsha Gardner mrdick1950


Vernor’s is the ginger ale that I grew up with. It has a unique woodsy taste.

If you can’t find it you may substitute regular ginger ale.


1 c
butter, unsalted
1 1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1 c
4 large
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 c
vernor's ginger ale
1/2 tsp
kosher salt
2 1/2 tsp
baking powder
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 tsp
rum extract
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 Tbsp
1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp
3 c
all purpose flour

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a (9x13 inch) pan or a (10 inch) tube or Bundt pan.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Blend in eggs, vanilla and rum extract. Add Vernor's.
In another large bowl toss together the dry ingredients. Add to the creamed mixture and mix well.

Spoon into prepared pan. Bake until the cake springs back when lightly pressed (45 minutes for sheet pan and 60 minutes for the tube or Bundt pan).

Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Cool thoroughly on a rack. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. The (9x13 inch) cake may be served from the pan.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes

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Marsha Gardner mrdick1950
Apr 20, 2013
Thanks Pat. I love this cake and Vernor's too. I was raised in Western NY and this is the only ginger ale that we drank. Happy that they carry it in Alabama.
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Mar 31, 2013
Marsha, I just love Vernors ginger ale- you haven't had ginger ale until you have Vernor's. Forget about that dry stuff.. Born and raised in Michigan and lived there for 54 years. Thanks for this recipe. So glad they carry Vernor's here in Vegas!
Marsha Gardner mrdick1950
Oct 10, 2012
Isn't Vernors's such a different flavor. Hard to describe to someone that has never had it. Congratulations on your Grand Championship. Even though I have cooked for over 40 years I have really never competed. I was so busy with my catering business I never really had the time to. I did win a place in the World Championship contest on here with my Spanish Beans but I had to decline going to Las Vegas as I had other commitments that same weekend. I did get a blue ribbon for them from JAP. Maybe more opportunities will come my way now that I am retired from full-time catering. I hope you are able to find some Vernor's to make this delightful cake.
Cindy Conway weedpatch
Oct 10, 2012
I developed a taste for Vernors's when we lived in Michigan. I love making cakes with different ingredients. I won Grand Champion with a chocolate Beet cake at the county fair. It even got publishing in the Gooseberry's cook book.