Soft Ginger Cake

Bonnie Beck


This is an old English recipe for making gingerbread cake. It's not my Aunt Nora's recipe which I am afraid her Irish recipe is lost to time as I have yet to find it among my Mother's or Grandmother's recipes. :( But this recipe comes as close to flavor as I have found.

I never can decide which is my favorite cake. Gingerbread, Italian Rum or Banana. But then again there is my Mom's Butter yellow cake with the dark chocolate frosting.

It's a tough decision to make. :)


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2/1/2 c
flour, sifted and then measured
1 3/4 tsp
baking soda
2 tsp
ground ginger
2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp
ground cloves
1/4 tsp
1 c
1/2 c
vegetable shortening
1 c
dark molasses
1 c
boiling water
exlarge eggs, beaten
1/8 tsp
cardamom or black pepper (optional)

How to Make Soft Ginger Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350*. Grease a baking pan 13x9x2. I use my pyrex pan.

    Fluffy the dry ingredients together with a whisk.
  • 2Cream the shortening, sugar and molasses well.
  • 3Add the dry ingredients to the creamed shortening mixture alternating with the boiling water, starting with and ending with the dry ingredients.
  • 4Stir in the beaten eggs.
  • 5Pour into the pan and bake at 3508 for 30 minutes or until done. Cool and serve.

    I like eating my gingerbread slightly warm with just powdered sugar or pouring heavy cream on top.

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About Soft Ginger Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: Irish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #Gingerbread

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