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Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

Baking gingerbread fills the home with the aromas of the season.  Topped with warm lemon sauce and whipped cream...this cake is a favorite at this time of the year.

Gingerbread Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and molasses and mix.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and beat at medium speed until smooth.
  4. Spread batter in a greased 9" square pan (or 9" x 12").
  5. Bake at 350°F until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (about 40 minutes in a 9" square pan and 30 minutes in a 9" x 12" pan).  
  6. Serve warm with lemon sauce and whipped cream.
Lemon Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. In saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt.   Gradually stir in water.  
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring the whole time, until mixture comes to a boil and is thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest, juice and butter.
  4. Spoon warm lemon sauce over cake.


  1. Looks like something I'd love Judy!

  2. I can test to this cake...Walking into Judy's house and being served ginger cake, brought memories of how my mother always made a ginger cake.
    Thanks for giving this a special touch with the lemon sauce.

  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I've been looking for a good recipe for gingerbread with lemon sauce for the last year!
    (I lost mine, :( !)

  4. Lemon sauce on gingerbread..that sounds really good. A great combo!

  5. I did make it and served it to my daughters family and their four children

    Had not made this up for years
    and does have very pleasant memories for me as well.
    I remember Mamma making this lots of times. Not with whipped cream on it though just warm lemon sauce

    Makes me think of Mom right now

    Miss her for sure

    Wish I where out in Abbotsford to hear you at the church in October I for sure miss B.C. Now, and for many years, live in Ontario

  6. I made this up for my daughter and husband and four children

    with warm lemon sauce

    Makes me think of days I served it to my family, and Mom having it on the dinner table, years ago

    Wish I where out in Abbostford to hear you talking at the church I miss B.C> at times a great deal Now and for many years living in Ontario
    Keep up the good work ladiees