What makes this the Best Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake Recipe? It’s not fancy or showy… so, why is it so tied with the holidays?
I think my favorite part of the Holiday Season is the way it smells. Presents are nice, the decorations are pretty….shopping is massively stressful… but the smells, so inviting and friendly.
Holidays smell of pine trees, of new books and starched tablecloths, the smell of candle wax and mulled wine… all delicious smells. But the best holiday smells of all?
Freshly baked Gingerbread.
I found a recipe that is super easy to pull together. It looks great, but is a casual family dessert. You can put it in the oven before dinner… and serve it with warm a warm cider after the dishes are done.
Imagine this… your house smells of Ginger and Cloves…. it’s a warm comforting smell… your mouth starts watering in anticipation.
Then you hear it….. BING!
The oven timer goes off, and it’s time to pull the Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake out of the oven.
Oh wow… it looks perfect… brown from the molasses, domed high from baking, and it smells like Mrs. Claus’s Workshop.
You let it cool for five minutes, flip it out of the pan, and slice yourself a BIG piece. (Because it’s Christmas time, and everyone knows that Christmas calories don’t count). Top that slice with a cool dollop of freshly whipped, lightly sweetened, whipped Cream……
and sink your fork right in.
Best Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake Recipe
Cute Holiday Gingerbread Plates
Serving your Gingerbread on these plates makes it extra special…. and gifting it WITH the plate is a wonderful hostess gift!
Step By Step Photos for Making Old Fashioned Gingerbread
Make Sure You Put Parchment Paper on the Bottom of Your Baking Pan
Give it a Spray with Non-Stick Stuff
Whip the Butter and Sugar Until they Are Light and Fluffy
Go about 4 to 5 minutes
Put the Flour in a Bowl… Add the Ground Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, and Ground Cloves
Stir to Combine
After Adding the Flour Mixture to the Butter Mixture, add the Water Mixture and the Eggs… Mix
Pour into the Baking Pan
Bake 45 to 55 Minutes…. Until a Toothpick Inserted Into the Middle Comes Out Clean
Cool for 5 minutes on a rack…
Great for Potlucks!
Need an easy quick-ish dessert for a Holiday Buffet? Take Old Fashioned Gingerbread.
You can easily double the recipe… or cut the pieces small enough to make yummy bites!
And it transports very well.
Bake Gingerbread in a Disposable Pan for Gifting!