Full of warming spices like ginger and cinnamon, this gingerbread cake recipe is perfect for the holidays. Serve topped with whipped cream for an extra-festive treat. Read more about this cake and its surprising connection to Malcolm X here.

EatingWell.com, December 2021


Credit: Andrea Mathis

Recipe Summary

10 mins
45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with ½ tablespoon butter.

  • Pour molasses into a medium bowl and add boiling water. Add flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons melted butter and brown sugar; beat well using an electric mixer or manually, about 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cut into 9 squares and serve topped with whipped cream, if desired.

To make ahead:

Refrigerate cake in an airtight container for 5 to 7 days.

Nutrition Facts

1 square
275 calories; protein 3g; carbohydrates 54g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 30g; fat 6g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 15mg; vitamin a iu 178IU; sodium 334mg; potassium 715mg; niacin equivalents 3mg.