Monday, December 5, 2011

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

Here's the deal. If you're going to like Christmas, you need to like the whole shabang, right? I'm not talking commercialism and the modern practice that has turned into Christmas, but you know, the old traditions and magic of Father Christmas, snowy evenings, fires, simple decorations... and don't forget baby Jesus in the manger!

But I have to tell you... even though one of our greatest traditions is huge gingerbread cookies that we decorate as a family, hang in the window and then eat later - I really only ever liked mine when it was piled with icing.

Gingerbread is crunchy.


I like chewy cookies.

And that is why I love this cake. All of the wonderful flavors of gingerbread but in a gooey cake topped with a lemony sauce. LOVE. it.

While I try to take my mind off of the fact that while taking pictures of this cake out on my balcony in my workout clothes (I mean, daylight is the best, right?) I was whistled at very loudly by a man across the complex (cue angry face here) ... I am looking up the history of this little piece of baking heaven. My mom says the recipe is officially titled Fort Atkinson's Gingerbread but I can't find out why? Does anyone know? I love finding out the history of recipes!

Enough jabber. Go make this cake. Perfect to follow Christmas dinner ... or just because!

Gingerbread Cake

1 stick of butter, melted (I like salted!)
1 tbs sugar
1 egg
1 c dark molasses
1 c boiling water
2 and 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon

- Grease and flour a 9 in round cake pan. Mix first three ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Set aside and whisk the molasses and boiling water to combine. Sift the remaining ingredients and combine all until incorporated.
- Bake at 325 for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve the cake warm with warm lemon sauce. I heat individual slices up in the oven for a few minutes if made ahead.

Lemon Sauce

1 stick of butter, melted
1 c sugar
1/4 c water
1 egg, beaten
Juice and zest of one lemon

- Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan well, then whisking constantly, bring to a boil and shut the heat off. Serve!


  1. Just put this on my Christmas Dinner list! This sounds delish.

  2. This sounds right up my alley. I love gingerbread and the lemon sauce accompaniment sounds terrific! And sorry to hear about your creepy neighbor. When will men learn? Whistles are for dogs- no self-respecting woman would ever respond. Sigh.

  3. I love gingerbread-- the smell of it baking and especially eating it! The lemon sauce sounds fantastic with this.

  4. This looks and sounds totally lush! Ginger is the perfect flavour for the winter season. I hope you saved a piece for me.
    *kisses* HH

  5. Your neighbor sounds fresh--though perhaps he was eyeing the gingerbread?

    I love soft gingerbread cookies too. So yummy. Are you going to make some this year to go with the gooey cake?

  6. This lemon sauce was the...yeah, it was the icing on the cake.

    What I'm trying to say is that my wife is a genius and this was super great.