Gingerbread Cake

Ginger has a complex, spicy flavor that works in both sweet and savory foods. This warm, spiced dessert is a low-fat treat that will please the whole family!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 240 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • cooking spray
  • powdered sugar for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8-inch cake pan with cooking oil spray.
  • Combine flour, ginger, cinnamon and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, buttermilk or yogurt, oil, molasses and egg.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir well.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Cool completely and cut into 9 squares. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top, if desired.


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  • Got spices in your cabinet that you haven’t touched in years? After about a year, spices begin to lose their flavor and should be replaced.
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Cooking & Serving Tips:
  • Fold raisins and candied ginger into the batter just before pouring into cake pan for extra flavor and texture. Soak raisins in warm water for 30 minutes to soften before adding to batter.
  • Serve with a scoop of frozen yogurt.
  • You can make some icing using a cup of powdered sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons orange juice.
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