recipe

Gingerbread isn’t just for cookies! Give your cookie cutter a break and try this easy snack cake instead.

safety
  • Uses the oven
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 1 hour and 10 minutes, plus 1½ hours cooling time
yield
  • Serves 12

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Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
1½ cups (7½ ounces)
all-­purpose flour
1 tablespoon
ground ginger
½ teaspoon
baking powder
¼ teaspoon
baking soda
½ teaspoon
salt
¼ teaspoon
ground cinnamon
1 cup packed (7 ounces)
light brown sugar
¾ cup (6 ounces)
water
½ cup
molasses
2
large eggs
⅓ cup
vegetable oil

Gather Baking Equipment

8-­inch square metal baking pan
2
bowls (1 large, 1 medium)
Whisk
Rubber spatula
Toothpick
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Cutting board
Chef's knife
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray inside bottom and sides of 8-­inch square metal baking pan with vegetable oil spray. Line bottom of baking pan with 8-­inch square piece of parchment paper.

 
2
 
1½ cups (7½ ounces)
all-­purpose flour
1 tablespoon
ground ginger
½ teaspoon
baking powder
¼ teaspoon
baking soda
½ teaspoon
salt
¼ teaspoon
ground cinnamon

In large bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

 
3
 
1 cup packed (7 ounces)
light brown sugar
¾ cup (6 ounces)
water
½ cup
molasses
2
large eggs
⅓ cup
vegetable oil

In medium bowl, whisk brown sugar, water, molasses, eggs, and oil until smooth.

 
4
 

Add half of brown sugar mixture to flour mixture. Use rubber spatula to stir well until batter is very smooth, about 1 minute. Add remaining brown sugar mixture and stir well again until batter is completely smooth, about 1 minute.

 
5
 

Use rubber spatula to scrape batter into parchment-­lined baking pan and smooth top (make sure to spread batter into corners to create even layer).

 
6
 

Place baking pan in oven. Bake until cake is deep golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.

 
7
 

Use oven mitts to remove baking pan from oven (ask an adult for help). Place baking pan on cooling rack and let cake cool completely in pan, about 1½ hours.

 
8
 

Remove cake from baking pan and discard parchment. Cut cake into pieces and serve.