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Gingerbread Cake

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.

Makes

9 servings

"This dark moist cake combines the old-fashioned flavors of ginger and molasses," says Ila Alderman of Galax, Virginia. "The recipe was passed down to me from a dear aunt."
Gingerbread Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped topping and confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg. Combine the water and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with molasses mixture, beating well after each addition. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan.
  2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 28-32 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve warm with whipped topping.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 241 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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