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Homemade Gingerbread Cake with Orange Sauce

I drizzle a basic orange sauce over homemade gingerbread for this old-fashioned dessert. Cut just the number of squares needed, and freeze the rest.—Shannon Sides, Selma, Alabama —Shannon Sides, Selma, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings with sauce plus leftovers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • ORANGE SAUCE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the molasses, water and egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients until blended. Serve with cake. Leftover cake may be frozen for up to 6 months.

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