Twelve Days of Christmas: Gingerbread with Lemon Icing

The fresh ginger makes it spicy

The fresh ginger makes it spicy

The fresh ginger and lemon juice really make this cake stand out. Don’t skimp on the spices. It’s Christmas, just ask Santa to bring you more.


  • 2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or white if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Lemon Icing

  • 1/2 cup powder sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients and set aside. Melt butter in a smaller bowl and whisk in ginger and molasses. In another small bowl beat egg into butter milk. Add molasses mix to flour and stir until incorporated. Mix in buttermilk mix. Pour into a greased nine-inch pan. Cook until the sides start to pull away from the edges of the pan and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. As the cake is resting for about 10 minutes, whisk the ingredients together for the icing. Drizzle over the cake while still warm.

About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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11 Responses to Twelve Days of Christmas: Gingerbread with Lemon Icing

  1. G’day Looks great Rufus!
    Hope you saved me a piece too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  2. Cecile says:

    Wow – this is some SERIOUS gingerbread !! The recipe reminds me of something people would’ve made ‘in the old days’ – before all the ‘packaged stuff’. Would love to try this !!

  3. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  4. Eva Taylor says:

    There is really nothing like the warm, delightful aromas that baking this type if cake give a home. I love the use of fresh ginger in it too and the lemon icing must be delightful.

  5. One of my holiday baking plans includes gingerbread so it is really great that you posted this really great simple recipe. I love mine with no icing, but the family definitely loves icing. Well done my blogging friend.

  6. Caroline says:

    I can only imagine how amazing your house must have smelled while baking these. These sound delicious!

  7. Kristy says:

    This wouldn’t make it to Christmas in our house! The lemon frosting sold me on it. So good!

  8. Looks awesome. Love to eat, please save little bit for me. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  9. Karen says:

    I really like the idea of a lemon frosting with the gingerbread…yum.

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  11. Cheryl says:

    I made mine into muffins, so very warm and moist. My whole house smells wonderful. I don’t frost mine because I think it’s sweet enough. Thank you, I really love it.

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