Dark Gingerbread Cake

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

Last year, Steve and I spent Christmas with his family in Nova Scotia and as my first east coast Christmas, it was definitely one for the books! On Christmas Day, we sat down to the most delicious meal and Steve’s grandmother brought over a dark gingerbread cake for dessert. OH MY WORD! I knew I had to have the recipe so I snagged it from her before heading back home. With the weather getting chillier (and my desire to hunker down at home in sweats and a hoodie continues to grow!) I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share a true holiday comfort dessert with you all. Perfect for the gingerbread lover! It’s sooo good! So be ready to snuggle up on the couch with a hot beverage and a classic Christmas movie because that’s exactly what this dessert will put you in the mood for! 🙂




Dark Gingerbread Cake

Cooking time: 45-50 minutes (preheat oven to 350 degrees celsius)



1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1 egg
1 cup molasses
1 cup hot water


Melt shortening over low heat and cool Add sugar and eggs Beat thoroughly Sift dry ingredients into shortening mixture   Bake in a moderate oven.


*multiply each measurement by 4 for extra saucy goodness!

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup boiling water
1/4 tsp vanilla


Melt butter, add flour, salt and stir until smooth Add sugar and brown, stirring constantly Remove from heat and add boiling water Stir until mixture is smooth and then bring to boiling point, still stirring Add flavourings: 1/4 tsp of each; cinnamon and nutmeg Also tsp of cloves >>> Serve hot!

Happy baking! And have a wonderful holiday!





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