{Gluten-Free} Spicy Gingerbread Cake

Many years ago I would make the Moosewood Restaurant’s gingerbread around the holidays and sometimes just in January, too, when it felt so good eat something spicy, sweet, and very wintry. I haven’t baked gingerbread in years, though; I’ve done gingerbread cookies and a gingerbread snacking cake, but not a real deal, dark, molasses-infused gingerbread cake. When I decided to make a gingerbread cake this year I knew it needed to  be inspired my old favorite, but made wholly with (less) natural sweetener and adapted to be gluten-free. And I’m sharing it today!

This is a lovely dark gingerbread, sticky with molasses and strongly spiced. It’s no fooling around gingerbread. It’s just right for December — and January and February too. I serve this cake plain, for it needs nothing else except for a cup of cocoa or coffee, but you could also serve it with a scoop of whipped cream.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

Til next time – N x


Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake

Recipe by Nicole SpiridakisCourse: cucinanicolina, gluten-free, holidays, naturally sweet, Recipes




  • 3/4 cup/125 g buckwheat flour

  • 1 cup/125 g almond flour

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon/60 g sweet white rice flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, or 1/2 cup refined coconut oil soft but not melted

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup dark molasses

  • 1 cup boiling water


  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease an 8-inch cake pan and line with parchment paper.
  • Sift together flour, soda, salt and spices. Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy, add eggs, beat well, then beat in molasses. Add boiling water and dry ingredients and beat until smooth.
  • Bake 30–40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from oven and let let cool 10 minutes in the pan then turn out onto a rack to cool completely. The crumb will firm up the longer it sets, so try to wait until it’s cool to cut into it.
  • Store for up to 5 days covered in the fridge.
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