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June 5th: National Gingerbread Day

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Did you know that June 5th is National Gingerbread Day? Yeah, me neither! But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in style! Here is a delectable, melt in your mouth gingerbread cake that can be thrown together in no time.


There appears to be some discrepancy as to how National Gingerbread Day actually began, it’s rumored to have started in the late 1980’s by a handful of ladies holding a fundraising day. Others claim that bloggers just made it up, in any case, June 5th is National Gingerbread day, so let’s celebrate with a fabulous Gingerbread Cake!

The following recipe was originally shared in our forums by Wilbe95!

You’ll Need
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup molasses
3/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan or spray with a baking spray with flour. Heat oven to 325°. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl; beat on low speed of electric mixer until ingredients are combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and increase mixer speed to medium; beat for about 3 minutes longer.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cut into squares and serve with freshly whipped cream. To serve leftover gingerbread, warm slightly in the microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds.

Alternatively, if you want individual cakes you can bake them in a bundt tin like the one pictured.

This gingerbread freezes well: cut into squares and wrap individually. Thaw and warm in the microwave just before serving.

If gingerbread isn’t your thing, here are several other recipes to celebrate National Gingerbread day:

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