Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

Every December, we embark on a progressive dinner.  Appetizers at my sister’s house, salad at my brother’s, main course at my parent’s, then to our home for dessert.  My nine-year-old found this scrumptious holiday cake as she was thumbing through my calendar.

There’s just something inherently festive about eating warm gingerbread at Christmas.

Serves 9

Lemon Sauce (can make ahead)

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 T butter
  • dash of nutmeg

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch.  Gradually stir in boiling water.  Cook and stir over medium heat until clear and thick.  Blend in lemon juice, zest, butter and nutmeg.  Cover.  Refrigerate if not serving it right away.

Gingerbread Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 T molasses
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 1/2 T melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Stir together sugar, molasses, cinnamon, salt, cloves, ginger and butter.  Beat in egg.  Sift flour and soda together and add alternately with the buttermilk.  Butter an 8-inch square pan.  Pour bater into pan and bake for 35 minutes.  Cool slightly before serving.

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Just before serving in a CHILLED BOWL, using COLD BEATERS, whip cream with sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.

To serve, spoon lemon sauce onto dessert plates, set a square of warm cake in it and top with a dollop of whipped cream.


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  • By Cookie Sleuth 19 Dec 2011

    Sounds like such a fun holiday tradition and a great way to finish the night!

  • By Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) 19 Dec 2011

    Your progressive dinner idea sounds like such a great one…that way, everyone gets a little celebration at their place :) I’m might have to suggest that one to mine. The cake also looks amazing!!

  • By Simply Tia 20 Dec 2011

    Talk about decadent! This cake looks moist and very delicious!

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