One-Bowl Gingerbread Cake for a Crowd

one-bowl gingerbread cake for a crowd: Beautifully spiced and with a texture that is just dense enough

Gingerbread is best shared with friends. A one-bowl gingerbread recipe that makes a good sized cake is the easiest way to have more to go around.

There’s nothing better than a dessert recipe that can feed a crowd. Not every recipe doubles well and sometimes making two of something is more effort than you have time for. That’s where a big-batch cake comes in handy. One bowl. On pan. One less thing to prep for a gathering.One-bowl gingerbread cake for a crowd: Beautifully spiced and with a texture that is just dense enough

A family favourite recipe…

I was given this recipe last month for a fundraiser that I was helping out with. It’s a family favourite of a woman I volunteer with, and she passed it out to 10 of us to bake for dessert for the fundraiser.

We had to deliver it sliced which meant I was able to taste a little sliver.

One-Bowl Gingerbread Cake for a Crowd has everything you love about a classic gingerbread. Beautifully spiced and with a texture that is just dense enough, this is the cake you want to make for your Christmas (or any other festive) gathering. Make it ahead if you have time since it only gets better with age. Serve it warm with cinnamon whipped cream or our Quick Coffee Toffee Sauce or Toasted Pecan Caramel Sauce.

One-bowl gingerbread cake for a crowd: Beautifully spiced and with a texture that is just dense enough

Hard to believe, but in all my years of making gingerbread this is the first classic GB recipe I have ever made that calls for a 9”x 13” pan. This recipe can serve up to 20.

One-Bowl Gingerbread Cake for a Crowd


  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9” x 13” pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl beat butter with sugar. Beat in eggs then molasses. Beat in water.
  3. Sprinkle over the flour, spices, baking soda and salt and beat until smooth.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake until a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, about 45 minutes to an hour.

Serve with cinnamon whipped cream.


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4 thoughts on “One-Bowl Gingerbread Cake for a Crowd

  1. Since my grandson cannot have sugar – the only sweeteners he is allowed are molasses and stevia – can this be adapted to omit the sugar. I know that changes the texture so I want to make the right substitution.

    1. Hi Yvonne, I’m not sure how to adapt this recipe to suit your grandson. I often reduce the sugar in recipes but have never removed it entirely. You might try Googling “refined sugar free cakes”. That will bring up recipes that use honey, maple syrup and molasses. You can use molasses in place of honey and maple syrup in recipes. Good luck.

  2. Gloria Porter says:

    I am going to try this next week, but I am substituting b water with hot strong coffee.

  3. Audrey says:

    This is my new favourite cake! I made it around Christmas, and it was so good I’ve made it again since. Nice texture cake with a really great flavour. I will be making this often, thanks for the recipe!

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