Easy apple gingerbread in a white bowl

Easy Apple Gingerbread Cake

This easy apple gingerbread recipe is a great way to enjoy apples year round.

There’s nothing like crisp fall apples and the smell of them cooking in the kitchen.

Easy apple gingerbread


Easy Apple Gingerbread Cake

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4.8 from 11 reviews

Easy Apple Gingerbread Cake is quick to make and always moist and delicious. Bake it as a snack cake or dress it up with a glaze.

  • Author: Crosby’s Molasses
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 serving(s) 1x
  • Category: Cakes


  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable, olive, grapeseed, canola…)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned in
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 4 tart apples peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks


  1. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
  2. In another bowl whisk oil, molasses, brown sugar, egg, vanilla and ½ cup boiling water.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Gently fold in the apples.
  5. Scrape batter into a greased and floured 9” round cake pan.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes (or until a tester comes out clean)

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  • October 19, 2022

    Sharon Thompson

    A good friend of mine served us this cake with warm lemon sauce and it was moist and delicious. I will definitely be making it! Thanks

  • January 26, 2021


    It was delicious and will make another cake right.
    Super easy too. Thank you for this recipe.

  • October 30, 2020

    J. Sloan

    I made this today and it turned out great. The recipe was very easy to follow. I used heaping measuring spoons of all the spices because I like it spicy. It’s Fall in a cake pan and the house smells wonderful.

  • October 26, 2020


    Great cake I have made it twice we love it

  • October 25, 2020

    Lynn Gould

    Made this cake today the smell while baking was amazing. This recipe is definitely a keeper enjoyed a slice with some whipped cream.

  • October 24, 2020

    Barbara Bernard

    Made this Apple Gingerbread today. Soo delicious. The only thing I did different was cut the apples a little smaller. Tonight for dessert with Vanilla Ice cream or Whipped Cream. Either one will be good. Thanks for the recipe.

  • October 21, 2020


    I made the apple ginger and molasses cake and it was a rousing success so thank-you i look forward to trying more of your recipes.

  • October 20, 2020


    Thanks for the almost excellent recipe – I have been searching for a dairy-free gingerbread that uses oil for a long time! A volume measurement for the apple chunks would have been useful – apple shopping is challenging right now from my urban-dwelling, car-less, COVID restricted perspective. I used only 2 1/2 huge apples for fear of the pan overflowing (and, in retrospect, should have measured the volume myself for future reference) – the cake was great.

  • October 15, 2020


    My son said that the gingerbread apple cake was the best cake he had ever had. It is easy to make and not too sweet. Delicious!

  • October 13, 2020

    I made this cake today and got raving reviews. It was delicious with whipped cream on top. Thank you so much for the recioe

  • October 11, 2020

    Mae Baker-Westhaver

    I just have to tell you that Crosby’s Molasses is the only brand I know. My father used it for everything. He even made his version of pancake syrup with it. He would pour about 1/4 cup in middle of plate and then add Cider Vinegar. He then stirred it together and put his pancakes on the plate. Actually it tasted real good. I started using Crosby’s molasses when I got married in 1963 and have used it for so many things ever since. I just love it. Thanks for all the recipes.

  • October 10, 2020


    Does this recipe freeze well?

    • June 11, 2021

      Marie-Pierre Lessard


  • October 10, 2020

    Kathi Block

    Flavourful and moist! Good for breakfast too! This is now one of my favourites.

  • October 9, 2020

    Gay Richardson

    I made this with 4 large court land apples. Way too much. I had to use 2 cake pans (35 minutes) but that’s O K. ? It is delicious and very light. Used Dream Whip on it and put one in the freezer.
    Thanks. Can’t wait to make more of these recipes.

  • October 8, 2020

    Louise Sgro

    Excellent cake. Making it for Thanksgiving. Although there was a tip to use it the day it was baked, I found that it got more moist and delicious over the next 2 days. I left out the cloves, as the men in my family don’t care for it, and it was still wonderful.

  • October 8, 2020


    Delicious and easy to make!

  • October 7, 2020


    I made this today, using Macintosh and Granny Smith, absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try the Sticky Upside down apple gingerbread

  • October 5, 2020


    Best ginger/apple cake I have ever made/eaten.
    Thank you for these awesome recipes.
    I have doubled the recipe and put it in a 9X12” pan
    Just about to go into the oven!

  • September 29, 2020

    Dorothy Anne Delorey

    I made this today and it is awesome. So moist, taste like My Moms ginger cake.

  • September 28, 2020


    This was really tasty! I used a variety of apples the I just picked yesterday. The only thing I would change would be flouring the cake tin. I think a good spray of oil would have been enough to keep it from sticking, the flour left a bit of a chalky taste to the cake.

  • September 20, 2014

    Shirley M.Donovan

    Thanks for the recipes with Crosbys molasses. My mother always used molasses in her cooking. I have tried some of your recipes and have liked them

  • September 20, 2014

    Shirley M.Donovan

    Thanks for all these recipes with Molasses, I have tried a few and loved them all.

  • October 20, 2013


    My mother-in-law talked about an apple gingerbread her mother made but didn’t have a recipe for it. Like most recipes they were made from memory. I am going to try this to surprise her and bring back wonderful memories for her. Thank you for sharing.

  • September 25, 2013


    My husband still uses Crosby’s molasses every morning on biscuits. I love the fall and cannot wait to make a lot of these recipes because they remind me of Mom and my childhood. Thanks

  • September 21, 2013

    Gillian V

    There is a large section of wild ground not too far from us with quite a few different trees and bushes bearing fruit. Of course it is all windfall now, and I cannot identify everything that is there, but knowledgeable families could supply themselves for the winter: jam, jelly, compote, applesauce, and variations thereof.
    Does your cake freeze? I shall have to try it very soon, but I plan on eating and not freezing?

  • September 20, 2013

    My mom, rest her soul, used Crosby’s Molasses all her life. We ate it on bread, pancakes, toast and of course she use it in her baking. Now that she has passed away, I continue to use the Crosby’s Molasses in my home.

  • September 18, 2013

    alice C Cook

    I love molasses, and I’m going to be sharing snack cakes and cookies and bars with hard workers for next six weeks

  • September 17, 2013

    Betty Ann

    Thanks for the recipe.

  • September 17, 2013

    We went apple picking on Saturday and they had Lobo and McIntosh ready at this time. Your cake looks so moist, would be good with a dollop of whipped cream.

  • September 13, 2013


    Do you know the name of the apples that had a slight tinge of pink veins in them. When I was a child we called them “snow apples” but I haven’t seen any for a long time. Any help would be appreciated.


    • September 26, 2020


      Red Astrachans sounds like Astricans
      My grandparents had 3 trees in their orchard

    • October 4, 2020


      There are several varieties of apples grafted onto one tree in my yard. One variety has the red veins, and I found a tag in the soil saying “Snow”. This could be the variety you mentioned. The apples are delicious – bright red and juicy.

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