Orange spice gingerbread cake

Spicy Orange Ginger Cake

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A sticky orange ginger cake served warm – is there any dessert more comforting?

Hot apple crisp comes close but there is something about the texture and spicing of gingerbread that wraps your up in a blanket.

We can’t imagine a gingerbread without molasses. For us, the bright, tangy flavour of molasses is part of a gingerbread’s character. And molasses is what gives true gingerbread its lovely texture.

Orange spice gingerbread cake

Orange zest is a lovely addition to gingerbread. It takes the flavour in a whole new direction and works perfectly with molasses and spices. You decide just how much orange zest you want to add (a little or a lot). The cardamom can be omitted if you don’t have it on hand.

This recipe is an adaptation of a gingerbread recipe found in the wonderful cookbook, Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens (recently reprinted). The spicing is borrowed, in part, from the gingerbread recipe in the book Delicious! by Ruth Reichl.



Spicy Orange Ginger Cake

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This Orange ginger cake is spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Orange zest and molasses perfectly complement the spice.

  • Author: Crosby Molasses


  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • Zest of 12 oranges
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour (spooned in)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • 1 cup of hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 9”x9” pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
  3. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar then beat in egg and molasses. Stir in orange zest.
  4. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Stir in the hot water.
  5. Pour into a prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 until a tester comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

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  • November 9, 2021

    Jess D

    The center isn’t rising and cooking through after 55 min. My oven temp is accurate. I don’t understand why this is cooking so oddly.

  • March 14, 2020

    Would you sprinkle powdered sugar over the top of Orange Spice Gingerbread Cake. I just put it in the oven.

    Carole Pucci

  • November 21, 2018

    Patricia Konkle

    I would also like a copy of the the Orange spice Gingerbread recipe! I do not have email at the moment and would appreciate if you could mail a copy to me.

  • November 22, 2017

    F. Crumb

    Would also love it if you would send me the orange spice gingerbread cake recipe

    Freda Crumb
    317, 10103 – 111 Street
    Edmonton, AB T5K 2y1

    • November 28, 2017

      Lynn Purdy

      Freda, I will mail you a copy of our cookbook, Simple Fare, later this week. It has the Orange Spice Gingerbread recipe in it, as well as many others.

  • May 25, 2017

    Dorothy MacIsaac

    Would u please mail me your most recent box love your recipes,making orange spice gingerbread cake tomorrow.
    159 River Lane Bedford N S. 25/207 B4a2b8

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