Cake & Cheesecake | November 12, 2008

Ginger Cake with Lemon Butter Sauce

Ginger Cake with Lemon Butter Sauce

A few years ago, I found a recipe for ginger cake with butter sauce. It was a little dry, so I added a bit of sour cream, tweaked the seasonings and came up with Ginger Cake with Lemon Butter Sauce.  It’s the perfect fall dessert. It is best when served with ice cream, and sautéed apples. Can you say “num”?

Ginger Cake with Lemon Butter Sauce and Sauteed Apples



  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup dark molasses
  • 2 eggs


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar
  • Sauteed Apples:
  • 2 apples peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • dash salt


For the Cake:

  1. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cloves in a large mixing bowl. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add molasses and sour cream. Mix well. Spoon batter into a greased 9”x13” baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.

For the Sauce:

  1. Mix sugar, butter and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Pour boiling sauce over hot cake, immediately after removing from oven. Reserve a little sauce for serving.

For the Apples:

  1. Melt butter in saucepan. Add sliced apples, sugar and salt. Saute apples just until they begin to soften. 
  2. Cut cake in squares or wedges and serve while still warm. Add apples and lemon sauce, then whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for topping.

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  1. man a live girl….You are killing me with all of the desserts I have to make.
    You could find some more healthy veggie dishes……or probably not. I’ll stick to the desserts.
    Love ya