Desserts | December 10, 2016

Ginger Cake with Lemon Sauce (updated)

Ginger Cake with Lemon Sauce (updated) is EVERYTHING CHRISTMAS! We love this cake during the holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It has just the right amount of ginger and spice to make it festive but not overpowering and the lemon sauce adds just a bit of tangy glaze to keep this cake super moist!

Ginger Cake with Lemon Sauce (updated)

What is Christmas without gingerbread? If you are a gingerbread fan, you’ll love this cake. I’ve whipped up 10 of these cakes in the past few days. It’s a one bowl, one pan cake. The glaze goes on while the cake is hot, so no need to wait for the cake to cool before glazing.

Ginger Cake with Lemon Sauce is the perfect party cake. It mixes up in minutes and is so simple to bake. If you are making cake for a crowd, you can buy disposable pans for easy clean up! I like to make sure to have fresh whipped cream on hand for this cake to top it off.

Ginger Cake with Lemon Sauce is my go-to dessert when I need something homemade and festive for a holiday dinner. The simplicity of this cake puts it at the top of my list for baking at this extra busy time of year. In forty minutes your house can smell like Santa’s kitchen and your tummy will start to look like his be very happy. Hohoho.  Christmas is coming!

Ginger Cake with Lemon Sauce (updated)

Ginger Cake with Lemon Sauce (updated)

Servings 16
Author A Bountiful Kitchen



  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 3/4 cup dark molasses I like Grandma's brand
  • 1 cup sour cream regular or light I like regular
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh squeezed will make the very best glaze
  • dash of salt


In a large mixing bowl, combine in this order:

  1. Eggs, oil, molasses (after measuring the oil, measure the molasses in the same cup and the molasses will slide out easily) and sour cream. Mix until ingredients are smooth. If a few lumps remain from the sour cream, they will blend out with the dry ingredients.
  2. Dump the sugar, flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, soda and salt into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix all at once, for about one minute.
  3. 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, make sure to not overbake! 
  4. A few minutes before the cake is done, prepare the sauce.


  1. Mix butter, sugar, lemon juice and salt in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium high heat until sugar dissolves. Let the sauce come to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for about one minute. Pour sauce over warm cake immediately after removing from oven.
  2. Cake is best served when warm with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Recipe Notes

-For those of you who have been with ABK for a while, I posted this in '08 but decided it could be simplified (consolidating spices and using pumpkin pie spice instead) and lightened up the recipe a bit by switching out the butter in the cake for oil and cutting the lemon butter sauce in half.

I made the changes and the cake was better than my original version. A bit lighter, but still moist with great flavor.

-*Make your own pumpkin pie spice for a fraction of the cost of pre mixed pp spice, recipe here:

-Make sure to check after 30 minutes, this cake bakes quickly and will dry out if over baked.

-This cake is best served within 8 hours of baking.

-If the cake has cooled before serving, heat up individual pieces for about 15 seconds in microwave, then top with whipped cream.

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