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Gluten-Free Gingerbread!

This gluten-free gingerbread cake is perfectly moist, sweet, and full of sweet gingerbread spices!  Get in the holiday spirit with this easy snack cake has all those bold holiday flavors in a simple recipe. Tastes like the holidays!

Course Bread, dairy-free, Dessert, gluten-free, holidays
Cuisine American, Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 343 kcal
Author Christine Galvani


  • 2 1/2 cups flour (I use Bobs Red Mill's 1:1 Gluten-free flour).
  • 1/2 cup sugar (substitute coconut sugar).
  • 1/2 cup palm oil shortening (substitute butter).
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup hot water


  1. Gather and measure the ingredients.

  2. Line a 9 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper or grease well.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  4. In a small mixing bowl, add the flour, sea salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Whisk to combine and set aside.

  5. Using an electric mixer, cream the palm shortening and sugar.

  6. Add the egg and the molasses beat until combined.

  7. Using a spoon, stir in the hot water. Tip: do not try to blend via the electric mixer as the batter will splatter!

  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

  9. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

Baking/Recipe Tips:

  • If possible try to start with room temperature ingredients.
  • Gingerbread cake will keep for about 3 days on the counter, 5-7 days in the refrigerator.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together to ensure no lumps.

Gingerbread Spice:

This is a recipe for homemade gingerbread spice:

  • 1 Tablespoon each:  Ground Allspice, Ground Cinnamon and Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Tablespoon each:  Ground Cloves, Ground Nutmeg

Mix the ground spices in a jar and it is ready to use.  Measure out the amount you need for any gingerbread recipe.

How do you store a gingerbread cake?

  • Store in an airtight container on the counter or pantry.  You can store in the refrigerator, where it will last longer, but it will dry out a little faster there.

Can gingerbread be frozen?

  • Yes, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze slices for up to a month or two.

What is the difference between gingerbread spice and pumpkin pie spice?

  • The ingredients are the same, but different amounts and ratios so the taste is different.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Gingerbread!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 130mg5%
Potassium 532mg15%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.