Gingerbread Bundt Cake

This gingerbread Bundt cake has all the warm spicy goodness of gingerbread cookies. As if that weren’t enough, it’s gilded with a sassy and sweetly tart lemon glaze.

A swirled gingerbread Bundt cake with a lemon glaze on top, all on wire rack over a sheet pan

This gingerbread Bundt cake is equally welcome at a special occasion party, a holiday dinner, or simply alongside your afternoon cuppa. The juxtaposition of  warming spices and a sweetly tart lemon glaze is so spectacularly and resoundingly lovely, we suspect we’ll be making gingerbread all year round.–Angie Zoobkoff

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • Serves 12 to 16
5/5 - 4 reviews
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Ingredients

  • For the gingerbread Bundt cake
  • Nonstick baking spray
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mild vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 cup hot water
  • For the lemon glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Directions

  • Prepare the oven
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Spray a 10-cup Bundt pan generously with nonstick baking spray.
  • Make the gingerbread Bundt cake
  • 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs well. Whisk in the oil, then whisk in the granulated sugar followed by the molasses. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Add the hot water and stir well. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
  • 3. Bake the cake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Make the lemon glaze
  • 4. Whisk the confectioners’ sugar with the lemon juice until smooth.
  • Assemble the cake
  • 5. Flip the cake out onto a rack set over a baking sheet. Let the cake cool for another 5 minutes.
  • 6. Using a long skewer, poke deep holes all over the cake. Drizzle the glaze over the cake, trying to get some into each hole and brushing the glaze so it covers the entire surface of the cake. Serve warm or let cool completely.

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Recipe Testers Reviews

What I loved about this gingerbread Bundt cake was that I had all of the ingredients on hand. During the holidays, everyone is extra busy and this is a perfect last-minute cake or make-ahead cake. It tasted as good on day 3 as it did on day 1.

When I flipped the cake out onto the rack, it didn't release right away. I used a flat silicone spatula gently around and then it released easily. Also, once the glaze dried, I could still see the holes on top. I mixed up another cup of thicker glaze and added a few drops of white food coloring for an opaque look. I drizzled it over the top and let it run down the sides. I added red Sixlets on top for a plum pudding look which covered the holes and was very festive.

Two photos: one of a gingerbread Bundt cake with a sugar glaze, the other with a dripping icing dotted with red candies

This gingerbread Bundt cake is very simple to make and bakes perfectly. Make sure you have new and potent dried ginger because the flavors are subtle in relation to the molasses added to the mix. The icing was a bit thinner than I would have liked. I would add more confectioners’ sugar in future bakings.

I found a lovely addition to my holiday dessert buffet in this gingerbread Bundt cake. It comes together with the ease of a quick bread and can be made ahead. In fact we found that it was even more delicious on day 2 and 3!

The lemon glaze is superb and also intensifies over a couple of days. Served this to a friend who claimed she didn’t like gingerbread, until she tried this!

Finally, a gingerbread Bundt cake for all seasons! This gingerbread Bundt cake perfectly marries my favorite fall gingery flavors with the summery brightness of the lemon glaze. While I preferred it warm, it was delicious room temperature and my colleagues demolished it on the second day.

As far as process, this cake was so easy and the directions were just right as written. I loved the pockets of glaze created by the skewer holes and would probably try even harder to pour glaze into the holes next time.

This is a moist and more-ish type of cake that is super easy to assemble and fits both as a special cake and as a “what can I make with no warning” recipe that belongs in everyone’s toolkit. I love a recipe that uses standard pantry items yet delivers a special result. This hit all that. It has a lovely moist crumb, like a proper sponge, but with very little work. It is not a pound cake, but rather a moist indulgent gingery yum.

The only thing I would change is to add MORE ginger—we would say double it. I also would caution that even if you hold off spraying the pan until just before you scrape the batter in, if it is a warm day, the spray will run down and pool. I would probably go back to my standard method of generously wiping with cold butter then dusting with either flour or fine sugar, and if need be and stick the Bundt pan in the fridge while you finish mixing.

Although the center of the cake was beautifully moist at 55 minutes, the bottom (or top while baking) was ever-so-slightly overcooked and almost crisp, so I think I would probably pull it at 50 minutes next time.

The glaze is fun, and gives you extra moisture on the top and just enough lemon to be recognizable. We chose to try it warm, giving the glaze a little while to settle in. I put aside half the cake in the freezer so I have something I can pull out for a slice when we want a little something and have not planned dessert I like that this is a “real cake” even though it only takes a few minutes more than mixing up a crazy cocoa cake, which is my usual standby “need dessert!” And of course it is dairy free as well which is handy sometimes for guests.

A lovely cake to serve with afternoon coffee. The tart lemon glaze is a perfect match to the spicy gingerbread and something I would not have thought to pair myself.

The recipe comes together in a snap. The cake tasted just as flavorful and moist the next day and will be enjoyed with morning coffee this week.

I really liked several things about this gingerbread Bundt cake. The lemon glaze is completely unexpected and incredibly delicious.

I found this cake was good warm, but it really became something special after a few hours. We had it for breakfast the next morning and it was amazing with coffee. The flavors had become more pronounced, the cake texture more dense, and the cooled icing provided a lovely crispness.

Although the recipe is quite simple and straightforward, if you use a unique Bundt pan, you will have quite a work of art. I would suggest waiting longer than 5 minutes before icing the cake. Most of my icing ended up on the pan below. Next time, and there will be a next time, I will wait about 20 minutes to see if more icing sticks to the actual cake.

Ginger is reassuring and this cake is a slice of warm memories. The fragrance of spice that fills the kitchen when baking this Bundt cake instantly makes you happy. Incredibly tender, dense and lemon-kissed, this is an all-around pleasure to eat and serve. Tart, sweet, and spicy.

I am not an expert cake baker, but this recipe came out beautifully. The peaks and valleys of the Bundt cake are a rich mahogany brown with a shimmer of creamy, crunchy, lemony glaze. It is like eating a sunny winter day any time of the year.

While it is perfectly cravable as is, I served it with a rum raisin jam topped with freshly whipped cream and a sprinkling of grated nutmeg. These just add layers of warm, heady, and cool textures and flavors. Also, I made extra lemon glaze and have to admit I think doubling the amount given in the recipe is my preference. You can't have too much.

This cake only gets better the next day, and by day three, wrapped up tightly, I think the ginger and lemon are even more pronounced and the texture is as beautifully fresh as it was out of the oven.

Comments

  1. I just finished making this and while it was still warm, I cut a small “tasting “ section. Oh my! It’s moist, spicy and wonderful. I loved that I had all the ingredients in the house. It came together easily and would be a perfect cake for a beginning baker. Now I can’t wait til dessert!!

  2. Loved this cake! I was drawn to it because I have the same pan as shown here and thought it looked gorgeous. I made this to take to a party and it got lots of rave reviews. Most people commented on how much they loved the lemon glaze with the cake.

    Out of necessity I made one significant change: I only had blackstrap molasses on hand and was afraid the strong bitter taste would overwhelm, so I substituted half of the molasses with Lyle’s Golden Syrup. Turned out well, the molasses taste was there, but balanced nicely with the spices. The ginger was a bit subtle (for my taste), so I might increase it next time, or at least insure that I use really fresh spices. This may be a new holiday classic in our home!

  3. Made this wonderful cake for the staff at my father’s nursing home and it was much loved. I could tell because it was gone. Cajuns know good food and they will let you know. So well done. This is going into my “to be made again” file. Particularly a good choice when you worry about allergies and the like.

    1. Cleo, thank you for taking the time to let us know how popular this cake was with such a discerning crowd! We’re so pleased to hear everyone loved it as much as we do. And we really appreciate you taking the time to let us know. That’s exactly why we do what we do——so that people can create some new and lovely experiences and memories around food. Many, many thanks. Wishing you (and everyone at the nursing home) all the magic of the season…

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