Favorite Gingerbread Recipe

Personally, I am an absolute FAN of Gingerbread everything! I bake Gingerbread cookies for friends and family and end up eating them myself, LOL! The thought of Gingerbread in a cake is just Heavenly! Here is a bit of history of this particular recipe. 

This Favorite Old Fashioned Scratch Gingerbread Recipe dates back to the 1870’s

where it was featured in a Gold Metal Cook Book and instantly became a

popular recipe for 19th Century brides.

Gingerbread was favorited by Early American colonists in the late 1700’s just as much as it is a favorite now.  The Gingerbread recipe that I will share with you today is called a “Fort Atkinson Gingerbread”. Still today Fort Atkinson, Missouri is known for their Gingerbread related activities.

Favorite Gingerbread Recipe

  • 1/2 Cup Shortening
  • 2 TBSP Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Dark Molasses
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 2 1/4 Cups Sifted Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Cream together the shortening and sugar until mixed well.
  2. Add egg to the shortening-sugar mixture
  3. In a separate bowl combine the boiling water and molasses and blend well until mixture is the consistency of water and set aside.
  4. Sift together flour, salt, ginger, and cinnamon and set aside
  5. With mixer speed on low, add flour mixture and molasses mixture to shortening mixture a cup at a time until all of the ingredients are combined. Mix until all comes together appears uniform. Be careful not to over mix.
  6. Pour into a well greased 9-inch pan and bake at 325 for approximately 45 to 50 minutes.
  7. Oven time may be adjusted.
  8. Remove from oven when an inserted toothpick comes out clean and you notice cake pulling from sides of the pan.


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