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Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Hard Sauce Recipe

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    For the Gingerbread Cake:

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup molasses
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup hot water

    For the Lemon Hard Sauce:

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well combined.

    In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy using a hand mixer or stand mixer.

    Add the molasses and egg to the butter-sugar mixture, and beat until fully incorporated.

    Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed until just combined.

    Slowly pour in the hot water while continuing to mix until the batter is smooth.

    Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

    Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

    While the cake is baking, prepare the lemon hard sauce. In a medium bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until well combined.

    Add the lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, and vanilla extract to the butter-sugar mixture. Beat until smooth and creamy.

    Once the cake is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Serve the gingerbread cake warm or at room temperature, topped with a generous dollop of lemon hard sauce.

    Enjoy your delicious Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Hard Sauce!

    This recipe yields a delightful dessert that combines the warmth of gingerbread with the tanginess of lemon, making it perfect for any occasion, especially during the holiday season.

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