Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

This Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce recipe is such a wonderful dessert during the holidays…or, anytime, for that matter!

Sugar and spice and everything nice in this delicious dessert.

A holiday favorite, without a doubt.

The batter for the cake is classic gingerbread! So moist and flavorful. The glorious smell of gingerbread will fill your house as this bakes in the oven.

The lemon sauce is just heavenly and it matches perfectly with the moist gingerbread cake..

The sauce comes together quickly on the stove top.

Lemon sauce for Christmas gingerbread cake

This cake is the perfect holiday dessert.

Easy to make and always a real crowd-pleaser!

Kids and adults love this awesome Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce!

Gingerbread cake in a pan

The smell in your house as this Gingerbread Cake is holiday magic.

The cake is moist and incredibly comforting and flavorful.

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Gingerbread cake on a cutting board

Just an FYI:  This Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce is Santa’s favorite dessert!

Ho Ho Ho!!

We love Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce!

Now, go and make your house smell amazing and make this awesome Christmas Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce recipe!

Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

This Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce is the perfect holiday dessert! What spells the holidays more than gingerbread? Match it with this luscious lemon sauce, and you'll be in holiday heaven!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: gingerbread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 398 kcal
Author: Kris Longwell

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk

FOR THE LEMON SAUCE

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp grated lemon

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F
  2. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  3. Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. In a mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Add molasses and eggs; beat well.
  6. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition.
  7. Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.
  8. Bake 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.
  10. Top with lemon sauce and sprinkle with grated lemon peel.
  11. LEMON SAUCE
  12. Combine the sugar, butter, and cream in a small saucepan.
  13. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted, stirring constantly.
  14. Reduce heat to low, simmer for 5 minutes.
  15. If desired, thicken with a little cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of cold water...mixed)
  16. Stir in lemon juice and lemon peel.
  17. Cool slightly.
  18. Pour over gingerbread cake!

7 Comments

  • Sure sounds wonderful!! My Mom used to make gingerbread with a brown sugar and raisin sauce with lemon peels and it was fantastic!! I’m very anxious to try your tasty looking gingerbread with lemons sauce recipe! Thanks for reminding me of such lovely memories!! You all are so wonderful!!❤️

    • Hi Lucy! Wow! Your mom’s version sounds absolutely delicious! We just love gingerbread cake and we do like the lemon sauce. Thank you for sharing memory with us. Means a lot to us. Please stay in touch and let us know if you make this wonderful cake! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • I am baking this cake right now for my Dads 80th birthday. He loves spice and carrot cake so I thought I’d give this one a try. Can’t wait for a bite

  • OMG, I can hardly wait. Grandma always served her gingerbread with lemon sauce. I haven’t had this for at least 60 years. Thank you!

    • Hi Lucy! I would increase the bake time by 10 minutes, but try the toothpick test during the final baking period. If toothpick comes out dry, you’re set. Let us know how it turns out! Best, Kris & Wesley

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