Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

This recipe is such a wonderful dessert during the holidays…or, anytime, for that matter!

Sugar and spice and everything nice in this delicious dessert. It’s fun for the kids and the adults alike!

Flavorful gingerbread is a holiday favorite, without a doubt.  Read more about the interesting history of Christmas Gingerbread Houses here!  So interesting and FUN!

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.

And the sauce comes together very quickly on the stovetop.

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 is holiday magic.

The cake is moist and incredibly comforting and flavorful.

Yum! Just wait until you dig into that first warm, delicious bite!  You’ll be cheering from the rooftops!  But keep an eye out for passing reindeer!

Gingerbread cake on a cutting board

Ho Ho Ho!!

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But in the meantime…go after this incredible 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 with Lemon Sauce

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!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: gingerbread, holiday baking recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 568kcal

Ingredients

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1 tsp ginger ground
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter 1 stick, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar light
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk

FOR THE LEMON SAUCE

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp grated lemon

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • In a mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add molasses and eggs; beat well.
  • Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition.
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.
  • Bake 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Top with lemon sauce and sprinkle with grated lemon peel.

MAKE THE LEMON SAUCE

  • Combine the sugar, butter, and cream in a small saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat until butter is melted, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat to low, simmer for 5 minutes.
  • If desired, thicken with a little cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of cold water...mixed)
  • Stir in lemon juice and lemon peel.
  • Cool slightly.
  • Pour over gingerbread cake!

Nutrition

Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 604mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 1146IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 4mg
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12 Comments

    • Hi Ann!! So sorry, I thought we had already responded to this, but I don’t think I did. Yes!! The sauce can absolutely be made in advance and then gently reheated on the stove before serving with the cake. Let us know if you make it and how it turns out! And Merry Christmas to you from us!! Kris & Wesley

  • Hello, the first time I ever had gingerbread with lemon sauce was when I was first married way back in 1976. We were in our first apartment and living in New Bedford Massachusetts. I just loved it but I haven’t had it since. At least not the lemon sauce. I am now back home in PA and I’m going to make it myself. I think my Mom will love it. Thanks so much for this recipe.

    • Hi Beth!! Yes…this is one of those recipes that just bring back good memories. So comforting and nostalgic. We love it with the lemon sauce and hope you do, too!! Let us know what you and mom think about it!!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 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

    • That’s wonderful, Rhonda!! We really hope you and your Dad liked this cake!! Please let us know what you all thought! And Happy Birthday, Dad!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 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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