This gluten-free gingerbread cake is rich with molasses, cinnamon and ginger. It tastes just like old-fashioned gingerbread cake and makes an elegant holiday breakfast or dessert!

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Gingerbread cake is one of my favorite things to make during the holiday season. It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert and is a great easy cake to bring to parties and holiday meals.

This gingerbread cake recipe turns out like old-fashioned traditional gingerbread. It’s rich in ginger and molasses flavor and has a moist crumb and lovely texture. You’d never guess it’s gluten-free!

This gluten-free gingerbread is delicious topped with a cream cheese glaze or simply dusted with powdered sugar. Either way you make it it’s sure to disappear at your holiday gathering!

For another bundt cake, try this gluten-free pumpkin cake! You also might like this gluten-free apple cake.

For more holiday recipes, try these gluten-free ginger snaps, gluten-free sugar cookies and gluten-free Christmas cookies.

Video: How to Make Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake

Ingredients You’ll Need

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Gluten-Free gingerbread cake has a few very specific, classic ingredients. I also have some ingredients I include in this gluten-free version to help it turn out perfect every time.

  • A high-quality gluten-free 1:1 baking flour: I like to use gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend like King Arthur Flour in my baked goods. It works best to use a gluten-free flour blend that contains xanthan gum in this recipe.
  • Almond flour: Adding a little almond flour gives this cake richness and flavor. If you’re looking to make this nut-free see the recipe card for instructions. It will still turn out great!
  • Ginger + Spices: Ground ginger, of course, is the main spice in gingerbread! And this recipe has plenty of it. A few other seasonal spices like cinnamon, ground cloves and nutmeg also round out the flavor.
overhead shot of wet ingredients for gluten-free gingerbread cake
  • Lemon juice: A little lemon juice gives gluten-free baked goods some extra lift and helps the crumb to be tender rather than dense.
  • Molasses: A quintessential ingredient in gingerbread! I use easy-to-find unsulphured molasses. I don’t recommend blackstrap molasses. I also use unsulphured in these gluten-free gingerbread cookies.
  • Hot water: If you look at any classic gingerbread recipe they all use boiling water to thin the cake. This gluten-free version uses the same trick!

How to Make Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake

step by step instructions of how to make gluten-free gingerbread

These how-to numbered pictures match up with the instructions below.

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  2. Add the butter (or shortening) and white sugar or to the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer). Mix to combine.
  3. Mix in the molasses, eggs (room temperature) and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time.
  5. Slowly drizzle in 1 cup of hot water.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake. It will smell amazing!

Once the cake is cooled you can top it with a dusting of powdered sugar for a simple cake or drizzle it with some cream cheese frosting for a more decadent dessert. Either way is delicious!

If you don’t have a bundt pan, you can also make this classic gingerbread cake in a 9×9 square pan.

You also might like this gluten-free cranberry orange bread.

slice of gluten-free gingerbread on white plate

More gluten-free holiday recipes

I hope you love this gluten-free gingerbread cake recipe as much as we do. If you try it, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 servings
This GLUTEN-FREE Gingerbread Cake is rich with molasses, cinnamon and ginger. EASY to make and tastes just like like old-fashioned gingerbread.

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Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (300g) gluten-free 1:1 baking flour
  • 1/2 cup (48g) almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

Other:

  • 1 1/2 cups (320g) brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter (1 stick) softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) molasses
  • 1 cup (235ml) hot water

Cream Cheese Glaze (Optional):

  • 1/4 cup (56g) butter softened
  • 1/4 cup (56g) cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar sifted if needed
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot water
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 10 to 12 cup bundt pan.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the brown sugar and butter. Mix until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Mix in the lemon juice and molasses. Mix well to combine, scrapping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the flour mixture in three additions alternately with the water starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with, at most, a few moist crumbs.
    Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Cool completely.
  • MAKE THE GLAZE: Using a hand or stand mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese. Make sure they are both softened so the glaze isn't lumpy. Add the powdered sugar and mix to combine. Thin the mixture with 1-2 tablespoons of hot water. Microwave the glaze for 15 seconds to make to pourable (but not too hot), then drizzle over the cake.

Notes

MAKE IT NUT-FREE: Substitute the almond flour for an additional 1/3 cup gluten-free 1:1 baking flour.
MAKE IT DAIRY-FREE: Use shortening instead of butter. You can also use dairy-free cream cheese in the glaze with excellent results. I like the brand Kite Hill almond cream cheese. 
It works best to use a gluten-free flour blend that contains xanthan gum in this recipe. I like to use gluten-free measure-for-measure flour (also called 1:1 baking flour) blend like King Arthur Flour in my baked goods. 
I use unsulphured molasses (the regular Grandma’s kind you find at the grocery store) for this recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 548IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 3mg

RECIPE ORIGINALLY PUBLISH 11/2015. Post updated 11/2022.

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Hi, I'm Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I'm here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. would love to make this gingerbread cake but with no grams or ounces, it is difficult, as cup sizes vary from country to country. I live in Australia and I know our cup sizes are different to American
    Could you possibly put both cups and grams as you have in your Best Gluten Free Vanilla Cake.
    Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF flour is very very expensive here in Australia and as I only buy this flour I would hate to have my cake fail simply because of weight of ingredients

    Thanking you advance
    Jane

    1. Thanks for pointing this out Jane! I have been including grams measurements with all my recent recipes, but some of my older recipes don’t have them yet. I just updated the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This cake was soooo goood!!! I remember finding a little bakery in a town, Entrevaux, on our way to Lavender Fest in Provence in 2002. A “Gaston”-looking man had this little quaint bakery there. I bought a little gingerbread cake from him that was out of this world. Have been looking for a recipe to honor my heaven-like memory—found it today in this recipe!!!

    Thank You Erin!!!!

    1. This is best comment! What a lovely food memory. So glad they cake reminded you of that time!

  3. I have a son who is gluten free and also has rice allergy. So many of the GF flours have rice. Can you suggest another 1:1 flour. We have been using oat for waffles and pancakes. We love your almond butter no flour cookies. Please help us find some more awesome tasty treats.

    1. You can use King Arthur Measure-for-Measure flour. Do not use King Arthur All Purpose gluten-free flour because it does not contain xanthan gum. I hope this helps!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for Christmas and it was so delicious! The flavours were perfect and so moist, I had to stop myself from eating it all!!

  5. Question – I don’t have almond flour on hand and will be using 1:1 GF flour. So, the total amount then is 2 1/3 cups the flour or 2 1/2 cups + 1/3 cup?

    1. If you’re not using almond flour the total amount of gluten-free 1:1 baking flour will be 2 1/3 cups. Gluten-free flour is more dense than almond flour so you need 1/3 cup of it to replace the 1/2 cup almond flour. Sorry for the confusion!

  6. This Gingerbread Bundt Cake is delicious!!! I followed it exactly and the flavor and texture were perfect for Christmas morning. My two daughters that are gluten free couldn’t get enough of it. Will definitely be making this again!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this cake as part of hosting, and my Christmas 2022 spread. My daughter ate two slices. The cake is incredibly moist and so good – and that icing drizzle – WOW! Anyway, I made the cake the night before and wrapped in foil to keep it fresh. Then plated in the morning, and added the drizzle then. The cake kept moist and good covered under the cake dome until the evening. Definitely will make this again!

  8. 5 stars
    This cake was absolutely delicious! Really moist with great texture, and the balance of spices was spot on. It was great served with freshly whipped cream.

  9. Do you think this recipe will work fine with AP flour instead of the 1:1 GF flour? Gluten free isn’t required here! 🙂 Thx in advance!

    1. It’s hard to say! It’s been 10 years since I’ve baked with regular flour and this recipe is specifically designed to use gluten-free flour. Sorry about that!

    1. Hmm I’m honestly not sure! It’s been over 10 years since I’ve baked with regular flour. Sorry about that!

    1. I think the bake time will be slightly less. I would check it at 40 minutes and then add time as needed. I hope this helps!

  10. 5 stars
    A huge holiday hit! A few questions as I’m making again and can’t remember what I did last year.
    What is the proper temperature for the hot water?
    Is brown sugar packed?
    Do you start with cold butter? or softened?
    Have you tried with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 ?

    Thanks so much! Love your recipes!

    1. Hi Gina! These are great questions! The water should be hot, but not boiling. Brown sugar is packed, butter should be softened, Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 will work great! I hope this helps. Enjoy your holiday!

    2. 4 stars
      It was just a smidge dry. I’m wondering if there is something that I could add to make it more moist? It tasted delicious…just a tad more moist and it would have be e n perfect!

  11. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness this is perfection! I made it exactly as written and used the only 1:1 flour I had on hand. Krusteaz hasn’t been my favorite GF flour, but it was fantastic in this recipe. My husband liked it so much he said to make sure I put it in my notebook of great recipes. Thank you so much for it. I didn’t have to bake it as long as the recipe called for. About 42 minutes, I just watched closely and took it out when toothpick came out clean.

    1. I’m so glad the cake turned out for you! So honored it’s going in the notebook of recipes 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

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