Low Fat Gingerbread Cake

Low Fat Gingerbread Cake

I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while, it’s been parked on my Recipes I’d Like To Try (Baking) board on Pinterest.  On a Friday night, I tend to bake things that don’t require a tremendous amount of attention; a one-pan item is perfect, especially if it’s going to make the kitchen smell like Christmas.

Usually the first time I make something I follow the recipe exactly, but I made some minor changes on the fly this time. The original recipe is here, and it’s simple and straightforward. Dry ingredients, check. I used whole wheat white flour instead of all-purpose.  I doubled the cinnamon, at least, and made it a heaping teaspoon of ginger.

Dry ingredients

I whisked that together (along with some baking soda) and separately mixed the rest of the ingredients. Instead of using a half cup of white sugar, I did a quarter cup white and a quarter cup of brown.  Everything else went in according to the recipe: molasses, buttermilk, canola oil, and one egg, which did not end up on my sock.

wet ingredients for gingerbread cake

Looks pretty disgusting, doesn’t it? Fortunately, it soon turned to this:


And it started to smell really good. I love molasses. I didn’t even need to use cooking spray on the measuring cup for it because it still had a bit of buttermilk in it, which had the same effect. Then I added the dry mixture into that, stirred it up, and poured it into the pan.

It said to bake for 25 minutes, but mine took about 30.

baked gingerbread cake in pan

I let it cool for 15 minutes, then flipped it out of the pan. Smelled great, texture was perfect.

gingerbread cake

I think next time I make it, I’ll reduce the sugar. It tastes great but I don’t think it needs quite so much sweetness. I also might TRY using all purpose flour, just to see if it makes a difference, but I think it’s a great cake and I will definitely make it again. The kids like it too; they had it for breakfast.

I had some last night while checking out my NBC screeners. I cheated and watched episodes of 30 Rock I’d already seen, because I love them and I figured they’d go well with gingerbread. They did.


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