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5 from 6 votes

Gingerbread Loaf

Give me all the loaves masquerading as cake, but especially deep, dark, mysterious gingerbread.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread
Servings: 8
Calories: 425kcal


  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup fancy molasses unsulfured light
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce


  • Heat the oven to 350°F and lightly butter a loaf pan. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
    gingerbread loaf dry ingredients | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • In a bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together 1 cup hot water and molasses. Set aside.
    gingerbread loaf wet ingredients | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the egg until glossy, then mix in the apple sauce and molasses mix.
    gingerbread loaf batter | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well combined and pour into the pan.
    gingerbread loaf ready for the oven | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • Bake for 1 hour or until a tester comes out clean. If the top starts to brown too much, top loosely with a piece of foil. Cool completely in the pan on wire rack before optional glazing (see notes for glaze).
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This is a medium-low sweet loaf, so the glaze will add a lot of sweetness if you're looking for that.
To glaze: mix 1.5 cups powdered sugar with 3 tbsp milk until smooth. Spoon over the top of the loaf.
Estimated nutrition doesn't include glaze.


Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 5.3g | Fat: 12.5g | Saturated Fat: 7.5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 37.4g