This easy, soft gingerbread bundt cake is packed with the rich flavours of orange, molasses, ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice.
A quick, simple bundt cake perfect for this Fall or Holiday season! This recipe takes advantage of the citrus season, with the addition of all those warm and cozy spices that are essential during Fall.
The holiday season is filled with warm spices, cakes and biscuits (or cookies as my North American friends call them). And this gingerbread cake has all the holiday vibes packed into a quick and easy cake!
Don't forget to check out my Rich Christmas Cake!
Why You Will Love this Gingerbread Bundt Cake
- This is a really easy bundt cake that comes together in a few minutes.
- This cake is best baked the day before an event to allow the molasses and spices to really get to know each other. Which makes it the perfect bake-ahead cake for all your Fall or Holiday events!
- The combination of orange, molasses and warm spices will warm your soul.
What is Gingerbread?
Gingerbread can refer to cakes, cookies (or biscuits) that have been flavoured with ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon which is sweetened not only with sugar but with molasses or honey for a deeper more complex flavour.
Gingerbread is said to have been brought to Europe from Armenia in 992 CE. These cakes and biscuits can be ground across the continent.
In England, gingerbread can refer to as cake (similar to this recipe) or as a biscuit in the form of a gingerbread man. These fun-shaped cookies have been attributed to the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
In the Netherlands and Belgium, this gingerbread cake takes the form of the ontbijtkoek (or peperkoek), while in Germany the cookies are known as Lebkuchen. Every region in Europe has a ginger-based cake or biscuit.
Here are some notes on the ingredients used in this recipe. Please see the recipe card for quantities.
- Plain/All-Purpose/Standard Grade Flour
- Baking Soda and Baking Powder to give the cake lift.
- Eggs to bind the cake together.
- Butter adds richness.
- Molasses adds a delicious flavour but can be substituted in entirety or partially with golden syrup.
- Ground Ginger, Ground Cinnamon, and Mixed spice ( can be substituted with the pumpkin spice mix).
- Water adds moisture.
- Icing Sugar for the glaze.
Salt is a crucial ingredient in all baked goods. I use table salt in all my recipes. One teaspoon of table salt equals 1.5 teaspoons of Morton Kosher Salt equals 2 teaspoons of Diamond Crystal.
Plain/all-purpose/standard grade flour can be substituted on a 1-to-1 basis for recipes that have ½ to 1 teaspoon of baking powder per 125 grams/1 cups of flour. If the recipe requires more than 1 teaspoon per cup, simply add the extra baking powder to the recipe to make up the difference. Self-raising/rising flours may already contain salt so this may need to be omitted from the recipe as well.
Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)/Baking Powder Substitutes: 1 teaspoon of baking powder = ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
Room Temperature Ingredients
Use room temperature ingredients! Using room temperature ingredients ensures that ingredients in the batter or dough will incorporate easier. Take note that room temperature refers to around 20°C/68F.
- To bring eggs to room temperature quickly, place them into warm water for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- To bring butter to room temperature quickly, cut the butter into cubes and zap in the microwave at 20% power in 10-second intervals. Or place the cubes in a bowl over warm water (such as with a double boiler) over low heat for 1 minute!
- Milk, buttermilk, and cream can be brought to room temperature by zapping in the microwave at 20% power in 10-second intervals. Or on a low heat for a minute or two swirling every 10-15 seconds.
Weighing ingredients is more accurate than measuring cups overall, and this is my recommendation for my recipes as they are all developed and tested using grams only. However, I have activated the US customary conversions on the recipe card, these are based on generally accepted conversions. Cups are equal to 236mL/ 8 fluid ounces, tablespoons are 15mL and teaspoons are 5mL.
Measuring cups and spoons are an essential addition to every kitchen! Especially if you don't use a kitchen scale. Invest in a set to ensure you add the correct ingredients for accurate measuring. When in doubt - always use a level spoon or cup measure.
How to Orange Gingerbread Cake
Step 1 - Preheat the oven to 170°C/340F or 150°C fan-assisted. Place the rack in the middle of the oven.
Step 2 - Whisk together the flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Step 3 - Melt together the sugar, butter, and molasses until smooth. Allow cooling for about 5 to 10 minutes before adding in the orange juice, water, zest and eggs, whisk together until well combined.
Step 4 - Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk together until just combined.
Step 5 - Grease the bundt pan either using butter and a dusting of flour or liberally spray with a non-stick spray. Pour the cake mixture into the bundt pan and tap the pan on the kitchen counter to release air bubbles.
Step 6 - Bake the cake for 40-50 minutes (checking at the 40-minute mark) until a cake tester comes out mostly clean. Let the cake cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a wired rack or plate to cool completely.
Step 7 - Make the glaze by mixing together the icing sugar, spiced and orange juice until smooth with a pouring consistency. Pour over the cake and serve.
Pro Tips for this Recipe
Fan-forced or fan-assisted oven temperature must be decreased by 20°C/25F. Use an oven thermometer to determine the accuracy of your oven dial.
Metal bakeware is superior when it comes to baking biscuits, cookies, brownies, muffins and quick bread, scones, cakes. These heat up and cool down faster than glassware. Glassware is heavier, heats up and cools down slower than metal and is more suited for bread puddings, pies, crisps, crumbles and cobblers.
Storage and Freezing
This cake will keep for several days in an airtight container at room temperature. And can be frozen, wrapped and stored in an airtight container for about 2 months.
Orange Gingerbread Cake FAQ
Gingerbread can refer to a ginger cake that is flavoured with ginger and cinnamon, and sweetened with sugar, honey or molasses.
Gingerbread refers to a variety of baked goods that can either be a cake or a biscuit (cookie) flavoured with ginger and cinnamon (amongst other warm spices) and sweeter with sugar, honey or molasses.
Yes. In fact, it is recommended that this cake is allowed to rest overnight or for up to 24 hours before serving. This is a great cake to be made the day before an event.
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Gingerbread Bundt Cake
Gingerbread Bundt Cake
- 360 grams plain flour
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1½ mixed spice pumpkin spice
- ½ table salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 125 grams butter
- 200 grams caster sugar
- 170 grams molasses
- 125 grams orange juice
- 125 grams water
- 2 large eggs
- zest of an orange
- 150 grams icing sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3-5 tablespoons orange juice or water or milk
- Preheat the oven to 170°C/340F or 150°C fan-assisted. Place the rack in the middle of the oven.
- Whisk together the flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.360 grams plain flour, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1½ mixed spice, ½ table salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- Melt together the sugar, butter, and molasses until smooth.125 grams butter, 200 grams caster sugar, 170 grams molasses
- Allow to cool for about 5 to 10 minutes before adding in the orange juice, water, zest and eggs, whisk together until well combined.125 grams orange juice, 125 grams water, zest of an orange, 2 large eggs
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk together until just combined.
- Grease the bundt pan either using butter and a dusting of flour or liberally spray with a non-stick spray. Pour the cake mixture into the bundt pan and tap the pan on the kitchen counter to release air bubbles.
- Bake the cake for 40-50 minutes (checking at the 40-minute mark) until a cake tester comes out mostly clean. Let the cake cool in the tin for 10-20 minutes before turning it out onto a wired rack or plate to cool completely.
- Make the glaze by mixing together the icing sugar, spiced and orange juice until smooth with a pouring consistency. Pour over the cake and serve.150 grams icing sugar, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 3-5 tablespoons orange juice or water or milk
Nutrition information is an estimate. If scaling the recipe remember to scale your cook and bakeware accordingly.