Warm Gingerbread Cake with a Caramel Sauce

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Warm gingerbread cake with a caramel sauce on a white plate.


Warm gingerbread cake with a caramel sauce on a white plate.

We have had quite the unusual start to winter here in Utah. By now we usually have to bundle ourselves up like the kid in the Christmas story every time we go out. Usually by now we always have snow. Well this year is different. There is no snow. And it is nice outside! Like 55 degrees and jacket weather. I could hear kids playing at the park today and kids riding their bikes outside. It was glorious. I keep thinking that if this is global warming then bring it on! 😉

I am still reminded that it is the holidays with the Christmas lights and holiday baking. And gingerbread. Love gingerbread! But this cake was THE BEST GINGERBREAD CAKE I have had in my life! In fact, it was probably one of the best cakes I have ever had! You guys will not even believe how amazing it is. It baked perfectly and was so moist. But the caramel sauce. Oh.my.gosh. The caramel sauce on top was mind blowing. It went together so well on top of this warm cake. And then with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Wow! I can’t get over how incredible it was. If you know what is good for you run to the store and get the ingredients to make this. Your family will go nuts over this amazing cake. It is perfect for the holidays and so amazing, I might just make it year round!


A slice of warm chocolate caramel cake with whip cream on top on a white plate with a fork on the side.

A slice of chocolate cake with caramel sauce over top and a dollop of cool whip on top with a fork on the side,

Warm Gingerbread Cake with a Caramel Sauce

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A delicious and moist caramel cake that has an amazing caramel sauce on top! Serve it with some fresh whipped cream and you will have a family favorite recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 9 Servings


  • 9 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water

Caramel sauce ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup butter cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • heavy whipped cream optional


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 inch round or square pan and set aside. (I used a 9 inch springform pan and it worked great)
  • In a large bowl or kitchenmaid mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg until blended together. Combine the flour, baking
  • soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately
  • with water.
  • Pour the cake into the 9 inch pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack.

To make the caramel sauce:

  • In a medium size saucepan, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Add the water and bring to a boil until the sauce starts to thicken about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cubed butter and vanilla until melted and smooth. Serve over warm cake with whipped cream.


Serves: 9

Calories414kcal (21%)Carbohydrates66g (22%)Protein2g (4%)Fat17g (26%)Saturated Fat11g (55%)Cholesterol62mg (21%)Sodium360mg (15%)Potassium595mg (17%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar59g (66%)Vitamin A534IU (11%)Calcium107mg (11%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake recipes, gingerbread cake, gingerbread cake with a caramel sauce
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Wow! This recipe sounds amazing! I am a gingerbread-aholic this time of year! I just discovered your blog! Great recipes! Hope to try more out!

  2. This brought back a childhood memory of going after Sunday night church to a friend’s house, where they served this dessert……we are going back 40+ years! I’ve looked all over for something similar….thank you!

  3. This sounds amazing. I love warm gingerbread. That’s how my mom served it with whipped cream.
    I’d love it if you shared this at Holiday Best with the Tumbleweed Contessa.


  4. Made this today as we were having an early xmas due to people going on holidays and I have to say I was dubious when I put it into the oven but it turned out amazing. So moist and delicious! Alyssa is right, warm is the way to go and the sauce is a perfect compliment.

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  5. It is tasty, but the oven temp and/or cooking time is inaccurate. It took about an hour to cook in my oven (which heats to an accurate temperature), and by the time it was done in the middle, the edges were burnt.

  6. I was thinking of taking this to a friends place for dessert – it sounds delicious. Would it be possible to take The cake and sauce and reheat both or would that not work?

  7. I just made this tonight. My gosh was it awesome! I added about an extra 1/4 tsp of ground ginger and instead of the sauce posted, I used what I call my “Crack Sauce”. It is just equal parts 35% cream (whip cream) and brown sugar. Heat over the stove and whisk til it is just about to come to a boil. Remove from heat and enjoy. I can’t see why you couldn’t make a slurry of cornstarch and add it once it is about to boil to help thicken it up a bit. However, the gingerbread was so good. It was just what I have been craving. I cooked about 37min at recommended temp and it turned out amazing. Thanks so very much for sharing your easy but delicious recipe with us!

  8. Is the temperature supposed to be 325? Mine has had to bake for a long time and the edges are burned now that the middle is finally done. Just wondering if it should be a little hotter.

  9. This looks delicious! I am going to make for my mom’s birthday. Just wondering, if I make the sauce beforehand, would it be just as good to microwave right before using? Thanks.

  10. Have you stored this cake for a couple of days – refrigerator or freezer? And can you reward the cake to serve with the sauce? Would appreciate your experiences in making ahead for an event.

    Thank you, Jean

    1. I would store it in a refrigerator for about 2 to 3 days. I would wait to add the sauce until before you are ready to serve. Hope that answers your questions and helps! Enjoy your cake! XOXO

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