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Great-Grandma’s Ginger Cake

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling


9 servings

I received this recipe from my great-grandmother and it one of my favorite cakes to make during the holidays. It is so tasty.—Teresa Pelkey, Cherry Valley, Massachusetts


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Whipped topping


  1. In a small bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses and egg; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt and cloves. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition.
  2. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Garnish with whipped topping.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 329 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 288mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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