Gingerbread Coffee Cake

Gingerbread Coffee Cake

We all love gingerbread cookies, but why not take our gingerbread obsession to the next level? Why serve the same dessert that never gets eaten? Eat this gingerbread coffee cake and no crumbs will be left behind.


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Cooking Time40 min


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 13x9x2" baking pan.
  3. Bring water and molasses in saucepan to boiling.
  4. Stir in baking soda. Let cool.
  5. Beat sugar, eggs, and butter in bowl.
  6. In second bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
  7. Beat flour alternately with molasses, half at a time, into butter until well mixed.  Pour into the prepared pan. 


  1. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and walnuts in small bowl.
  2. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture is coarsely crumbed.
  3. Sprinkle over gingerbread.
  4. Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 40 minutes.


  1.  Whisk sugar, milk, and vanilla in small bowl until soft enough to drip from a spoon.
  2. If needed, add more milk for proper consistency.
  3. Drizzle over top of cake.

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