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German Gingerbread Loaf

This spiced cake is the perfect addition to any holiday meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Servings: 1 loaf


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp alllspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • About two hours before you want to start making your gingerbread loaf, take half a cup of unsalted butter out of the fridge to come down to room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients into a bowl, mix well and then set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter in the stand mixer on a low speed for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Add the sugar and combine still on a low speed for another 30 seconds. Add in the eggs and molasses and beat on low for 1 minute until well combined.
  • Then alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk in thirds letting it mix well before adding the next third. Mix the batter on a low speed for several minutes until everything is well combined.
  • Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and pour your mixture in, tapping it a couple of times on the counter to get rid of any bubbles. Then bake for 50-60 minutes. For my oven, 55 minutes seems to be the sweet spot.
  • Let the loaf cool for at least 20 minutes before removing it from the pan and slicing.