Gingerbread Coffee Cake Recipe
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Gingerbread Coffee Cake Recipe

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At our house, we love gingerbread that’s not too sweet. To sweeten it, mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract for drizzling on top. —Barbara Humiston, Tampa, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, salt and allspice; cut in butter until crumbly. Reserve 1/3 cup for topping.
  2. Stir baking powder and baking soda into remaining flour mixture. In a small bowl, whisk egg, buttermilk and molasses. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Transfer batter to a greased 8-in. round baking pan.
  3. Add remaining sugar and cinnamon to reserved topping; sprinkle over batter. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.
Confectioners' Sugar Icing (optional): Mix 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon 2% milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Drizzle over cooled coffee cake. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger.
Originally published as Gingerbread Coffee Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2015, p66

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