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Contest-Winning Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat shortening, sugar, molasses and eggs until well blended. Combine next five ingredients; add to molasses mixture alternately with hot water.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. Meanwhile, for lemon sauce, combine first five ingredients in a small saucepan until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.
  • 4. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Gently stir in butter, lemon juice and zest, increasing juice if needed to thin sauce. Serve with warm cake. Refrigerate leftover sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece with about 1 tablespoon sauce: 283 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


Average Rating: 4.25
  • Cheryl
    Oct 16, 2019
    This is very much like my Grandma's gingerbread except she made a clear lemon sauce that she served warm with the cake - no eggs, spice or cream. I tried this sauce, but the family liked our old sauce better. It's probably just what you get used to and it becomes a memory!
  • sajmfk
    Oct 17, 2018
    Where's the rest of the lemmon sauce ingredients!
  • bernerlover
    Feb 18, 2018

    this was good, but not great. I did love the lemon sauce though and I definitely think it did need it. I'll make the lemon sauce again!

  • Butcher2boy
    Dec 3, 2017

    You had me at lemon sauce! This is absolutely delicious. I drizzled the lemon sauce over the cake after the "feasting of the warm sauce" was devoured. This is a keeper.

  • csilk57
    Dec 23, 2011

    i made this a few years back for christmas and i'm making again this year. the lemon sauce is an amazing compliment to the spicy cake!

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