Gingerbread Coffee Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 20, 2022
At our house, we love gingerbread that’s not too sweet. To sweeten it, mix confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla extract for drizzling on top. —Barbara Humiston, Tampa, Florida
Gingerbread Coffee Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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, room temperature
  • 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 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. 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.
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.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 195 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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