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Gingerbread Pudding Cake

Super-moist cake gets all spiced up in this scrumptious slow-cooked dessert. If you want it a little sweeter, drizzle it with maple syrup. —Barbara Cook, Yuma, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional


  • Mix molasses and 1 cup water. Cream softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg white and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with molasses mixture, beating well after each addition. Fold in pecans.
  • Pour into a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Mix hot water and melted butter; pour over batter (do not stir).
  • Cook, covered, on high until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 2-2-1/2 hours. Turn off slow cooker; let stand 15 minutes. If desired, serve with whipped cream.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 431 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 377mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • momio
    May 9, 2017

    I served this to friends and my husband and we all loved it which is saying a lot especially when I realized I had never made a crockpot dessert that I thought came out good. I was extremely skeptical about the amount of liquid but it did turn out fine. I agree it might be a tad bit over the top with butter but I love butter! I might cut that down because it is very moist and I don't think it would be missed. After 2 1/2 hours cooking on high the middle was still not done but the outside looked very done so I wasn't sure what to do but I turned the crockpot to low and let it cook for another half hour and it was fine. I did let it sit like the recipe says and I think the middle finishes cooking then too. We had no part that wasn't cooked and the outside that looked so done I really liked! I gave it four stars only because it took a little adjusting to get it just right. My guests said absolutely a keeper! My husband immediately had seconds and he's not even a dessert eater.

  • shannondobos
    Oct 31, 2016

    The flavor of this cake was delicious! The only complaint my family had was that we thought the butter was excessive. There is ample liquid already, and it left it seeming a bit oily. Next time I will cut the butter in the final step by at least half, and I know it will be just perfect for my family's tastes!

  • rockridgekate
    Oct 22, 2016

    incredibly easy and great flavor

  • ThePlaidAvenger
    Nov 24, 2015

    Made this for an office Thanksgiving party today because I love my slow cooker and this sounded snazzy. Doubled the recipe in a 6-quart oval cooker, came out moist and flavorful without being too rich or too sweet. This recipe's a keeper, definitely making this again!

  • crazy4sushi
    Dec 26, 2011

    Picked this because the in-laws like gingerbread and that this could free up the oven. Super easy to throw together. Wasn't sure it was gonna work because it was really soupy going into the crock pot. The middle was still pretty soggy but the edge pieces had a nice cake-like texture. As for the flavor, it was too rich for me and not sweet enough. I could only take a few small bites and that was more than enough. Seeing as I made it for the in-laws I didn't get any positive feedback from them so I am guessing I won't be making this again.

  • spouse1
    Nov 15, 2010

    Tried this recipe Friday night for a game night party and it was a complete disaster. I have been baking since I was 12 years old and have never had a recipe turn out so bad. The cake did not cook all the way and then burned on the bottom. There was no cake or pudding, just a disgusting tasteless mess. I tried to follow the recipe exactly as written, so I can't figure out what went wrong. All the other reviews make it sound so good and easy. This one will not make it into my recipe file.

  • Kimberly Barone
    Nov 8, 2010

    Easy and sooo delicious. I served it with whipped cream. Will make again!

  • anisson
    Feb 21, 2010

    I had never made a cake in my slow cooker so I was curious how it would turn out. I was pleasantly surprised. It went together quickly, and was very good with real whipped cream on top. A tasty, noval idea that I will make again.

  • skhoyt
    Dec 29, 2009

    I doubled this recipe for my 6-qt. crock pot. It came out beautifully. I only used half the butter called for in the topping - didn't miss it. The whole family liked this. We topped it with whipped cream. Next time I want to try lemon sauce.

  • katwalken
    Mar 13, 2009

    I love the pudding cake recipes and as a collector, I especially love seeing the pictures of the food in the vintage and depression glassware!