Moist Gingerbread Cake With Lemon Glaze


This dark, deeply moist, gingerbread beauty was created by Karen DeMasco, the pastry chef at Locanda Verde in New York. Beer and coffee add complexity, and the tangy lemon glaze counters the sweetness.


Preparation of Moist Gingerbread Cake With Lemon Glaze:

Step 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8-inch springform cake pan and line bottom with parchment paper.

Step 2. In a bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside. In a large bowl combine brown sugar, turbinado, ginger, zest of 1 lemon and oil. Beat in egg.

Step 3. Place beer, molasses and coffee in a deep pot, at least 3 quarts. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Mixture will bubble up. Allow to cool 5 minutes.

Step 4. Whisk flour mixture alternately with beer mixture into brown sugar mixture, in 3 shifts. Pour batter in pan and bake 40 minutes without opening oven. Give pan a 180-degree turn and bake another 15 minutes, until cake is springy and a tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack. When cool, remove sides of pan, invert briefly to remove bottom of pan and paper and set upright on a plate.

Step 5. Place confectioners’ sugar in a bowl, whisk in remaining zest and salt, then lemon juice (add up to 2 additional tablespoons to moisten if necessary). Spread over top of cake, allowing glaze to drip down the sides.

Serves: 8 servings Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • Butter for greasing
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg, preferably fresh
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup, packed, dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger (a 2-ounce piece, peeled)
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup stout beer
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • ⅓ cup brewed coffee
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice


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