A scrumptious holiday confection, this gluten-free gingerbread cake with icing is a must-make recipe! It can easily be adapted to an egg-free and vegan version using the instructions in the notes (we tested the no egg cake for proven success). As written, the recipe can be made with or without dairy. No one will notice the difference between this allergen-friendly recipe and the traditional version!
A kitchen scale makes this whole process easier with less mess and a more predictable result. If you haven't invested in one yet, they're quite easy to use and I recommend this affordable kitchen scale.
I definitely recommend using a metal loaf pan for this recipe. When baking in a glass pan, the loaf was still wet in the middle and did not rise as well.
*Molasses: Most importantly, do not use blackstrap molasses. This type of dark sticky molasses is used for more savory dishes, like barbecue sauce. For best taste, you want to use a molasses labeled "dark", "robust", or unsulphured. I used Grandma's brand unsulphured molasses for my recipe trials. Wholesome brand has an excellent dark sticky organic molasses.
Storage: Gluten-Free Gingerbread cake can be stored on the counter at room temperature for up to two days. You will want to wrap it in beeswax or plastic wrap once it cools, or place it in an airtight container. In the refrigerator, this recipe will last for 5-7 days in an airtight container. Or store this quick bread in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or on the counter when ready to serve and eat.
Make it with dairy (vs dairy-free): If making this recipe with cow's milk, you will still want to include the vinegar for best taste and texture, though it's not completely necessary. If using buttermilk, do not include the apple cider vinegar and instead replace it with a tablespoon of buttermilk. Using buttermilk will make the cake a little bit heavier.
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