Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Prairie Gingerbread

This one bowl Gingerbread cake is a great way to celebrate Christmas. Gingerbread is an old fashioned cake made with molasses, ginger and other spices.  
Christmas is tomorrow! Are you ready? I only have a few last minute touches to do before tomorrow, but for the most part, I'm ready!!! In Texas, Tamales are a Christmas tradition, so that's what we will be having tonight for Christmas eve dinner. I have no idea how to make true tamales, so I always order mine from an individual that makes them homemade. 

I serve traditional side dishes to go along with the tamales, Mexican rice, beans, red salsa, homemade tortillas and a traditional Tres Leches Cake from a local Panaderia. All in all it should be a delicious Christmas Eve. I am planning a Christmas morning breakfast with my husband and kids and then we're opening presents and having a traditional Christmas dinner with family later in the day. 

I have finished up all my Christmas baking and have several trays just waiting to be delivered to family and friends. My youngest son and I love Gingerbread cake, so today, I am sharing my favorite Gingerbread recipe with y'all. 

There's just something so cozy, comforting and nostalgic when it comes to homemade gingerbread. Trust me, there is no better aroma than the smell of freshly baked gingerbread lingering through your house. This one bowl Gingerbread recipe is simple to make and a great way to celebrate Christmas.

I found this recipe in Melissa Gilbert's "My Prairie Cookbook". I can't tell you how many episodes of Little House on the Prairie that I have watched where gingerbread is mentioned. I searched high and low for the recipe and finally found it in Melissa's cookbook. Old fashioned recipes have always been a favorite of mine, so I couldn't wait to bake this gingerbread. 

I had tweaked the recipe just a bit after the first time I made it. I thought it needed just an increases in a few of the ingredients and it would be perfect. I used self-rising flour instead of all purpose for a softer and lighter cake and added one extra egg. I also increased the brown sugar and the molasses just a bit, and substituted butter for the shortening. I prefer real butter in baked goods and I think that Ma Ingalls used butter back then also since shortening wasn't available. 

The end result yielded in my opinion the perfect gingerbread cake recipe.  I think you will like this recipe, especially since it's prepared in one bowl!!! 

Yield: 6-8
Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Prairie Gingerbread

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Prairie Gingerbread

This one bowl Gingerbread cake is a great way to celebrate Christmas. Gingerbread is an old fashioned cake made with molasses, ginger and other spices.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 50 Min


  • 1 1/2  cups sifted self rising flour
  • 3/4  cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2- teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2  cup butter, softened
  • 1/2  cup warm water
  • 2/3  cup molasses
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
Cream Cheese Buttercream Icing
  • 1/4 cup (1 - stick) real butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (more if needed)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 x 8 inch or 9 x 9 square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and baking soda.
  3. Add the softened butter, warm water, molasses, vanilla and eggs.
  4. Beat with an electric mixer on low until combined, then beat on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour the batter into prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a baking rack for 10 minutes. Then invert pan to remove gingerbread.
  8. Serve plain, dusted with powdered sugar, with a dollop of fresh cream or frost with cream cheese icing (recipe below).
  9. To make the icing: In a medium size bowl, add the butter and cream cheese. Beat until fluffy and then add the vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until it is the consistency of spreading. If the icing isn't thick enough add a little more powdered sugar and mix
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    1 comment:

    karanmi said... #

    Sounds really good. I love Gingerbread Cakes and it has been a long time since I have attempted to make one. Have some left over Cool Whip so think I will take a break from my candy making and mix one of these up for tonight's desert.