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Gingerbread Pudding Cake


Gingerbread Pudding Cake

I like pumpkin spice, but I love gingerbread.

Gingerbread Pudding Cake

There’s just something about the combination of the warm spices, moist cake, and molasses that I can’t get enough of!


I eat my gingerbread topped with applesauce, and this gingerbread pudding cake was inspired by that combination of gingerbread and apples.  The applesauce in the cake helps to make it moist, and the apple cider gives the sauce great flavor.

And this gingerbread pudding cake does part of the work for you. Just add the topping ingredients, and, like magic, it forms a sauce underneath the cake as it bakes. Top it with a little whipped cream for some extra deliciousness.

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Gingerbread Pudding Cake
5 from 1 vote

Gingerbread Pudding Cake

Gingerbread Pudding Cake is a moist apple gingerbread cake that makes its own caramel apple sauce while it bakes. 

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 230 kcal
Author i heart eating



  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and spices. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together applesauce, milk, oil, molasses, and vanilla together until well-combined.
  4. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until combined.
  5. Pour batter into an 8x11-inch (shallow 2 quart), or similarly sized, baking dish.

  6. In a separate bowl, stir sugars and cinnamon together.
  7. Sprinkle topping evenly over the batter.
  8. Pour apple cider and water over the topping. DO NOT STIR!
  9. Bake for 40 minutes, or until middle is set.
  10. Cool 5-10 minutes before serving.
  11. Top with toasted pecans, if desired.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition facts have been estimated.

Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Pudding Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 59mg 2%
Potassium 262mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Sugars 35g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    January 7, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    What could you use instead of apple cider?

    • Reply
      January 8, 2018 at 11:33 am

      I haven’t tried anything else, but I would think that apple juice would be the closest sub. Water may also work, but I can’t say for sure. Good luck!

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      February 28, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      I used 2/3 cup apple sauce and topped the rest up with water…is amazing!!!

      • Reply
        March 1, 2018 at 11:19 am

        Thank you for the tip! So glad you liked it!

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    November 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Served this with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was DELICIOUS!

    • Reply
      November 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      So glad you liked it! That’s exactly how my husband likes his cake, too. =)

  • Reply
    November 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Head over heels for this pudding cake. So perfect for the holidays and so gorgeous!!

    • Reply
      November 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you!!

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