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A slice of gingerbread loaf cake on a plate ready to eat with the rest of the sliced loaf in the background.

Gingerbread Loaf Cake

Gingerbread loaf cake is an easy and delicious home baked recipe to make. It's soft, moist and topped with a light covering of icing. A perfect holiday bake!
Course Home Baking
Cuisine British
Keyword gingerbread recipe, gingerbreadcake, gingerbreadloaf
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 15 slices
Calories 209kcal
Author Neil


For the cake: -

  • 150 g plain flour
  • 150 g wholemeal flour
  • 100 g light brown soft sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 100 ml Greek yogurt
  • 50 ml skimmed milk
  • 2 tbsp treacle
  • 50 ml sunflower oil
  • tbsp. vanilla extract

For the topping*: -

  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp lemon juice


For the cake: -

  • Preheat oven to 180C and grease a 20cm x 12.5cm / 8” x 5” loaf tin.
  • Sift all the dry ingredients the flours, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger into a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, add the wet ingredients the eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract. Mix together.
  • Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the larger bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold all the ingredients together either using a spatula.
  • Pour cake mixture into loaf tin and bake for 35 - 40 minutes until risen and golden brown.
  • Check the loaf has cooked by inserting a wooden skewer / cocktail stick into the centre which should come out clean if cooked then remove from the oven.
  • Allow to cool slightly in the tin before removing and transferring to a wire baking rack.

For the topping: -

  • In a measuring jug make the icing by whisking together the icing sugar and lemon juice and pour on top of the loaf spreading out evenly.
  • Store in an air tight container or slice into 15 slices and freeze.


*The topping is optional. You could just spread a little margarine /butter on each slice instead.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.3mg