Gingerbread Tea Cake This low-calorie cake gets its festive flavor from molasses, cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves. Serve it for dessert at the holidays.


25 mins


1 hr 5 mins




  • 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute blend equivalent to 1/4 cup sugar (see Tip)
  • 1 ¼ cups cold water
  • ⅔ cup full-flavor molasses
  • ½ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish


    Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cloves; set aside.

    Step 2

    In a large bowl, whisk together oil and sugar until combined. Add the cold water, molasses and eggs; whisk until combined. Add reserved flour mixture all at once to water mixture, whisking just until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.

    Step 3

    Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Sift confectioners’ sugar over the top and garnish with raspberries, if desired.


Tip: If using sugar substitutes, choose Splenda(R) Sugar Blend for Baking. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1/4 cup sugar. If using sugar substitute, bake cake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Nutrition per serving with substitute: Same as below, except 81 calories, 12 g carbohydrate.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving Per Serving: 83 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 12.5g; dietary fiber 0.3g; sugars 4.9g; fat 3.2g; saturated fat 0.2g; vitamin a iu 43.2IU; calcium 19.5mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 17.1mg; potassium 104.7mg; sodium 54.2mg.


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