Gingerbread-Pumpkin Cake

Serves 15

Perfect for the holidays and all winter long, this spicy gingerbread-pumpkin cake gets its flavor from pumpkin puree, molasses, brown sugar and lots of spices.


  • CAKE
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 cups gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk together gluten-free flour blend, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, eggs, oil and molasses. Mix until ingredients are thoroughly combined and a smooth batter forms.

Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack. Allow to cool before icing.

To make the icing, place powdered sugar in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons water and vanilla. Stir. Add additional water as needed. Icing should be thick yet pourable.

Set wire rack with cake on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Pour icing over the cake, letting it run down the sides. Let set for about 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Analysis: 360 cal, 12 g fat, 55 mg chol, 430 mg sodium, 60 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 34 g sugar, 3 g protein.

Elizabeth Barbone, author of the cookbooks Easy Gluten-Free Baking and How to Cook Gluten-Free, is a regular contributor to Gluten-Free Living. She also blogs at