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Billie's Gingerbread Cake

Sweet and spicy gingerbread cake soaked in rum syrup

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword gingerbread, gingerbread cake, Ruth Reichl
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 6" bundt pan
Author Ruth Reichl



  • 1/4 tsp Ground Peppercorn
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Clove
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 2 Cups AP Flour (240 g / 8 oz)
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 Stick Unsalted butter, soft (170 g / 6 oz)
  • 1 Cup Sugar (200 g / 7 oz)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Large Yolk
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Ginger root grated
  • 2 tsp zest of 2-3 oranges


  • 1/2 Cup Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 TBS Sugar


  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar (80 g / 3 oz)
  • 5 tsp Orange juice



  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 6" bundt pan or 12 mini bundt pans.

  2. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside.

  3. Mix the sour cream, eggs, and egg yolk, set aside.

  4. In a bowl of a standing mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.

  5. Add the grated ginger and orange zest to the butter mixture and beat until combined.

  6. Add the flour mixture, alternating with the sour cream mixture in three additions starting and ending with the flour mixture.

  7. Scoop the batter into the greased pan(s) (if using mini pans, make sure not to fill it over 3/4) and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.

  8. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool while you make the soak.


  1. Bring the bourbon and sugar to simmer and let simmer for 4 minutes.

  2. Brush the syrup on the cake and give few minutes to soak in.

  3. Remove the cake from the oven and brush the remaining of the syrup.


  1. Once the cake has completely cooled, mix the sugar and orange juice until smooth and use a spoon to drizzle on the cake.