Photo: Jan Smith
16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

This aromatic, spice-filled gingerbread loaf cake is even more moist the next day, so it's well suited to make ahead for a bake sale.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Lightly spoon all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.

Step 3

Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through eggs) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add sugar, stirring until well blended. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in raisins. Scrape batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray, using a rubber spatula. Sprinkle walnuts in a 2 1/2-inch-wide strip down center of loaf.

Step 4

Bake the loaf at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan on a wire rack.

Chef's Notes

Check your local supermarket for small disposable loaf pans; half-size loaves may be ideal for a bake sale. This recipe also makes 3 (3 1/2 x 5 1/2-inch) loaves; bake them for 50 minutes.

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Ratings & Reviews

seaside725's Review

March 13, 2014
I also used applesauce instead of the prune baby food. This was a good recipe and easy to make. I spread some cream cheese over my slice to give it more taste.

EllenDeller's Review

November 22, 2010
We just can't stop eating this! It's so moist and delicious. With coffee at midmorning, it's a snack. Would be great for kids with a glass of milk. On a plate with whipped topping after dinner, it's a dessert. It's also great in the lunchbox. My only change was to use 1/4 cup molasses and 1/4 cup cane syrup. Next time I might add a dash of cloves. The nuts and golden raisins are essential, and I might also add some chopped dates.

tjballowe's Review

December 25, 2009
This was the 2nd recipe I tried and was the better of the two. It has a nice mild flavor and was fairly moist (even with the wheat flour). I also added applesauce (since I did not have the prune baby food on hand) and roughly 1/4 tsp of orange flavor. It was pretty tasty! Oh,and it only needed ~53 minutes oven time, as opposed to 60min--so watch it closely so it doesnot turn out dry..