Individual Warm Gingerbread Cakes

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 45m

Serves 8

These cakes pack potent yet well-balanced, fragrant, spicy heat. If you are particularly sensitive to spice, you can decrease the amount of ground ginger to 1 tablespoon. Guinness is the test kitchen’s favorite brand of stout. Serve the gingerbread plain or with lightly sweetened whipped cream and caramel sauce.


  • 3/4 cup stout
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup packed (5 1/4 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger


Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour eight 6-ounce ramekins and arrange on rimmed baking sheet.

Bring stout to boil in medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Off heat, stir in baking soda (mixture will foam vigorously). When foaming subsides, stir in sugar and molasses until dissolved; let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, whisk flour, ground ginger, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in large bowl. Whisk eggs, oil, and grated ginger into cooled stout mixture until combined. Whisk wet mixture into flour mixture in thirds, stirring vigorously until completely smooth after each addition.

Portion batter into prepared ramekins and gently tap ramekins on counter to release air bubbles. Bake until tops are just firm to touch and toothpick inserted into center comes out with few crumbs attached, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer ramekins to wire rack and let cakes cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe reprinted by permission of America's Test Kitchen. All rights reserved.

RecID 12071

Sign Up for Newsletters Here

Get recipes, private sale alerts and more goodies, oh joy!