Vegan Black Sticky Gingerbread

by cakeduchess on January 11, 2012 · 31 comments


There are some adjectives that instantly attract me to a baking recipe. Sticky and gooey are very attractive baking adjectives. Ooey and gooey together will get me to bake the recipe immediately. 

That said, I was enamored with this recipe for Black Sticky Gingerbread from the lovely blog 101 Cookbooks. I make gingerbread every winter. Even though our winters are not really the typical winter you may be experiencing, I still crave wintery type desserts. Gingerbread is rich and flavorful. I could eat it every day. 
Some recipe notes: The first time I baked Heidi’s gingerbread, I subbed out only the butter for Earth Balance margarine and used less honey and more molasses. The second time I subbed out the eggs for the ener-g and cut out the honey. 
Heidi also mentions having an issue flipping the cake out of her Bundt. Maybe because I used less honey the first time and no honey the second time, I never had this issue. I sprayed the Bundt pan generously with baking spray and it flipped out just fine. If you have concerns about it sticking to the Bundt pan, line a 13x9x2 pan with parchment paper. Each time I never quite achieved the sticky topping she mentions in her post. It was not missed and was gingerbread perfection to us either way.  
I had my sweet little assistant helping me that day. He told me as he was mixing, “Mommy…I’m Cake Boss!”

Then he licked the spoon and said, “Ewww…this isn’t chocolate cake! It’s spicy!” So, this wasn’t his favorite cake. But the rest of us loved it.

Vegan Black Sticky Gingerbread
adapted from: 101 Cookbooks

serves: 12-14

1 cup  Earth Balance margarine
1/2 cup  water
1 cup unsulphured blackstrap molasses

1 cup  tightly packed dark brown / Muscovado sugar 

1 1/2 cups  whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

2 teaspoons ground ginger 

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
substitution for 3 large eggs (I used ener-g. Follow directions on box)
1/2 cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
1 packed tablespoon grated fresh ginger root

Preheat the oven to 325F, with a rack in the center. Spray your bundt pan generously with baking spray or run down your baking pan with margarine and line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan so the parchment hangs over by a couple inches. This will help you remove the cake from the pan later on.

Combine the Earth Balance margarine, water, molasses and brown sugar in a medium non-reactive saucepan and place over low heat.

Stir the mixture frequently until the margarine is just melted, and all of the ingredients are well blended. Remove from the heat, pour into a large bowl and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, sift together the flours, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, all-spice and cloves, and set aside. Stir in the ener-g egg replacer (or whatever egg replacer you are using). Mix in the milk and stir until
combined. In 1/2 cup proportions, fold the dry ingredients into the batter. Fold in the grated ginger.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for ~45-60 minutes. Start checking for doneness after about 40 minutes. When the top of the cake springs back when touched you’re good. Mine was done just before 45 minutes. The baking time depends on the pan you’re using and your oven.

Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes, then, flip the cake onto your serving plate. If you’re using the overhang of parchment (if you’re using a rectangular pan), lift the cake out of the pan and cool completely on a wire rack before cutting. Refrigerate any cake that is leftover and let come to room temperature before serving. This would be fabulous with whipped cream. PS: My friend Brian from A Thought for Food made a lovely Coconut Milk Whipped Cream. That’s what I’m making next to go with this.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

marla January 11, 2012 at 5:06 am

I am with you on those adjectives. You had me at sticky & gooey. This cake looks amazing Lora :)


Christine's Pantry January 11, 2012 at 5:18 am

This cake looks amazing.


Priya January 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Super moist gingerbread..


bananamondaes January 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

What beautiful photos – love the light coming in over the cake, and the single bundt bit! I adore gingerbread…but have been banned from making cake in January so my other half can lose some weight. :)


Raw Food Haven January 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Lovely photos and delicious Gingerbread!


Kiri W. January 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I looove gingerbread, and this one looks perfectly dark and sticky. Just how I like it :) Gorgeous recipe, and very impressive that you made it vegan :)


Carolyn January 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Yes, when it comes to food, sticky and gooey are the best of all adjectives. This looks so good!


A Thought For Food January 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

This cake looks divine… and I too am unable to resist anything ooey and gooey.


Carolyn January 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Yes, when it comes to food, sticky and gooey are the best of all adjectives. This looks so good!


Jamie January 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm

LOL he is so funny! but he’s right – I think many people have problems with gingerbread only because they expect chocolate! I am back and forth whether or not I like it and that really depends on the recipe. Your cake looks great – gooey is right, and that makes a cake! Delicous!


Junia January 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm

this looks fabulous! sticky gooey cakes are the best. especially if they are vegan. :)


Jan January 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I love gingerbread cake! I think it’s funny that your son’s response to the batter was “Ewww…this isn’t chocolate cake! It’s spicy!” My brother used to be the same way ;)

Reply January 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Love how you veganized this cake, looks amazing :) xoxo


Claudia January 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I have not done any gingerbread this winter – so this weekend will have to rectify that. I love “sticky, ooey, gooey….” And I love your Cake Boss!


Happy When Not Hungry January 12, 2012 at 1:18 am

This looks beautiful! I love anything gingerbread. Yum!


Eliotseats January 12, 2012 at 1:28 am

Ooey, gooey! Absolutely beautiful cake!


Jeanette January 12, 2012 at 2:56 am

Your cake looks nice and moist – like this vegan version with no eggs.


Leslie Limon January 12, 2012 at 3:05 am

Your cake looks incredibly moist and delicious! I never would have guessed it was vegan. :)


livingthesweetlifeblog January 12, 2012 at 3:23 am

Delicious recipe :) Gingerbread, screams winter to me. There’s something so comforting and warm about it. Delicious :)


Beth Michelle January 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

Who wouldnt want to bake (or eat) a dessert with those adjectives!!! This gingerbread looks amazing.


Paula January 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Awww, I can imagine how surprised your little Cake Boss was by the spicey flavour. No fun when you are expecting chocolate! This gingerbread has got to be one of the moistest (is that a word) ones I’ve seen. Looks delicious.


Cake Duchess January 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

lol! He really thought it was chocolate. ;)


Mari @ Mari's Cakes January 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I am sure I’ll love this cake. I like the soft sun light on cake. Your assistant is adorable.


Cake Duchess January 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Thank you, Mari:)He loves to bake with me.xx


Nancy January 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

So glad to see gingerbread getting some good press! This not only looks wonderful but sounds delicious – definitely bookmarking to try!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' January 13, 2012 at 1:17 am

Love the adjectives that make you head to the kitchen :) A moist, spicy gingerbread with a cup of tea sounds great about now. Your little Cake Boss is adorable!


Gina January 14, 2012 at 1:20 am

Lora, it looks amazing as always. You are doing such a great job with your vegan baking, good for you. And the little boss is too cute. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Shulie January 14, 2012 at 2:03 am

Lora, I don;t know how you manage to veganize te desserts and they still come out fluppy and wonderful!! I am with your kiddo there would confuse it for chocolate. have a wonderful weekend and I am ordering one thin crust pizza!! Beam it!! :)


Terra January 14, 2012 at 2:40 am

Yeah, sticky and gooey would have my attention anyday! Your cake sounds wonderful:-) I love making vegan dishes. I love that I have discovered that vegan dishes are simply delicious! Hugs, Terra


Magic of Spice January 18, 2012 at 3:08 am

I love your descriptive words here :) This looks fantastic!


Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} January 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Your assistant is so funny! I’m the Cake boss :)
The cake sounds so good, I love gingerbread cakes. Love the substitutions.


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