Rating: 4.5 stars
91 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 64
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

If you're looking for a new addition to your holiday dessert table, I hope you give this a try. Enjoy!



Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Grease and lightly flour a 9-inch square baking pan.

  • Whisk flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and Chinese five-spice powder in a bowl.

  • Stir sugar, molasses, oil, and egg into flour mixture until just combined.

  • Pour in boiling water and whisk until the batter is smooth and shiny, about 1 minute.

  • Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Tap pan gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

  • Mix powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a bowl until sugar dissolves.

  • Pour lemon juice mixture over cake while cake is still hot. Spread the mixture around with a spatula to ensure even distribution. Let cake cool completely before serving.

Nutrition Facts

355 calories; protein 3.2g; carbohydrates 57.5g; fat 13.1g; cholesterol 20.7mg; sodium 384.4mg. Full Nutrition