Go Back
+ servings
Nana's Gluten Free Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake
Print Pin
5 from 1 vote

Nana's Gluten Free Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

A gluten free, dairy free version of a vintage recipe for pumpkin bread from a children's book called Old Witch’s Magic Bread with ginger added.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free gingerbread pumpkin cake, gluten free pumpkin cake, pumpkin gingerbread cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 servings
Calories 173kcal


For the cake

  • 1/3 cup margarine, softened or 5 1/3 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cup King Arthur gluten free flour mix or make your own, see below
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon coriander optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional)

For the frosting

  • 4 ounces Tofutti, softened imitation cream cheese made of tofu
  • 3 tablespoons margarine softened
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces confectioners sugar about 2 cups

Optional: Make your own gluten free flour mix

  • 1 pound brown rice flour 2 cups
  • 4 ounces potato flour 1/4 cup
  • 4 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 2 ounces tapioca flour 2 tablespoons
  • 2 ounces corn flour 2 tablespoons


For the cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream margarine, add brown sugar and mix until sugar is blended. Sometimes there are lumps in brown sugar; mash against side of bowl or remove. Using hand mixer add in eggs on “fold” setting. Blend in molasses and pumpkin. Tip: To get molasses to pour out evenly, oil a glass measuring cup with olive oil before measuring the molasses. Add vinegar, soda, salt, xanthan gum, spices (including coriander) & baking powder.
  • Measure out 1 1/2 c. of sifted flour. Add gradually to wet ingredient mixture folding in with hand mixer. Blend thoroughly. Add walnuts if you like. I omitted.
  • Pour the batter into two greased medium sized loaf pans with waxed paper added to bottom and ends. When you place the bread in oven turn the temperature to 325 degrees. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes - until a straw from a witch’s broom comes out clean. I baked the full 60 minutes and the bread was perfectly done.
  • Cool and ice with the following recipe or use lemon curd sauce from the grocery store served on individual slices of pumpkin gingerbread. Tip: I put the loaves on a raised cake platter to ice as it’s easier that way and use a plastic spatula to spread the frosting.

For the frosting

  • Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Frost cake.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 608IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg