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Ginger Raisin Cake Bars

Ginger Raisin Cake Bars are so easy to make, so moist and so warmly spiced, with just a skim of sweet vanilla glaze.

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Ginger Raisin Cake Bars, so easy to make.

Originally published November 2011. 

Here’s a very moist and delicious recipe for a Ginger Raisin Cake Bars that we love at our house. This makes a terrific dessert served warm with a little butterscotch or caramel sauce or as a glazed cake.

During the holidays we also cut this scrumptious cake into little squares or bars to add to the assorted cookie trays we offer to friends and family who drop by.

Ginger is such a warm, comforting spice.

Spouse loves her gingerbread and she heartily endorses this simple version.

Plenty of cookie ideas here. 

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Sultana Raisins are great in this recipe but you can use any kind you like.

If you liked this recipe you many want to check out this great collection of No Bake Cookies that was incredibly popular during our last Holiday season.

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Yield: 24 as cookie bars.

Ginger Raisin Cake Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A simple but simply delicious little ginger snack cake with plump rasisins and a sweet vanilla glaze.


For the cake

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp fresh, finely grated ginger root
  • 2/3 cup raisins

For the vanilla glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk


To prepare the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9x9 baking pan, or preferably, lightly grease and line with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the butter, brown sugar and molasses.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup milk.
  5. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, grated nutmeg, powdered ginger and cinnamon.
  6. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
  7. When the flour is almost incorporated fold in the finely grated ginger root and raisins. Do not over mix the batter or your cake will be tough.
  8. Spread batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Watch it carefully, you don't want to over bake this cake.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting with vanilla frosting glaze.

For the vanilla glaze

  1. Beat all ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  2. Spread on the cooled cake and garnish with fresh grated nutmeg or chopped toasted nuts if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

24 as cookie bars.

Amount Per Serving Calories 173Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 22mgSodium 57mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 1gSugar 23gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Sunday 17th of December 2017

Looks delish. What kind of raisins did you use?

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 18th of December 2017

I mostly use sultanas or golden raisins.


Tuesday 29th of November 2011

This looks so delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at

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