Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake — If you’re looking for an easy and impressive Christmas dessert, look no further than this air fryer gingerbread cake. The cake is moist and flavorful, with a crispy crust that satisfies your sweet tooth. Plus, it takes just minutes to prepare – perfect for last-minute guests!

Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake
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Everyone loves gingerbread, especially as the December holidays roll around. This is a traditional Gingerbread recipe. It is a dense bread and did well in the air fryer: today, my recipes for Air Fryer Homemade Gingerbread Cake.

Feel free to cut this into squares and serve with a healthy dollop of whipped cream and maybe a sprinkle of ground cinnamon; yummy!

I wanted to jump on my December holiday baking, and two teens always serve as my go-to taste testers. Plus, in all honesty, they are ALWAYS hungry.

So, today I bring to you my Classic Gingerbread Recipe, made in the air fryer!

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What Is An Air Fryer?

If you’re like most cooks, the words “air fryer” probably don’t evoke images of delicious food. But that’s exactly what an air fryer is: a device that cooks food by circulating hot air around it. The result is food that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, with little or no added fat. So if you’re looking for a healthier way to cook, an air fryer might be just what you need.

What is a Gingerbread?

Gingerbread is a traditional holiday treat that many people enjoy. But what is gingerbread? Is it just a cake or cookie? Gingerbread can be any sweet bread with ginger as one of its ingredients. You can make it in many different ways, but it is often a thick, spiced batter baked in a loaf pan. The result is a moist and spicy bread that can be enjoyed plain or with icing or frosting. Gingerbread is also famous for decorating, so get creative and enjoy this delicious recipe!

Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake

What Is Gingerbread Cake?

Gingerbread cake is a delicious, spiced cake perfect for the holidays. This cake is loaded with flavor and will surely please your taste buds. It is easy to make and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. So, what are you waiting for? Make some gingerbread cake today!

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake

Discover the delightful fusion of traditional holiday flavors and modern cooking convenience with this Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake recipe. Embrace gingerbread’s warm, spicy essence, transformed into a moist and tender cake that’s effortlessly prepared in your air fryer, perfect for cozy holiday gatherings or a festive treat any time of the year.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • All-purpose Flour: The foundation of your cake, all-purpose flour provides the essential structure, ensuring a tender yet sturdy crumb perfect for holding onto the rich spices and molasses.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt is crucial in balancing the sweetness, accentuating the flavors of the ginger and molasses, and enhancing the overall taste of the cake.
  • Baking Soda: This leavening agent is key to a light and airy texture, reacting with acidic components like molasses and buttermilk to give your gingerbread cake a nice rise.
  • Ground Ginger: The star spice of the recipe, ground ginger offers a warm, spicy kick, infusing the cake with that classic gingerbread flavor.
  • Molasses: Providing deep, caramelized sweetness and a moist texture, molasses is the heart of gingerbread’s distinct taste and rich, dark color.
  • Egg: The egg binds the ingredients together, contributing to the cake’s richness and helping to create a fine, smooth crumb.
  • Granulated Sugar: It adds sweetness and lightness to the cake, balancing the robust flavors of molasses and spices.
  • Buttermilk: Buttermilk lends a subtle tanginess and tenderizes the cake, interacting with baking soda for a perfect, soft texture. (If you don’t have buttermilk, you can easily make it by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk.)
  • Unsalted Butter: It provides moisture, richness, and flavor, ensuring that your gingerbread cake is deliciously tender and not too dry.

How To Make Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake

Making a Gingerbread Cake in an air fryer is a simple and delightful way to enjoy this classic holiday treat. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

How To Make Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake

Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and ginger in a large bowl. Then, mix the egg, molasses, sugar, buttermilk, and butter. Mix well, remembering to scrape the bowl’s sides to get the batter folded in.

How To Make Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake

Spray your baking pan with olive oil spray. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

How To Make Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake

Set your pan into the air fryer. Set the temperature to 320 degrees F (air fryer setting) for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, check and see if it’s fully cooked. If not, add another 10 minutes. The exact time will be determined by the air fryer you own and the pan you use. I recommend using a thinner pan, so it cooks all the way through.

Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake

Using Buttermilk in Gingerbread Cake

Just like any classical gingerbread cake, this recipe calls for buttermilk. The buttermilk creates a light and fluffy cake. If you do not have any on hand, do not fret; you can easily make yourself a batch.

Here is how to make a batch for this cake, which calls for one cup of buttermilk.

Add 1 cup of milk and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Mix well, and then let sit for about 5 minutes. This will allow the buttermilk to interact with the vinegar to help it turn into buttermilk.

How To Make Air Fryer Gingerbread Cupcakes

You can use this batter to make a batch of homemade air fryer gingerbread cupcakes. Line your muffin pan with cupcake liners and fill it about 3/4 full. Put the muffins into the air fryer basket, cook at 320 degrees F, use the air fryer setting, and cook for 10 to 12 minutes until the cupcakes are fully cooked.

How To Store

If you have leftover gingerbread cake, let it cool to room temperature and place it in an airtight container. It will last between 2 to three days. For best results, do not refrigerator. Otherwise, you will find that it starts to dry out.

What Frosting To Put On Top

Is there anything as delicious as a piece of gingerbread cake with frosting? It’s the perfect treat to enjoy during the holiday season! But what kind of frosting should you put on your gingerbread cake?

Some of my favorites are:

What Pan To Use For Baking In The Air Fryer

Who knew you could use the air fryer for baking? Believe it or not, a pan is made specifically for this task. Keep reading to learn what that pan is and how to use it!

The best pan to make cakes in the air fryer is a thinner pan; this way, the cake is fully cooked. There is nothing worse than a cake that is raw in the middle. Some of my favorite cake pans that I use for the air fryer are:

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Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake

Air Fryer Gingerbread Cake

4.73 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


This is a really simple homemade gingerbread cake recipe, cooked to perfection in teh air fryer!


  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and unsalted


  • Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and ground ginger in a large mixing bowl.
  • Then mix in the egg, molasses, sugar, buttermilk, and butter.
  • Mix well, remembering to scrape the sides of the bowl, to get all of the batter folded in.
  • Spray your baking pan with olive oil spray.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Set your pan into the air fryer. And set the temperature to 320 degrees F, (air fryer setting) for 20 minutes.
    After 20 minutes check and see if it's fully cooked, if not, add another 10 minutes. The exact time is going to be determined by the air fryer you own, and the pan you use. I recommend using a thinner pan, so it cooks all the way through
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


  • Air Fryer
  • Baking Pan
  • Cooking Spray


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 518mgPotassium: 708mgFiber: 1gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 214IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 4mg

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