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Eggless Gingerbread Cake

Eggless Gingerbread Cake

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Popularly known as 'Pain d'Epices' in France, 'Gingerbread' is a Christmas perennial. Add a bit of spices to your festive table with a sweet twist.


Pain d'epices



Here's the recipe in English and in French.

What will you need:

  • 80 gms butter
  • 1 tablespoon perfumed honey
  • 2 tablespoon orange jam or marmalade
  • Spices- 1-2 teaspoon green anis/ fennel, 1 teaspoon each (powder of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, cardamom etc.)
  • a pinch of tablesalt
  • 250ml/ a Mug of milk (8.5 fl oz.)
  • 250 gms flour (whole wheat or rye)
  • 1 teaspoon soda bicarbonate/ baking powder or 1 sachet of yeast
  • 100 gms powdered sugar

Directions to follow:

  • Boil the milk in a thick bottomed pan.
  • Add the honey, orange jam, anis, all other spices, salt and butter. Let the mixture infuse. Allow it to cool.
  • In a salad bowl, mix the flour, sugar and soda bicarbonate.
  • Add the milk and spices mixture to the salad bowl. Whisk slowly and uniformly until you obtain a thick batter.
  • Grease the cake mold with butter. Add the batter.
  • Bake at thermostat 5 or 160° for 45 minutes.


  • Suitable for vegetarians (not for vegans) as it does not contain eggs.There is no need to despair if all the spices are not available. I have tried to make the cake using only cinnamon powder and tea masala as the available spices. It turned out well !
  • As for the flour, one can experiment with different types including the flour used for other cakes.
  • Cut into small pieces, it can be conserved for a few days in a hermetically sealed container.
  • Use of Gingerbread in Europe dates back to many centuries when it started as a confection with ginger, honey and spices.
  • 'Gingerbread houses', the one found in children's tale of 'Hansel and Gretel', are quite popular in Germany and Switzerland around Christmas time. These 'houses' are baked by confectioners and decorated by various icings and candies. German 'Lebkuchen' resembles a soft gingerbread. 'Lebkuchenhaeusel' are the gingerbread houses made in countries and areas with Germanic influence.

For parisians, all the ingredients (spices etc.) are available at most of the epiceries or in Indian Quarter. Look up the article for addresses of some grocery stores.


Recipe in French- Gâteau Pain d'Epices

(sans oeufs)


Gateau Pain d'epices


  • 80 g de beurre
  • 1 cuillère à soupe de miel bien parfumé
  • 2 cuillère à soupe de confiture à l'orange
  • 1-2 cuillère à café d'anis vert
  • une cuillère à café de chaque (cannelle, muscade, gingembre, girofle, cardamone etc.)
  • une pincée de sel
  • 250ml/ une tasse à thé de lait
  • 250 g de farine (froment ou seigle)
  • 1 cuillère à café de bicarbonate de soude ou un sachet de levure
  • 100 g de sucre


  • Versez le lait dans une casserole et le faire bouillir.
  • Mélanger miel, confiture, anis, épices, beurre, une pincée de sel et laissez infuser dans le lait.
  • Dans un saladier, mélanger la farine tamisée, la levure et le sucre.
  • Versez l'infusion, quand il est froid ou tiède, dans le saladier et battre la pâte jusqu'à obtention d'une pâte épaisse et lisse.
  • Beurrez le moule. Faire cuire sur thermostat 5 ou 160° pendant environ 45 minutes dans un moule à cake et 20-30 minutes dans les emporte-pièces (ne pas publier de les beurrer).

Recipe Credit:

I learned the recipe from Mélusine, a friend at a meditation retreat where food is strictly vegetarian.