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Yule Gingerbread Loaf Cake

With the darkest night upon up, we can find ourselves. To slow down, take a breath. To cleanse, release. So we are truly stepping into our most accurate, most empowered selves when the light comes back around.

Enter, ginger.

Ginger, for me, is the epitome of the winter solstice. Its properties allow us to release areas such as anger and resentment. To understand our passion and power. To provide us with the courage to empower ourselves to step into our truest selves.

Add in some other spices and their delicious and magickal properties, and you have not only a way to celebrate Yule and the winter solstice. But to kitchen witch your way into healing and stepping into your sovereignty.

Ingredients and Their Magickal Properties

The intention is important whenever performing spellwork; for me, this includes knowing and activating your ingredients to work in complement to your desired outcome. To achieve that, it’s essential to understand the magickal powers of each particular component. Therefore you can focus (hence activate) those properties while cooking to infuse them into your recipe.

Below is a list of each added ingredient and its special power for this recipe. Please note that this is not every magickal benefit of this plant or herb, just the areas I believe should be focused on for this specific recipe.


Ginger is a highly underrated spice when it comes to plant spirit. Not only is its spirit warming and helpful, but its usefulness for plant medicine and plant magick is also wide-ranged.

For the purpose of this recipe, ginger's plant spirit helps ground and balance us all while providing us with the courage and power we need to take the necessary steps to take action that aligns with our sovereignty.

Magickal Uses: Power, Healing, Grounding, Balance, Stability, Courage


Nutmeg is a spice that gets used quite a bit in our household during the cold months, not only for its warming and digestion medicinal benefits but because it has magickal benefits of promoting rest and sleep. Two significant areas for us during the winter solstice.

Magickal Uses: Protection, Prosperity, Clarify, Banishing, Love


Cinnamon has its own magickal powers, but I’ve found it beneficial to add to almost any recipe (granted it fits) just because of its strong association with the sun and fire element. This makes it excellent for protecting the success of your spellwork.

For the purpose of this recipe, we are focusing on its ability to connect us with spirit to guide us to what provides us the strength to act on our passions.

Magickal Uses: Spirituality, Strength, Passion, Success


Nutmeg is another spice that gets used quite a bit in our household during the cold months, not only for its warming and digestion medicinal benefits but because it has magickal benefits of promoting rest and sleep.

Through these properties, it promotes healing and fidelity. Not necessarily loyalty to others but loyalty to our most genius expression (for the purpose of this recipe). The nutmeg will help our loyalty to ourselves outshine our shadows and fear to release that no longer serving us and allow us to heal fully.

Magickal Uses: Health, Fidelity


Vanilla is mostly known for its properties of seduction and love. Luckily, its not specific to external factors and can be utilized for ourselves.

When performing this recipe, instead of focusing on love externally, focus on self-love. Focus on the peace you provide yourself when you let your highest good be the seductress. Your passions are the seductress.

Magickal Uses: Love, Peace, Mental Powers, Seduction


Ingredients for the Loaf

  • 2 1/2 c. flour

  • 2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 2 tsp. ginger ground

  • 2 tsp. cinnamon ground

  • 1/4 tsp. cloves, ground

  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, ground

  • 4oz (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • 1 c. dark brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 3/4 c. boiling water

  • 3/4 c. molasses

  • 1 tbsp. vanilla

Ingredients for the Glace

  • 1 c. powdered sugar

  • 2 tbsp. half and half (or milk if you prefer)

  • 1/2 tsp. ginger ground

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon ground

  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup


*Remember to focus on the intention of the ingredient while working with it. (I.E., when adding the ginger, focus on the intention of the ideas of courage and balance. Not just the idea, but how do they make you feel? How do having these things in your life manifest?

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Prepare a loaf pan with butter and flour

  • Mix together dry ingredients. Set aside.

  • Cream together butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until light

  • Add in eggs, one at a time, and mix well

  • Add in boiling water and molasses. Wet ingredients will seem thin, do not worry, as they will thicken with the dry ingredients.

  • Sift in dry ingredients and mix well.

  • Bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour until the cake is firm to touch and, sticking in a toothpick or knife, comes out clean.

  • Allow cooling for at least 5-10 minutes before turning it onto a rack or place to cool to room temperature before glazing.

  • To create a glaze, add ingredients together and whisk until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add more liquid. If too runny, add more powdered sugar.

  • Once the cake is cooled, drizzle glaze over the top.

  • Allow glaze to harden (about 15 minutes) before serving.


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