This is a nice spicy dark gingerbread cake that's kind of dense, but tender. It makes a full, tall cake in an 8" or 9" pan; if you want thinner cake, use a 9" X 13" pan and bake it for less time. I usually serve it right out of my Corningware baking pan, but if you wish to turn it out onto a serving plate, line the bottom of the pan with parchment. I like to use whole wheat flour, and since it is normally moist and dense, it seems exactly the same as all purpose flour. I also switched out butter for the shortening originally called for.