Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening. Add the egg and molasses and beat until smooth. Sift together the flour, salt, and spices and add to the molasses mixture. Mix well. Then add the boiling water and beat until smooth. Pour into the baking pan.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm or completely cooled. Whipped cream makes a lovely accompaniment.
Incredibly moist and flavorful, this is truly a heavenly dessert – not a speck of ginger in the recipe, yet the finished product radiates ginger! Highly recommended.