Saturday, December 6, 2014

Gingerbread Cake


Freshly grated, ground and crystallized ginger amp up the flavor in this holiday dessert where gingerbread meets pound cake.

Gingerbread Pound Cake


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Gingerbread is one of those things that just scream Christmas, isn't it? Gingerbread houses, gingerbread boys and girls and I have even seen gingerbread stars and
ninjas floating around the world wide web. They are all so adorable but it can be a time consuming task to make, roll, cut, bake and decorate some of these little cuties. Appointments, schedules, jobs...life in general keeps us all moving at a quick pace. Time is a hot commodity, especially during this time of year, it flies by at warp speed. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? This ginger cake brings you all the flavors you love in gingerbread without spending tons of time rolling, cutting and decorating. So as a time saving alternative try this cake that packs a one, two, three punch of ginger and is covered with a maple glaze.

This cake is a compilation of several poundcake recipes from old church cookbooks. Aren't old church cookbooks the best? So many classic and time tested recipes. I get so excited when I find one at a thrift store or yard sale. 

With some tweaks and additions we have a beautiful gingerbread poundcake.  The texture is that of a pound cake, a little more dense and sturdy than a regular cake. Perfect for serving with a huge dollop of whipped cream, caramel sauce or a lemon curd. The glaze and crystallized ginger are optional and this cake is beautiful with just a dusting of powdered sugar. 

I will be posting a lemon sauce later this week that will be perfect with this, at the request of a friend. So stay tuned for that :) If you plan on using a sauce to top the slices, you can skip the glazing of the cake. You can always sprinkle the crystallized ginger on top of the sauce or whipped cream if you don't use the glaze. If you prefer to not have the supercharged ginger taste, just leave either the ground ginger or the freshly grated out.

You can find the lemon sauce recipe here.

What treats put you in the Christmas spirit? Are they sweet or savory?

      Triple Ginger Gingerbread Cake

1 Cup Butter - Softened
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Molasses
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk
5 Eggs – Room Temperature
2 Teaspoons Fresh Grated Ginger
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Crystallized Ginger – For sprinkling on finished and glazed cake

Glaze:
3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Evaporated Milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bundt cake pan.

Combine flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and baking soda. Stir to combine.

Mix molasses and evaporated milk together. Measure and add milk first, then whisk in molasses. (I did this in a four cup measuring cup and not a bowl.)

In a stand mixer with paddle attachment or with hand mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Add sugar gradually and continue to mix for 2 to 3 minutes after all sugar has been added. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add fresh grated ginger and mix just to distribute through. Alternately add flour mixture and molasses/milk mixture, using a third of the flour mix and then adding half of the molasses/milk mixture each time. Begin and end with the flour mixture.

Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 42 to 44 minutes. Using toothpick, test for doneness. When toothpick comes out clean or with few moist crumbs, cake is done.

Cool on cookie rack for 15 to minutes before turning out of pan. Allow to cool completely before glazing.

To make glaze:

Mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Pour around top of cake, making a small “pool” where you would like glaze to run down sides.

Sprinkle with crystallized ginger while glaze is still wet.










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35 comments:

  1. Well, this sounds TOTALLY amazing! Visiting you from Marvelous Mondays Link Party!
    Andrea@TablerPartyOfTwo

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    1. Thank you Andrea and thanks for visiting :)

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  2. This is a beautiful cake. I love ginger anything! Pinning!

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    1. Thank you Kelly! I am a huge fan of ginger too, thank you for pinning!

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  3. Yes! I love gingerbread. This cake is just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. Pinning this!

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    1. Hi Heather, thank you for visiting and pinning! So glad you stopped by :)

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  4. Gingerbread is one of the best holiday flavors! This cake looks delicious, and is beautiful too. Stopping by from Come Along Ponds link up.

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    1. I agree Jenna, definitely one of my favorites. Thank you for stopping by :)

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  5. Ginger is an immune booster, so it is actually a good thing if I had a big slice of this delicious looking cake! :)

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    1. I'm with you, why wouldn't we want something so good for us :) Thank you for stopping by!

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  6. Mmmm...your gingerbread cake looks delicious and so pretty Christy! Anyone would be proud to take this cake to a holiday party. :) Thanks for sharing it at Great Idea Thursday's!

    Hope you're enjoying your week.
    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

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    1. Aw Heather, thank you. I appreciate that so much. Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. I havnt had gingerbread cake for SO long, but it is one of those that I absolutely love....I just never think to eat it! But yes, gingerbread has been on my radar the last couple of weeks. Think its time to have a gingerbread cake :-)

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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    1. Gingerbread is a must for Christmas :) Thanks for visiting and for hosting Marvelous Monday at Smart Party Planning.

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  8. I love gingerbread and have been thinking of making some - now that I see your cake it is definitely going to have to happen. Thank you for sharing. Cathy

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    1. Hi Cathy, I hope you do get a chance to make some gingerbread. You will get your fix if you make this cake :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Great Holiday treat and your cake looks Yumculicious!!!! Thanks for Linking up on Friday Features this week.
    *Happy Holidays*
    Karren

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    1. Thank you Karren for visiting and for hosting Friday Features!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and pinning Emily!

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  11. G'day Thx for stopping by and sharing this at our #SayGdayParty Pinned
    Please make sure to return if you haven't already say G'day to the hosts and someone at the party! Cheers!
    Joanne @ What's On The List

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    1. Always happy to share at Say G'Day, thanks or stopping by Joanne!

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  12. I'm totally in love with this! Yummy! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party, and I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thank you, it is yummy! Wouldn't miss your party, thanks for pinning and tweeting :)

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  13. This looks fabulous! What a gorgeous cake! Pinning and yumming and spreading some foodie love around for you! So happy to have you at Foodie Fridays!

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    1. Thank you for spreading the love, it is a wonderful cake for Christmas! Thank you for hosting. I always find so many wonderful things I want to try at Foodie Fridays, it is an awesome party :)

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  14. Hello!! Just wanted to let you know I will be using this in a round up (posting soon) from the Teach Me Tuesday party! Very much appreciate you linking up with us ;)

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    1. Thank you Bobbie for hosting! Glad you want to use this in your round up :)

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  15. Oh, Pinned and Tweeted this beautiful holiday treat! Thank you for sharing again with us at the Thank Goodness It's Thursday party, Christy.

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    1. Thank you Sarah for pinning and tweeting! Always happy to share at Thank Goodness It's Thursday, such a great party!

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  16. Looks great Christy!
    Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST The Midnight Baker! I hope to see you there!
    Judy

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    1. Thank you Judith, gingerbread is one of my favorites at Christmas :) Thank you for hosting The Weekend Social at The Midnight Baker!

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  17. Oh my gosh, this looks SO GOOD. Thanks for posting. Hello from Treasure Box Tuesday.

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    1. Thank you Melissa, so glad you stopped by from Treasure Box Tuesday :)

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  18. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I love all things gingerbread and molasses, so I am pinning this to try this week. Nice to meet you on Say G'day Saturday!

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