we were trying to think of the perfect winter cake for sunday's baking session and all that came to mind was gingerbread. i love gingerbread cookies but have never made and possibly never tasted, at least that i can remember, actual ginger bread or gingerbread cake. a quick search on pinterest and we were searching the pantry for ingredients and making a short list for the market.
this gingerbread cake is delicious. it smells like christmas and is full of wonderful dark and spicy flavors. not too sweet, but definitely sweet enough to call dessert. serve warm with a little orange butter and you'll be in winter heaven.
you will need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
2 large eggs, at room temperature
preheat oven to 350 degrees. using butter, grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. tap out excess flour. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and salt. whisk to break up lumps and set bowl aside. in a separate small bowl, stir together buttermilk and vanilla and set aside.
next, combine butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. beat on medium speed until fluffy and light in color, about 3-4 minutes. beat in molasses until combined and then one at a time, add in the eggs, beating in until well incorporated. once everything is mixed in, scrape down bowl and paddle. add one third of the flour mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated. add half of the buttermilk mixture and beat until the batter looks smooth, add in another third of the flour mixture. add remaining buttermilk and then the remaining flour mixture. the batter should be nice and smooth.
pour batter into prepared pan and place on the center rack of your oven. bake for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. the cake should pull away from pan once finished. cool and turn out onto a rack. finish with a dusting of powdered sugar.
recipe adapted from here.
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