Gingerbread drums up memories of Christmas for many, but in this home, I bake Gingerbread Cake when November brings its crisp fall evenings and crackling fires in the fireplace. The smell of gingerbread spices wafts through the air from the oven, preparing hearts for the holiday season. Serve warm with caramel sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.
Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice
It’s that time of year again when autumn brings chilly evenings, crunchy-colored leaves beneath our feet, and warming spices in the kitchen. Undoubtedly I am in the mood for fall all year round, at least when it comes to food. At the first sign of autumn, I prepare a batch of Lebkuchengewürz (Gingerbread) Spice blend for all my seasonal gingerbread baking. Gingerbread cookies, Pfeffernüsse Cookies, and of course this Gingerbread cake. Drizzled with warmed caramel sauce and a dollop of fresh whipped cream dusted with Gingerbread Spice, and it is officially fall in our home.
Recipe for Gingerbread Cake
- 1/2 cup Sucanant, coconut sugar, or Panela Unrefined cane sugar
- 1 stick, ( 1/2 cup grass-fed butter, like Kerrygold)
- 1 large free-range, organic egg
- 1 cup organic unsulphured molasses
- 2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour ( I use Einkorn)
- 1 & 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 3 tsp. Gingerbread Spice Blend or Pumpkin Pie Spice (or simplified: 1 & 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. ground ginger, and 1/2 tsp. cloves)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup very hot water
- Preheat oven to 350° F and prepare a 8x8 pan with butter.
- In a Kitchen aide mixer or large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until smooth and light in color.
- Add the egg and molasses and mix until incorporated.
- In a separate bowl add the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and then add to the wet mixture.
- Slowly and carefully add in the hot water and mix until smooth.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
- Serve with a drizzle of warmed caramel sauce and a dollop of whipped cream sprinkled with Gingerbread or Pumpkin Pie Spice.
There’s No Place Like Home
If you want to make your house a home, incorporate the sense of smell. Gingerbread smells delicious as it bakes and creates a cozy atmosphere. This is the perfect dessert to serve when company comes, as the smell is inviting and welcoming. Served warm, drizzled in caramel sauce, and dolloped with whipped cream, it will look like you slaved all day in the kitchen. Ultimately, this is one of those seasonal desserts that your family and friends will look forward to year after year. EnJOY!