Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread Cake -- Tuesdays with Dorie

Just a quick post for TWD this week, I am feeling under the weather with a head cold. The recipe of the week is Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread, from Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking From My Home To Yours, picked for Tuesdays with Dorie by Heather of Sherry Trifle , thanks Heather :)


I've had my eye on this recipe for a while and couldn't wait to give it a try. Everything came together easily and I decided to use a 10 inch springform pan instead of the 9 by 9 because the amount of batter was more than I am used to using in a 9 by 9 and I didn't want any over flow. The 10 inch springform was perfect! I baked for 40 minutes exactly and the cake tested done.


The taste was wonderful, it was so moist and spicy and just a wonderful flavor combination. The texture was wonderful as well and it made me remember the Caramel Peanut Topped Brownie Cake we did for Tuesdays with Dorie last October, and what a dry disapointment that one was. I was thinking...if you adjust the spices on this chocolate gingerbread, I'm sure it would be a wonderful brownie cake base.


Changes I made to the recipe were minimal, vanilla instead of coffee in the frosting and semisweet instead of bittersweet chocolate in both the cake and frosting. In our family we prefer semisweet over bittersweet in most recipes. I can see making this again for the holidays, maybe decorating with some crushed peppermint candycanes. I would leave out the fresh ginger though, it seemed like when I got a piece in a bite of the gingerbread it was just too much and clashed with the comforting warm spice that is gingerbread -- it just kind of bit you back if you know what I mean and I just didn't care for it in this recipe, even though I really thought I would. Other than that, I loved this recipe and will more than likely be making it again :)

15 comments:

pinkstripes said...

Get well soon! Being sick sucks.

Your gingerbread looks wonderful and delicious.

vibi said...

Simple, yet perfect! Bravo, Andrea!

chocolatechic said...

Looks great!

Flourchild said...

I didn't add the coffee either. Im glad you liked it and I hope you feel better soon.
Your bread looks yummy!

leanne said...

Hope you feel better soon. I felt it was better without the cofee too. You gingerbread looks delicious

Danielle said...

Great job your cake came out perfect!

Lillian said...

It looks so nice on that cake stand!

Natashya said...

Get well soon, sweetie!
Cake looks awesome, so regal on it's stand.

jillbert said...

It looks beautiful! I agree about the fresh ginger.

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Your cake is absolutely beautiful! I love that apple cutting board!!!!

Megan said...

So sorry to hear that you are sick. Feel better soon, and have an extra piece of cake. That always seems to work for me!

farah said...

Your cake looks perfect. Hope you're feeling better soon :)

Teanna said...

Oooh, I like that you added vanilla in the frosting rather than the coffee! I was so back and forth with liking the coffee flavor! Yours looks great!

jahnuthin said...

Hello Andrea,

My name is Jonathan Braese with See's Candies. I'm reaching out to you because I'd like to discuss an opportunity I see for us to work together. If you feel like this is something you'd like to discuss a bit further, feel free to get in touch with me. I apologize for getting in touch with you via your comment section, I couldn't find your contact info, but I count it worthwhile to have reached out to you.

Please, feel free to delete this comment as well!

Thank you in advance for your time Andrea, I look forward to hearing from you.

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TeaLady said...

Gingerbread looks great. Yummy!!!

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