Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

5 Dec

I was in the mood for some really good cake. And when you’re in such a mood it is a terrible thing to be denied. So I made a warm and comforting treat which is synonymous with the holidays. (It is December anyway–why not enjoy all the holiday flavors while we can?) This gingerbread cake is tender and spicy and the cinnamon whipped cream is a light balance with a surprising spiciness that complements the cake–they’re a great pair!

Gingerbread Cake

Adapted from cafe cherie

Printable Recipe

2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cups sugar

1 egg

1 cup molasses

1 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Cream together butter, sugar, and egg. If you are baking on a whim (like me) you can soften your butter quickly by popping it in the microwave on defrost for about 15 seconds. While the mixer is working–combine the molasses and hot water. This will make it easier to get all the molasses into the cake. With the mixer running on low, alternate adding the flour mixture and the molasses. Mix until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cake cool while you a) finish your post about it or b) make the whipped cream. Your choice.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

1 cup cold heavy whipping cream

4 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a chilled bowl, whip all ingredients until the cream stands up in peaks. Top slightly warm cake with whipping cream.

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4 Responses to “Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Whipped Cream”

  1. Spike Raven December 18, 2011 at 7:53 AM #

    From the looks of it this is the gingerbread recipe I have been looking for! I love having gingerbread for Christmas Eve dinner and added this to my menu. I also will be taking a pan to our annual teacher’s luncheon on Wednesday. I will let know how it went over. THANK YOU

    • bakingalltherules December 18, 2011 at 11:03 PM #

      I can’t wait to hear how it goes, Spike! It’s so warm and Christmasy–it will be perfect for your dinner! Enjoy!

      • Spike Raven December 22, 2011 at 1:58 PM #

        The cake is AMAZING! Just the right amount of spice. And the whipped cream is so-o-o good. I made one for the school teacher’s Christmas luncheon and there was some left over for me! It warms up nicely in the microwave. It truely says Christmas. Thank you. I look forward to more.

      • bakingalltherules December 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM #

        Yes! I’m so glad it worked out for you! I hope you add it to your collection! Thanks for trying it 🙂

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