Cakes & Cookies

Gingerbread Man Cake

There was once a Gingerbread man,

Who had not a friend on hand,

And the whole wide world roam did he,

To look for a very good friend you see,

And then he chanced upon what’s known,

As the World Wide Web where it is shown,

Dozens of Gingerbread men like him,

To hold hands with and with whom to sing,

“Wishing you a merry gingerbread making,

Cakes or cookies, you do the baking,

Make some more and spread word around,

Gingerbread man is here to be found!”

Wish I could say something like, “These are the opening lines of the poem Gingerbread Man by the great poet foodiliciousnan that she ‘keyboarded’ (like ‘penned’on paper, ‘keyboarded’ on the computer screen, get it?) in the early 21st century. Blah, blah, blah…” But since there is nothing such to be written about the poem, let us simply get to the recipe on hand today.

There’s no gingerbread man in my cake, except in spirit. If I had a gingerbread man cookie cutter, I’d definitely make a flatter version of this cake and cut it up into cute little gingerbread men. But why take the effort? You might as well bake it in whatever shape you want and name it however you like – just call it chef’s license (like poetic license, get the connect?). And that’s exactly what I have done.

I’ve wanted to make spicy ginger cookies for a really long time now. I’ve lined up ingredients for the same a dozen times on the kitchen counter, but ditched ginger and the spices to add some other flavour, mostly (and most-expectedly) chocolate! And, like the karmic scheme of things that they talk about, where there seems be a predestined time for things to happen, so it was for baking with ginger yesterday!

There I was blog hopping for interesting ways to dress up a basic vanilla sponge cake that I was planning to bake and I landed right up, yet again, at the Joy of Baking site and found this interesting Gingerbread cake. I followed the instructions to the T (except for halving proportions and substituting egg with flaxseed powder and milk mixture), being a rather late newcomer to baking cakes, and ended up with a cake that was truly spongy and full of flavour! Read on:

Gingerbread Cake

Ingredients:

Refined flour (maida)/APF – 1 cup

Baking soda – ½ tsp

Salt – a pinch

Cinnamon – 1 tsp

Fresh ground ginger – 1 tsp (the original calls for ½ tsp ginger powder)

Ground cloves – 1 pinch

Unsalted butter – ¼ cup

Demerara sugar – ¼ tsp (original calls for light brown sugar)

Jaggery/molasses – ¼ cup

Milk – ½ cup

Orange zest – 1 ½ tbsp (recipe calls for zest of 1 lemon, but I did not have one on hand)

Flaxseed powder – 1tbsp mixed with 2 tbsp of hot water

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 deg C

Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger (add later if using fresh ground ginger) and clove powders

In another bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy (for about 3 mins)

Add flaxseed-water mixture and beat well

Add lemon zest and jaggery and mix well (add fresh ground ginger at this stage if using)

Add dry ingredients and milk alternatively, a little at a time

Bake in a preheated oven for 35 – 40 mins and you’ll be rewarded with a spongy cake that has a lovely rustic crisp top

And while you’re waiting, knife in hand for the cake to cool, say a little prayer of thanks to the trusted Gingerbread man’s spirit that stood by your cake as it rose in the oven!

Off this goes to

* The 13th edition of Blogging Marathon hosted by Srivalli of Spice your Life

* And to Kids  Delight  being hosted by Priya this month

* Cakes Cookies and Desserts being hosted by Anjali of Spice n Sugar Tales

* Priya’s Healthy Diet – Baked Goodies event being hosted by Raji of Vegetarian Tastebuds

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19 thoughts on “Gingerbread Man Cake

  1. Looks like you’ve put a lot of love in it
    Looks like it would go great with my cappuccino right now….
    Looks like you’ll manage with the bread!

    To me baking bread is easier than baking cake or cookies. I actually don’t even feel like baking anymore, seems like I’m not made for it.

  2. Pingback: Decorated Gingerbread men Cookies with eggless Royal Icing | foodiliciousnan

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