Real Gingerbread


Nope, not cookies, but real gingerbread, that is a cake and doesn’t resemble a cookie whatsoever. This is a very spicy, dark cake that I wouldn’t recommend if you don’t like molasses. But for a molasses lover, this is an amazing cake.

Ingredients Needed:

1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of butter
1 egg
1 cup of molasses
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 cup of hot water

Kick the tires and light the fires to 350 degrees.

Now, on to the different types of molasses. I used cooking molasses, and it does give a darn robust, dark flavor to the cake. I would not use blackstrap, but for those just venturing into the land of gingerbread, Fancy molasses might be the flavor for you to try.

From the Crosby’s Molasses site:

Crosby Molasses produces Fancy molasses also known as Gold star ), Lite Molasses, Cooking Molasses (also known as Family Brand) and Blackstrap molasses.

Fancy molasses is the syrup obtained when sugar cane is crushed and the resulting liquid is clarified and evaporated. Blackstrap molasses is a by product resulting from the manufacture of refined white sugar. When no more sugar can be economically removed from the crushed sugar cane the resulting liquid is Blackstrap Molasses. Molasses is commonly used as a health food providing important vitamins and minerals. (See the nutritional information.) Cooking molasses is a blend of Fancy and Blackstrap molasses.

The use of Fancy molasses in baking results in a lighter coloured, sweeter product.

Blackstrap molasses is darker and has a slight bitter, robust flavour. You can not directly substitute cooking or blackstrap molasses for fancy molasses. The use of cooking molasses results in a darker, less sweet baked product. However, many of our customers prefer its more robust flavour and colour. (Great for ginger snaps and sauces!) Cooking molasses may be used when baking bread, however the bread may not raise as high as with fancy molasses.

 

On to the cake!

Cream your butter and sugar together. Then add in your egg and the molasses, whichever you chose to use.

Whisk your dry ingredients together well in a separate bowl.

Slowly blend them into the wet mixture, until just combined. The lowest setting on my mixer does such a great job.

When done, take the cup of hot water and add into the mix, combining until it looks like cake batter now, more liquidy.

Pour into a well greased and floured 9×9 pan, and tap it to get the bubbles out.

Bake at 350 degrees until a knife inserted comes out clean, about 50 minutes believe it or not, it takes a long time to bake! But keep an eye on it because everyone’s ovens are different.

I used my Butter Cream Icing on it which was a perfect sweet foil to the dark molasses flavor.

Slice and enjoy.

Real Gingerbread
Real gingerbread in cake form, spicy and dark.
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Recipe type: cake,baking,dessert
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of molasses
  • 2½ cups of flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup of hot water
Instructions
  1. Kick the tires and light the fires to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream your butter and sugar together. Then add in your egg and the molasses, whichever you chose to use.
  3. Whisk your dry ingredients together well in a separate bowl.
  4. Slowly blend them into the wet mixture, until just combined. The lowest setting on my mixer does such a great job.
  5. When done, take the cup of hot water and add into the mix, combining until it looks like cake batter now, more liquidy.
  6. Pour into a well greased and floured 9×9 pan, and tap it to get the bubbles out.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees until a knife inserted comes out clean, about 50 minutes believe it or not, it takes a long time to bake! But keep an eye on it because everyone’s ovens are different.
  8. I used my Butter Cream Icing on it which was a perfect sweet foil to the dark molasses flavor.
  9. Slice and enjoy.

 


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