When looking for the perfect cake recipe for a holiday brunch, I found this Gingerbread Cake and thought it would be great and it certainly was. This was a great recipe. It was mildly spicy and the frosting was creamy and delicious with just a hint of ginger and spice.
Some things I found when making this recipe though, was that I probably shouldn't have covered the cake in fondant. The frosting was too smooth and sort of squished out the bottom of the cake. Also, I served this cake two days after I made it and while my guests thought it was great, I thought it was a bit on the dry side...but that was my fault.
Overall I thought this was a great recipe and one that I will definitely make again!
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons Ginger, Ground
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon, Ground
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup molasses
1 cup boiling water
Creamy Gingerbread Frosting (recipe follows)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. Mix flour, baking powder, ginger, baking soda and cinnamon in medium bowl; set aside.
2. Beat butter, brown sugar and molasses in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well mixed. Add eggs; beat well. Add flour mixture alternately with boiling water, beating on low speed after each addition until smooth. Pour into prepared pans.
3. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.
4. Fill and frost with Creamy Gingerbread Frosting. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve.
Creamy Gingerbread Frosting: Pour 1 cup milk into medium bowl. Add 1 package (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix, 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Ginger and 1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cinnamon . Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes. Gently stir in 1 tub (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed.