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gingerbread cake

In dessert on October 23, 2014 at 2:41 am

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i made this gingerbread cake from smitten kitchen, and she’s right – it’s delicious and super easy. in fact, i made it in one pot! doesn’t get much better than that. plus, it’s spicy and dark and moist.

my only complaint is that mine was pretty dense – more dense than her picture looks – and sort of sad and flat. maybe my baking soda and baking powder are old? (i mean, they are old, but are they old enough to have lost leavening properties? i didn’t think so…) in any case, i would have liked a little more lift.

also, the last step – sift dry ingredients over wet, then stir the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined – didn’t really work. despite sifting, there were lumps of flour that didn’t mix in, so i had to overmix a little (maybe that contributed to the flatness?) and even still the final product was a little marbled… not in a good way. it didn’t affect the flavor, but the color wasn’t perfect.

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there’s no way to serve gingerbread cake other than dusted with powdered sugar and smothered in sweetened bourbon whipped cream. i also grated some fresh nutmeg on top, creating a whole eggnog effect, which is making me quite excited for eggnog season!

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