3-Ginger Gingerbread Cake Recipe

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Categories: Brunch, Dairy, Dessert, Scandinavian, Spice, Thanksgiving

Submitted By: The Spice House.

3-Ginger Gingerbread Cake Notes

This lovely recipe is from "The Great Scandinavian Baking Book" by Beatrice Ojakangas.

  • 1 cup Guinness extra stout or other dark beer
  • 1 cup mild flavored molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • Cream Cheese Frosting :
  • 16 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • For top of cake :
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger
Serves / Yields

serves 10

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour three 8-inch pans. Bring beer and molasses to boil in a heavy medium-size non-reactive saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat and add baking soda. Let it stand about 1 hour until cool.

Whisk flour and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl until blended. Whisk eggs and both sugars in another bowl until blended. Whisk in oil, then stout mixture. Gradually whisk liquid mixture into dry mixture. Stir in fresh ginger.

Divide mixture evenly between the 3 cake pans and level tops. Bake until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pans for 14 minutes, then invert onto cooling racks and allow to cool completely. (Cakes can be made 1 day ahead of serving, wrapped securely. Or wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then put into plastic zip-top bags and cool until ready to use.)

For frosting:

Use electric mixer to beat cream cheese, butter, and orange peel in a large bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Chill 30 minutes before frosting cake. Decorate with candied ginger arranged in a circle at top edge of cake.

Quick Shopping List

China "Number One" Ginger, Whole Root Or Powder
Ground, in a glass shaker jar
In a 1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 1.75 oz.
Vietnamese "Saigon" Cassia Cinnamon, Cracked or Ground
Ground, in a glass shaker jar
1/2 cup in shaker jar, net 2 oz.
Cloves, Whole or Ground
Ground, in a glass jar
1/2 cup jar, net wt. 2 oz.
Nutmeg, Whole Or Ground
Whole, in a resealable bag
Green Cardamom, Whole Fancy Pods, Inner Seeds or Ground
Ground, in a resealable bag
1 oz.
Crystallized Ginger, Slices, Chunks or Nibs
Sliced Pieces, in a resealable bag
4 oz.

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Daniel F. Said:

I really wanted to like this cake because I have such a fondness for strong flavors such as Guinness Extra Stout, molasses, strong ginger and other spices. I liked the fluffy texture, and the level of sweetness seemed right. However, the combination of stout and molasses created a strong and bitter flavor that outshone the spices and left a rather unpleasant, almost burnt, aftertaste.

Make it Again? Daniel F. would not make this recipe again.