Winter holidays and spices that warm you up tend to be a wonderful combination.
In this year’s annual Holiday Cooking episode, discover a deeply spice-infused triple ginger cake that to my tastebuds reminds me of the best gingersnap cookie I can remember and then some.
Taking only 15 minutes to whip up the batter, the cake baking time gives you time to prepare an über simple drizzle full of bright citrus flavor. Enjoy shortly after baking or reserve for the next day or later in the day, and the cake continues to taste delicious.
Choose to drizzle individually on each slice or top the entire cake, letting the drizzles drop down the sides.
And don’t forget the Demerara sugar, and be sure to be generous (much more generous than what you see here – I was being far too stingy).
The addition of the sugar (added just before you place it into the oven) gives a wonderful crunchy texture to the top of the cake (and a bit of iridescent sparkle).
This year the holiday episode arrived early, so while my holiday decorations are not up around the house yet (the tree, garland, etc.), I did a bit of decorating in the kitchen. The ornaments were purchased from Catesby’s of Britain with a couple purchased from Sur la Table (tea kettle and market basket). The large sugar pinecones were found years ago.
I do hope you enjoy this year’s episode. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, joyful holiday season. Bonne journée.
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Links shared during the episode:
- Ginger & Almond Bars, recipe
- Let’s Go Find the Simply Luxurious Christmas Tree! 2019
- pre-cut parchment paper, 9″ cake rounds
- non-stick round cake pans (multiple sizes)
- springform pans (multiple sizes)
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Triple Ginger Cake with Orange Drizzle
- 2 3/4 cups 350 grams all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp fleur de sel
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup 170 grams, room temperature unsalted butter
- 1 cup 220 grams, light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 3 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 1-2 Tbsp crystalized ginger, roughly chopped
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup canola, vegetable or cocunut oil
- 1/4 cup demerara sugar for topping the cake (just before you begin baking it)
- 250 grams 3-4 cups, of powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp fresh orange juice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 Celsius.
- Prepare you cake pan. I used an 8 inch pan in the video. You can also you a springform pan or any other sizes of cake pans (this will change the baking time). Rub butter on the sides of the pan and a bit on the bottom. Place a circular piece of parchment paper on the bottom. Set aside.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl: flour, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger (spice), salt, baking powder and soda. Mix until combined. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, combine the wet ingredients. Beat the softened butter, brown sugar and molasses until the mixture is light, airy, a bit fluffy and far more pale than when the ingredients began being combined. (about 3-4 minutes). Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl from Time to time. Add the freshly grated ginger. Beat to combine.
- Add eggs to the wet mixture and mix until light and fluffy. It will almost looking like a light caramel frosting. This will take about 5 minutes. Add the chopped crystalized ginger.
- Add the buttermilk and vegetable/canola/coconut oil gradually, alternating with the dry ingredients. Add a 1/3 of the buttermilk mixture, then a 1/3 of the dry ingredients. Mix on a low speed. Then add the next third. Mix. Then add the next third. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
- Place the batter into the prepared cake pan. Sprinkle on the Demerara sugar. Be generous as this adds a lovely crunch to each bite of the cake.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes (for an 8" cake pan).
- When you check the cake after 35 minutes. Likely, the middle will see a bit uncooked. This is actually okay. The cake should be a near dark brown, but you do want the softness in the middle. Let the cake cool for 30 minutes at least as this will give the middle time to settle. The middle (as you see in the pic) will sink. That is okay as well as you want a bit of different texture from the outer crisp edge and top to the chewy, soft middle.
- While the cake is baking or just before you are going to serve it, make the drizzle. In a medium size bowl, add the powdered sugar and then pour in 3 Tbsp of orange juice. Mix with a fork or a whisk until the mixture falls slowly from the mixing tool. You can make this thinner if you'd like by adding more orange juice.
- You may pour all of the drizzle over the top of the cake and let it run down the sides or distribute drizzle individually over each slice when served. Enjoy with a hot cup of something delicious.
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