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Best Gingerbread Birthday Cake
My Art and Baking Club students, ages 10-13, baked my Gingerbread Birthday Cake for me yesterday. Isn't that wonderful! Why haven't I thought of this before? To get children to delightedly bake the cake for my birthday. We all sampled plenty of it over tea in cupcake form. This really is the best gingerbread recipe ever. Not bragging, no honestly I am bragging, there's only 1/4 cup cane sugar in the whole cake. I love the photo because there was this stillness and beautiful light in the kitchen after they'd left and I'd finished cleaning up. Their touch and laughter on everything mingling with the light and quiet.
baking Club showing off a sweet potato pie they'd made
Gingerbread Cake Recipe We ate the cake this morning for my birthday breakfast. So good, moist, spicy, dark, rich everything gingerbread should be but without all the sugar. Dry Ingredients 1 1/4 cup rye flour 1 1/4 cup potato starch 2 teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon sea salt 2 teaspoons dried ginger Whole spice mix (grind in spice grinder and sift) 1 teaspoon whole coriander seed 4 whole green cardamom pods ½ teaspoon allspice berries 3 whole cloves ½ teaspoon white peppercorns 1 teaspoon fennel seed ⅛ teaspoon stevia Wet Ingredients ½ cup room temperature butter (1 stick) ¼ cup whole cane sugar 1 cup unsulphured organic blackstrap molasses 2 flax eggs (6 tablespoons water plus 2 tablespoons flaxmeal) 1 cup boiling water 1 tablespoon fresh ginger paste (about a 2-inch nub peeled) 1 teaspoon orange extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon extract or powder 4 cubes minced crystallized ginger
Method Preheat oven to 350F and line with parchment and butter a 10-inch round springform cake pan Grind the whole spices in a spice/coffee grinder and then sieve out fines Measure out the rest of the dry ingredients Add the freshly ground spice mix combine thoroughly Peel and make a paste of the fresh ginger in a food processor or spice grinder With an electric mixer,combine the butter and brown sugar Beat until light and fluffy Add the molasses, and continue to beat until well combined. Add flax eggs beating well Add fresh and crystallized gingers plus orange extract Alternating, add the hot water and flour to the wet mixture, mixingafter each addition. Pour the batter into the prepared pan Bake on a middle rack for 30 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Set the cake on a rack to cool completely in the pan before slicing. With Love Enjoy!