Daily Archives: December 5, 2012

Not My Cake

I love gingerbread. I was looking forward to making this week’s Baby Gingerbread cakes. It promised to be a good one with lots of ginger, a little cocoa, some coffee, and lots of molasses.

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Wow. The amount of molasses was staggering. 2 cups. Oh, well, I like molasses and I was using the mild stuff, so I thought it would be ok.

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But, I was wrong. Firstly, there was so much molasses that the batter never really smoothed out.

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I baked the large version, the one in a ten inch pan because I was taking it to a meeting, and I don’t much like fussing with individual sized portions most of the time. I even sprinkled a little extra candied ginger on top before baking it.

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It did not help, really. Even though I baked it for 70 minutes and the tester came out fine, the middle was underdone; more like molasses with a little ginger. Actually, I couldn’t even taste the ginger. After one bite, I proclaimed it a deep, dark, disaster. Only one person liked it. She said it was a distinctly new england flavor. Well, I have never lived in new england, so I don’t have any experience with that. If this sounds like something you would like, here’s the recipe. All I have to say is that I am really glad it wasn’t my birthday cake.

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My birthday cake, Maple Walnut Pear Upside Down Cake, was exponentially better. The husband made it for me. Isn’t he the best?

Now, you know what I am going to have to do, don’t you? I am going to have to make my favorite gingerbread cake for you. Watch this space.