Christmas is right around the corner and I’ve just realised I haven’t baked anything festive yet! So I thought a nice, warm gingerbread cake will hit the spot on this cold winter day. Here is what you’ll need:
- 1 cup butter
- 1/3 cup sugar (I used demara)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup black treacle (or molasses)
- 2 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup hot water
First, make sure the butter (and egg) are at room temperature. Then, cream the butter and sugar, until it’s velvety smooth.
In a small bowl, beat the egg with the vanilla very well, then add it to the butter mixture.
Now for the treacle! Pour it into the bowl with the butter and eggs, stirring thoroughly.
Once the treacle is stirred through, go ahead and add the flour, salt, and spices. Mix it up real good! It will take a few minutes, but it will come together.
Once mixed, it will be smooth, like frosting. And it should resemble something similar to the photo above.
Now, you’ll boil some water. Slowly add a cup of it to the batter. You’ll basically want to add a bit, stir it through, add more, stir, etc., until it’s fully incorporated.
Pour the batter into a lined baking tin and pop into an oven at 180 C / 350 F for around 40 minutes.
And there you have it, Gingerbread Cake! This turned out light, fluffy, and full of warming spice! I couldn’t wait, so had a hot slice right away.
This cake would be great for a holiday party, or to enjoy with your loved ones at home. If you want to share. I also think it would go very well served warm with some brandy cream or vanilla ice cream. It’s also heavenly on its own. However you try it, it’s sure to be a holiday cake to remember! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!