Wednesday, December 5, 2012

TWD ~ Gingerbread Baby Cakes

Gingerbread Baby Cakes…YUM!!
I’m late...I’m late...for a very important date. No time to say hello, goodby…I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!  It’s Wednesday and, I’m late for Baking with Julia!  It’s called Tuesdays With Dorie for a reason! However, the holidays are upon us and sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want.  Like putting up my Christmas tree, that I bought two years ago!  Pre-lit…three pieces…easy to assemble...baloney! Well, you should have seen me trying to put those three pieces together…or maybe not! I was not exactly pleasant to be around!  Soooo frustrating!  My plan was a simple one…put the tree up then go bake my Baby Cakes.  Well, the tree took me so long, and left me so annoyed, there was no way I was going to bake anything!!  Never try to bake when frustrated. Wisely, I waited until this morning to bake my Gingerbread Baby Cakes! I’m so glad I did!

These cakes were quite easy to make. The recipe comes from Johanne Killeen.  All dry ingredients get mixed together.  Then, beat the butter and brown sugar together in a mixer bowl until smooth and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  Add the fresh ginger and the molasses (would you believe 2 cups of molasses). I have never used two cups of molasses in anything I baked.  Lucky for me I had two bottles in my pantry.  Now you fold in the flour mixture and pour into the prepared pans.  I don’t own mini cake pans but, I do have a giant muffin pan and three little heart shaped springform pans! They worked great! These were wonderful. The taste was a bit chocolaty and spicy…a delicious gingerbread!  Perfect for the holiday season!  A keeper for sure!

Karen at Karen's Kitchen Stories is our host for Gingerbread Baby Cakes and you can find the recipe on her site.  You can also see what all the other bakers are doing at Tuesdays with Dorie.

These little cakes have a big taste

These were just plain wonderful….a perfect treat for the season
So delectable!!


28 comments:

  1. Hi Kathy!

    I hope you and yours had a glorious Thanksgiving. It's hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner. I'll be heading to Idaho to spend it with the grandchildren this year. I am so excited!!! I've bookmarked these darling Gingerbread Cakes to bake with the kids when I get there. Not only do they adore gingerbread, they love little bites too, lol...

    Thank you so much for sharing...Just in case I don't make it back, Merry Christmas! Louise

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  2. Your cakes look so good. The little heart are adorable. And with the addition of whipped cream they look perfect. Glad you liked them.

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  3. I adore gingerbread, why does it only get noticed at the holidays? These look great, and I admire you for tackling your tree...I'm procrastinating...

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  4. I feel your pain with the Pre Lit Christmas Tree. It takes forever for me to figure how to set up ours. Love the Gingerbread - it is one of my favorite holiday foods:)

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  5. Hi Kathy! Too funny I was headed over here when I read your comment! I always like to make gingerbread for the holidays, it's good to know you liked this recipe. Your baby cakes are just adorable, I'm glad you made them;-)

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  6. Your hearts are really cute! What a great way to improvise!

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  7. Trees are not simple, are they? A real one is considered mandatory (not by me) in our house and I have been procrastinating on it like nobody's business...
    Your mini cakes are lovely - especially with the nice piping of whippped cream.
    Thank you for the card!

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  8. Ahhhh, yes. The battle of the Christmas tree. I always come away from that battle with scratched up hands and arms! Those needles, artificial or not, are scratchy!

    Your little cakes are lovely!

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  9. I like the heart shape, gingerbread is a flavor to love, so warm and spicy! They are beautiful, glad you liked them!

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  10. Aw! Love the cute heart-shaped cakes!

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  11. Love, love, love those heart shaped baby cakes! Glad you got your tree up (mine is still in the box) and you had a wonderful dessert to enjoy.
    Have a Merry Christmas!

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  12. I still haven't made anything gingerbread yet this holiday season and these look so cute and perfect!

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  13. Oh my goodness you hearts are so cute! I'm glad they turned out well for you :)

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  14. Ohhhh!!!! It's so cute!!!!!I like your version, really perfect!!!!
    Glad you enjoyed the recipe, unfortunately for me it was too strong!!!

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  15. What gorgeous little baby cakes my friend :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  16. Beautiful Photos! We loved these cakes as well! :)

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  17. My goodness these little cakes look soooo delicious! I am a big fan of all things gingerbread! They look absolutely gorgeous and such a perfect sweet treat with Christmas just around the corner!

    What a lovely blog you have! As fellow foodies we can't wait for more! New follower here :)

    Have a great week!

    Chloe & Sarah

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  18. Two cups does seem like a lot of molasses, but I'm a fan of both molasses and ginger so I think I'd love them.

    And good call on delaying your baking - the only time I mess up a recipe is when I'm in a bad mood!

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  19. Your baby cakes are lovely, Kathy. I love the heart-shaped ones! Glad you enjoyed these.

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  20. Love your heart shaped baby cakes! At least you have your tree up! Mine is in the box mocking me:)

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  21. Is this when I use the, "Better late than never" line? Kathy, didn't you read my Post about the Christmas tree? My neighbors - two young and strong guys - took me to buy the tree and then spent 15 minutes putting it together. Although we women can do almost anything (and, don't we prove that every day), we cannot, by ourselves, put together a three-piece artificial Christmas tree. Ain't no way. Why didn't you have your people call my people and they would have told you that. There is time for stress and this is not one of them. Get help...... Loved your heart-shaped baby cakes. Wasn't this gingerbread delightful? You are the third Dorista that has a snowing Blog - it just makes me LOL.

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  22. Kathy, you certainly made absolutely stunning Gingerbread Baby Cakes - I love their shape, their texture and the way you presented them - as I always say (write), I love all your baked goods, they always turn out picture perfect!
    P.S.: We were snowed in today (which is rather unusual) and now there is even more snow on your blog - this is cute!

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  23. Your cakes look perfect! I love the heart shaped ones. Please stop by my blog and enter for the Dorie Greenspan cookbook, BAKING from my house to yours that I am giving away! www.praycookblog.com

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  24. So very pretty! Glad you enjoyed them - to much of a molasses flavor for me. I was hoping to taste more of the other unique flavors of this bread.

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  25. Your cakes looks so cute. I love little individual desserts like this.

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  26. Better late than never! These look so good and I love gingerbread. I think the holiday season needs to go an extra month so I can bake everything on my list!

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  27. Cute 'out of breath' posting :) So glad to hear that you also enjoyed the gingerbread cakes! We loved them and the left over molasses just got used for gingerbread cookies. Go ginger!

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