Tuesdays with Dorie: Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread

January 27, 2009 at 1:46 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 57 Comments

fresh ginger and chocolate gingerbread

I’ve had my eye on this recipe for quite awhile, and I was pretty happy when Heather of Sherry Trifle picked it for this week’s TWD.  My mum made gingerbread cookies with us every year at Christmastime, but gingerbread in cake form is one of those “newer discoveries” that I wish I hadn’t missed out on for so long.

With the addition of chocolate and icing (yay, icing!), Dorie’s version takes the classic gingerbread cake and shakes it up a bit.  I have been a little cacao-deprived as of late, so I really liked the little flecks of chocolate speckled throughout the cake.  And the chocolate icing..my gosh, the icing.  I used a shot of espresso from the coffee shop to make it, so the coffee kick was quite noticeable, and quite tasty.  The chocolate and coffee worked really well with the cake’s spicy ginger trifecta (fresh, ground and candied). 

I made two-thirds of a recipe and baked it in an eight-inch sqaure pan.  I did this before I even saw Dorie’s note, so I gave myself a pat on the back for that one.  Dorie’s serving size suggestion was a bit…ummm…gigantic.  I was actually able to get nine pieces (instead of six) out of my smaller cake.  This was four nights worth of dessert for us, so we paired it with vanilla ice cream one night, whipped cream the next, and enjoyed it plain-Jane with tea another.  Every which way, it was delicious, and stayed nice and moist the whole time. 

For the recipe, read Sherry Trifle or see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (she also has it here on Serious Eats).  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll.


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  1. this looks so moist and yummy I bet the addition of chocolate and coffee makes it even more interesting. Hmm drooling!!

  2. I love ginger cake and that looks delicious! I may have to buy this book if only for this recipe!

    Katie xox

  3. Your gingerbread looks great! I really wanted to cut it into slices, but I thirded the recipe, which wouldnt have been enough for a square pan. I made two little springform tins instead.

  4. I must say that I also like the addition of chocolate and icing. Bring on the coffee!!!

  5. Looks delicious! Ginger and choc, what a heavenly combination!


  6. Lovely!! Fabulous icing addition too 🙂

  7. your slice looks delicious! i love your layout, too!

  8. Of course… you deserve that pat on the back, Steph! LOL
    Everything you do is always so perfect, no wonder you thought of it beforehand!
    Very pretty and probably just as tasty!

  9. As always, so absolutely beautiful! I love visiting your blog week after week!

  10. I forgot about this recipe in the book. The book has so many recipes, and some get lost in the shuffle. I must remember to make this before the season changes.

  11. This recipe was just so yummy.

    I pared down the ginger aspect, and found it delightful.

  12. Ginger and chocolate paired up, sounds delightful!!

  13. I used espresso powder to make my icing and I loved the kick it added! Great job 🙂

  14. The picture is amazing. What awesome ways to pair it each night.

  15. I thought the icing was a real nice touch, it was very good.

  16. Looks great!

  17. I loved this icing…the coffee gave it such a nice flavor, and I’m not even a coffee fan!

    Beautiful job!

  18. the picture sure is delightful. So is the gingerbread! I’m glad u enjoyed it!

  19. This looks like a great cake! A real ginger trifecta! Well done!

  20. I like your bread, great job!

  21. I used whipped cream instead of icing but maybe next time I’ll have to try the chocolate icing. Your cake looks gorgeous!

  22. I am so in love with this recipe. It was sooo good. Your gingerbread looks amazing. I’m glad you loved it too.

  23. Absolutely gorgeus! It looks so delish! makes me wish I didn’t bail on this weeks!

  24. tout ce que tu fais est parfait Steph 🙂 et cette recette ne fait pas exception !

  25. I loved this too – I bet it was yummy with whipped cream!

  26. Delicious!

  27. It does look very nice…really, your photos are great. I am, however, going straight to that banana cake…NOW THERE’S ONE THAT WE WOULD ALL LOVE! That looks fantastic.

  28. This was a great recipe. I loved it with the coffee hint in the icing.

  29. That does look delicious. Mine are baking and I am getting impatient to try it.

  30. yum, it looks delicious!! it definitely hit the spot for me too. wish i had some left 🙂

  31. I too needed a chocolate boost. Glad you liked the way it tasted, and the photo styling is so pretty.

  32. Yum, your cake looks fantastic!! I haven’t made this yet (too many other goodies in the house), and I was really questioning the icing, but yours looks so divine and chocolaty that I think I’m definitely including it.

  33. Your icing looks so yummy. Great job!

  34. holy YUM! i would serve myself a big piece too…

  35. beautiful! 🙂

  36. Your photo is fantastic! This cake looks delicious!

  37. I had it a number of ways, and yes – it’s good no matter how you eat it. Having it with ice cream sounds wonderful. Oh, and I agree – Dorie’s serving sizes are always gigantic!

  38. Your cake looks awesome! I especially like how the frosting looks.

  39. Oh. My. Gosh. If I wasn’t a little worn out with the chocolate bread from the chocolate Amish Friendship Bread I’ve been taking out, this would be on my list of things to make.


  40. It looks absolutely gorgeous! I have a cookie recipe that I love that mixes ginger and chocolate that is wonderful too. Lovely pic!

  41. Yum! I am not a coffee fan but I bet the espresso was really good in this! Love the pictures!

  42. Fabulous job on the gingerbread! I love the thick layer of icing! YUM!

  43. I loved this recipe as well. Yours came out beautiful, I love the photo and it looks so moist! I will have to try with the frosting next time.

  44. Yikes – making 2/3 of a recipe? I consider being able to halve something an accomplishment.

  45. So pretty. I agree, 9 pieces?! Wow, she must be feeding sumo wrestlers or something. 🙂

  46. Ooh, yum. I’m going to have to try the icing at some point. And I’m glad to hear that the cake keeps well, since I have a lot of it left. =)

  47. looks very good. i so wanted to try it with vanilla ice cream, but when i went to the freezer i found my boyfriend had eaten it all.

  48. You have made a lovely cake as always – the crumb is perfect. Thanks for the tip about using the microplane.

  49. Yours looks just like the picture in the book!

  50. Wow, I’m SO trying this one out. We’ve got dinner guests next week and this looks like a perfect dessert. Thanks!!

  51. Your version looks delicious, and I love your photo!

  52. How delicious! And with vanilla ice cream…yumm.

  53. drooling over here! oh man could i go for a slice of your cake. great job!

  54. Steph, I loved your photo with the green pitcher in the background. Nice. I too loved all the layers of flavor present in this cake. Wow, it was a full house this time. Your look very nice and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  55. That looks really, really lovely!!

  56. I’ve only ever had gingerbread cookies, but I bet I’d love this! It looks soooo good! 😉

  57. Ok, that looks good enough to eat. Now.

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