Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Gingerbread Baby Cakes

December 4, 2012 at 12:02 am | Posted in BWJ, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 22 Comments
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gingerbread baby cakes

What–December already?!?  Seems I am refusing to belive it, because every time I went to label the stuff I made at work today, I wrote “11/” and then had to turn that second one into a goofy two.  I feel not quite ready to tackle this month.

Johanne Killeen’s Gingerbread Baby Cakes should help me get into the December spirit.  These cakes may be little, but they are strong, with a spicy molasses, ginger and black pepper punch.  Espresso and cocoa add extra dark, bitter notes.  I want to say that I loved these, because they came out so darn cute, but really, they were too intense for me…too adult for my juvenile taste buds.  I don’t have baby cake molds, but I do have baby tube pans, which made a fine substitute.  I have two cakes left, and I’m thinking they will be cubed for a trifle with sweet cream and stuff to temper their spicy bite.

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan or read Karen’s Kitchen Stories (it’s also here).  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. They are cute cakes, but I agree, too strong. I like your idea for a trifle though. Or someone else had the idea of adding the cake to ice cream. Tempering is a good thing for these cakes I think!

  2. I felt the same way as you about cakes. Unfortunately these cakes had too strong a molasses taste for me.

  3. These do sound like they pack quite a punch! I’ve been looking for a recipe that uses ginger to bake something holiday inspired. I might have to give these a try!

  4. I did make the cakes into a trifle with caramel pastry cream and poached pears- I’m posting the recipe on Thursday if you’re interested. I do love the mini tube cakes you used!

  5. Yum…I love your picture! I felt the same as you..so darn cute but the flavor was way to intese for me..

  6. Love the idea for a trifle… yum! 🙂

  7. nice photo…I’ll bake this when I find someone who likes it.


  8. And I loved the strong flavor. Love your little pans.

  9. I also used candied orange peel and I think it kinda sets off the ginger pungency a notch. With some red wine – it would be just lovely this time of the year! On my Santa list – baby tube pans 🙂

  10. Beautiful photos. Hard to believe that it really is December already. Three weeks to Christmas. . . Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Trifle sounds like such a great idea. Makes me want to bake more gingerbread. Your cake looks really lovely!

  12. Your cake looks perfect! But I agree they do pack a punch!

  13. Cutest little cake ever.

  14. Your baby cakes are darling and they are babies – so, it works. How DID you get that perfect round globe of ice cream – seriously?- I’d kill to be able to do that. I happen to really, really like gingerbread, the truer, the better. But, it was a strong taste and I can understand many of the bakers not enjoying it. And, no, it’s not about your juvenile taste buds. If you’re baking with this crowd, your taste buds are just fine. Trifle is a good substitute – just a little bit will do ya!

    • I have a little ice cream scooper made by Zeroll that makes a nice, small round scoop.

  15. what a sweet, delicious cake. love it.

  16. Your cake looks so pretty and photo ready with that ice cream! I actually enjoyed the flavor of these cakes. At least you got your post up on time…I’m a day late!

  17. Beautiful presentation! Is your ice cream sitting atop a piece of chocolate? I wanted to like these…

  18. thats a very cute cake!

  19. This cake may look very cute but it packs quite a punch.

  20. Seems like I would have to share one between a few people. How on earth did you get that ice cream so round and pretty?

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