This recipe was one I had been eyeing for a while from the beautiful blog Love Comma Cake, by New York–based food writer, recipe developer, and food stylist Samantha Seneviratne. There are a lot of ingredients in this one, but it’s worth every effort once you smell the deliciousness of fresh sticky gingerbread wafting through your kitchen.
I baked this recipe twice. The first time was a slight bake fail. The oven was set on grill when I put them in. I forgot to check the setting as Hero had used the oven last and he had used it to grill something the night before! Which meant….
….Charcoal sticky gingerbread. Personally I don’t mind eating char-burnt things (cripsy end bits of wok fried rice, the leftover bits of korean BBQ etc), but this was a bit too charred, so I sliced off that top charred layer, turned it upside down, dusted it with icing sugar and voila!
- 1 and a 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
- 3 cups AP flour
- 1 tbs ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/4 tsp ground clove
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 cup unsulphered blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup finely grated fresh ginger
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- icing sugar, for serving
- Get your oven ready, at 162C, and line your 13 x 9 inch baking tin with baking paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cardamom, salt and ground clove.
- In a large bowl, whisk melted butter, brown sugar, honey, molasses, and ginger. Stir in sour cream, milk and eggs.
- Pour mixture into your baking tin and bake until a toothpick comes out with some moist crumbs attached. This should take 55 minutes approx.
- Cool completely in baking tin before transferring onto a wire rack.
- Cut into slices and dust with icing sugar to serve.
The cake was so good I baked it again for the kids’ visit to their old preschool.
This time I baked a round version just to see how it would turn out.
The baking tin was a bit smaller so the cake rose right up out of the tin.
But hey it was delicious and the teachers loved it.