GINGERBREAD CAKE WITH BUTTERMILK FROSTING

Ellen Bales

By
@Starwriter

Here is another of my favorites: a gingerbread recipe that is completely decadent. This has got to be simply heavenly and would elegantly top off a meal in fall or winter, especially. I'm thinking this will be a snowed-in-during-January project.
Recipe & photo: Southern Living Magazine
12-16-14


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Serves:

10-12

Prep:

2 Hr 30 Min

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

3-3/4 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
chopped crystallized ginger
2 tsp
baking powder
2 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
ground cloves
1 c
(2 sticks) butter, softened
1-1/2 c
firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large
eggs, separated
1-1/2 c
hot strong brewed coffee
3/4 c
light molasses
shortening
buttermilk frosting
spiced glazed pecans

BUTERMILK FROSTING

1 c
(2 sticks) butter, softened
1 pkg
(32-oz.) powdered sugar
5 to 8 Tbsp
buttermilk
2 Tbsp
fresh lemon juice
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 pinch
salt

SPICED GLAZED PECANS

1/4 c
sugar
1/4 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp
ground ginger
1/8 tsp
ground cloves
1 c
coarsely chopped pecans

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Process the first 7 ingredients in a food processor for 1 minute or until ginger is finely ground. Beat buter at medium speed with an electric stand mixer until creamy. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time; beat until blended after each addition.
2
Combine coffee and molasses. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with coffee mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended. Beat egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into batter in 3 batches.
3
Spoon batter into 3 greased (shortening) and floured 8-inch-round cake pans. Bake in a preheated 350ยบ oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool on racks.
4
Spread buttermilk frosting between layers and over cake. Garnish with pecans.
5
FOR BUTTERMILK FROSTING:
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with 5 TBSP. buttermilk. Beat at low speed until blended. Stir in lemon juice, vanilla, and salt. If desired, add up to 3 TBSP. buttermilk, 1 TBSP. at a time; beat to desired consistency.
6
FOR SPICED GLAZED PECANS:
Combine first 4 ingredients in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add pecans and cook, stirring constantly, 7 minutes or until sugar melts and coats pecans. Spread on greased wax paper, and cool.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy, Heirloom