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Gingerbread plated

The story I’m currently working on features a hero who loves gingerbread. Since I always include a recipe at the back of my books, I thought it would  be fun to include one for gingerbread.

Only I don’t have a good recipe for gingerbread cake. I have one for cookies and bars, but not cake.

So after drooling over dozens of options, I gave this one a try. It was a very good decision. Moist and flavorful, it filled the house with the most fabulous spicy scent while it baked.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Start by creaming the egg and brown sugar together.

Start by creaming the butter and brown sugar together.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside. Mix the rest of the liquid ingredients into the batter.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside. Mix the rest of the liquid ingredients into the batter.

Mix the dry ingredients into the batter, one cup at a time.

Mix the dry ingredients into the batter, one cup at a time.

gingerbread batter

When well blended, pour into greased pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes.

When baked, you can top with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, caramel sauce, whipping cream, or cream cheese frosting.

When baked, you can top with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, caramel sauce, whipping cream, or cream cheese frosting.

I went with cream cheese frosting. I warmed it in the microwave for about 12 seconds until it was pourable.

I went with cream cheese frosting. I warmed it in the microwave for about 12 seconds until it was pourable.

Slice and savor the explosion of spicy bliss on your tongue!

Slice and savor the explosion of spicy bliss on your tongue!

Gingerbread

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

3/4 cup molasses

1/2 cup applesauce

2 1/2 cup flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup hot water

Cream Cheese Frosting (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour two loaf pans, two round cake pans or a 9 x 13 baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream together brown sugar and butter.  Beat in egg, molasses, and applesauce.  Spray your measuring cup with a shot of non-stick spray before you pour in the molasses. It will slide right out of it without leaving a big sticky mess behind.

In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients.

Add dry ingredients to batter 1 cup at a time. When it is well-blended, add the cup of hot water and stir to incorporate.

If you are using loaf pans, bake for about 50 minutes. If using cake pans, baking time will decrease to around 20-30 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.

Top with frosting, sprinkle with powdered sugar, drizzle with caramel sauce or dollop on whipped cream. You can finish it however you like!

She Who Loves the Spicy Scent of Fall Baking

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If you’re looking for some fall party themes, decorating ideas or fun recipes, check out my latest Savvy Entertaining guide in the Savvy Entertaining series!

Savvy Autumn Entertaining offers a variety of tips for bringing fall into your home, from quick decorating ideas to scents that speak to the season. There are a number of party themes from Apple to Pumpkin, as well as some of my favorite fall recipes including several pumpkin recipes!

Here’s the best part… you can download Savvy Autumn Entertaining for free from my website or Smashwords. You can also find it on Amazon for 99 cents.

Enjoy!

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apple-crispIf you want to fill your home with the delicious scent of baked cinnamon and apples, this apple crisp will do the trick. It is fast and easy to put together and so good! It is one of the few desserts  Hubby will actually eat!

Apple Crisp

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 1/2 tsps cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/3 cup butter, melted

6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed

Caramel topping or sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×9 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Mix together 3/4 cup brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg and melted butter. Work together with a fork until it is crumbly and well- mixed. Set aside. Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon with the sliced apples. Stir well to coat apples then pour into the casserole dish. Top with crumbly mixture and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until juice is bubbly.

Serve while warm. Warm caramel sauce and drizzle in a fun design on the plate. Place a piece of crisp on top of design and drizzle with caramel sauce. Place a spoonful of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream next to the cobbler and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!

 

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