Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gingerbread Baby Cakes { TWD BWJ }


It's Tuesday and that means it's time for another recipe from Baking With Julia.  Today's recipe is perfect for the holidays.  I personally love gingerbread in all forms but have to say the cookie version is my favorite.  Especially the ones my mom has been making every year, probably since before I was born, as gifts for for family and friends and of course for us to enjoy.  I look forward to them as soon as December hits.

These gingerbread baby cakes are a bit different than the gingerbread you might be used.  The addition of espresso and cocoa powders give them a unique flavor.  One thing I discovered about myself upon trying this recipe is that I'm a gingerbread purist and I wanted the cocoa, and especially the coffee out.  And I actually reduced the amount of called for espresso powder by half and I still thought it was a bit much.  If you love coffee flavored  goodies then try this one out as it is written, but my suggestion would be to cut the espresso powder and add a little extra ginger, and substitute more flour for the cocoa.  I will be posting one of my favorite gingerbread recipes soon so stay tuned....

If you would like to give these gingerbread cakes a try, the recipe can be found on pages 247 & 248 in Baking with Julia or over at Karen's Kitchen Stories.  
Photobucket

8 comments:

  1. What beautiful little bundt cakes! This recipe wasn't a favourite for me. I found the molasses and ginger to be too much. Or maybe it was the espresso and chocolate I'm not sure. I just felt it was too strong of a flavour. Can't wait to see your favourite recipe. I do love gingerbread, so I was disappointed with this one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Agree, whatever it may have been, flavor was far too strong.

      Delete
  2. These mini bundts are just gorgeous!
    I agree with the extra ginger - I did that and thought it helped to balance the strong molasses tone.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Cher....glad the extra ginger made them enjoyable for you. I think I'll stick to my other gingerbread recipes ; )

      Delete
  3. Your cakes turned out lovely - were you shopping at Williams-Sonoma? I have looked at those pans several times wondering if I should indulge. . .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks... I do believe the pans are from Williams Sonoma. They were a gift from my mom a couple years ago. They do turn out beautiful little cakes whatever the occasion may be!

      Delete
  4. What beautiful little cakes, I am so in love with the baby bundts~ Please stop by my blog and register for the cookbook giveaway going on through Sunday! Blessings, Catherine www.praycookblog.com

    ReplyDelete