It’s Christmas Eve, and so my husband and I are about to hop within the automotive to examine with his aspect of the family. I’m brining along these dazzling minute gingerbread cakes to portion for dessert.
These cakes are exciting and dense (in a factual map) with factual a tad of lemon cream cheese frosting to complement them. They have gotten the consistency of a cake-y brownie but the flavour of gingerbread cookies. The runt cakes are about the scale of cupcakes, but with a contact extra style.
Frosting the sides of the cakes grew to alter into out to be a disaster. Feel free to try it, but the entire cake crumbs made for a messy compose, even with a crum layer of icing to decrease them. I take the glance of these bare-sided cakes, which has the extra honest appropriate thing about higher share of frosting to cake. At the same time as you treasure frosting but are simply overwhelmed by it, leaving the sides unfinished will be a factual resolution for you, too.
I baked these as 8×8 sheet cakes and then dilapidated a biscuit cutter to punch out tiny rounds after the cake had baked and cooled. It is possible you’ll also additionally factual smash cupcakes as soon as you occur to don’t have to take care of the assembly.
Makes 9 tiny layer cakes
2 Cups Flour
2 tsp Ginger
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 Cup Molasses (unsulphured, treasure Grandma’s price)
2/3 Cup Hot Water
1/2 Cup Earth Steadiness Margarine
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Ener-g Egg, no longer foremost
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ozTofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
1/4 Cup Earth Steadiness Margarine
1 lb Confectioner’s Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Zest from 1 Lemon
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a tall bowl till nicely blended.
Prepare two 8×8 baking pans as follows: grease the pans with margarine. Lay a sq. of parchment paper down within the interior of the pans, decrease to fit the bottoms. Grease the paper as nicely. Use some of the try combination you factual made to flour the pans, shaking/tapping out any extra.
Slouch molasses and sizzling water together.
Cream the margarine and sugar. Whip the combination with the no longer foremost Ener-g egg till gentle and fluffy.
Add fragment of the molasses combination and fragment of the margarine and sugar combination to the dry map. Birth as a lot as combine. Because the map attain together, add extra of the margarine combination and extra of the molasses combination till the entirety has been included. Slouch to eliminate lumps, but to no longer over-combine.
Pour the batter evenly into the two ready pans. Bake at 350º F for 30-40 minutes till a cake tester comes out clean, or the cease of the cake, when touched, springs serve. Let cakes cool fully, then take away from the pan. It is possible you will have to make use of a knife to loosen the sides, but the parchment paper could honest level-headed defend the bottoms from sticking.
Once the cakes have cooled and have been removed from the pans, use a tiny biscuit cutter to decrease 9 rounds from every cake.
Prepare frosting by beating the final frosting map in a stand mixee till nicely blended and fluffy.
Position a tiny quantity of frosting on 9 rounds.
Stack the rounds.
Position the rest of the frosting in a piping win and frost the cease of every cake.
I garnished them with green and crimson nonpareils, but maraschino cherries could be righteous! Lend a hand in an airtight container till ready to serve.
I’m hoping you all have a massive holiday season!