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Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread


This week's Tuesdays With Dorie baking challenge is the Fresh Ginger & Chocolate Gingerbread Cake. This cake incorporates fresh ginger and chocolate into the batter which is then topped with a chocolate frosting. The original recipe calls for baking the cake in a 9 x9 inch square pan, however I opted on using my mini bundt cake pan instead.



I've never been a big gingerbread fan, much less had ginger and chocolate flavors together. This cake did surprise me though and I liked how it had a very balanced taste. The fresh ginger really came through and paired nicely with the chocolate. The only substitution I made was using semisweet chocolate chips in place of the bittersweet chocolate the recipe called for.



I guess I was a bit too anxious to frost my cakes since it was still fairly warm when I frosted them (hence, the 'wet' look)... but it seemed to help accentuate the chocolate tones of the cake. After they cooled a bit, I frosted them again and garnished the top with a bit more sugared fresh ginger bits.


For the holidays, I would probably make this again perhaps as mini cupcakes. It's a nice variation that I like more than traditional gingerbread cake recipe. For the recipe, check out Heather's blog - Sherry Trifle. Don't forget to check out the other TWD bakers for their version of the cake recipe!

16 comments

  1. That looks amazing! I love the wet look!!

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  2. Please explain, why the food porn so early in the morning?

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  3. I love it, love it, love it!!! These are some of my favorites so far. Absolutely perfect.

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  4. that looks way too good to eat.

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  5. I wish I had a piece right now! (I took mine to book club and then my husband took the rest to work.)
    Oh, and if you have a chance, make the ginger whipped cream, it's really, really good.

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  6. You did a beautiful job!!! Such a lovely cake!
    I don't like ginger, so, I left out the fresh and stem ginger and added ground spices...this cake is a keeper!

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  7. Joelen these pictures are gorgeous!!! I sat this one out because I don't like fresh ginger (plus, this cake was a little too "Christmas-y" so soon after Christmas - but that's just me) - but yours really looks fantastic- seriously! YUM!

    -Amy
    www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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  8. oooh. the mini bundt's are adorable. They look great.

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  9. I think the "wet" look is gorgeous! I'm drooling over here!

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  10. I love your mini-gingerbread cakes. They look gorgeous. YUM!

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  11. I couldn't figure out what was on top of the cake until you said it was sugared ginger. I thought it was sugar crystals that had melted! But don't get me wrong, it looks delicious all the same.

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  12. Great idea to use that type of pan! Also a great idea to add the sugared ginger on top. I can pretty much never get too much ginger. :) Great job!

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  13. The cake looks fabulous and very enticing. Great job!

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  14. I love your mini bundts! I really need to get some of those pans. Great job on the cakes, they're gorgeous!

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  15. that looks scrumptious. i love how you added the sugared ginger on top of the cake!! yum.

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