January 27, 2009

Chocolate and Ginger


I debated. I decided no. Then I went to the TWD website to see what else we were making after this week. Then I debated some more. Did I want to really make chocolate gingerbread? Who would eat it besides me? Is it something my co-workers will eat? Well, I decided I would try it and see. So, I made the gingerbread.


I really like the icing recipe. Melted semi-sweet chocolate and coffee, stirring in softened butter and just enough confectioners sugar to make it sweet. I love how it tasted and I love how easy it was to spread on the cake. I will definitely keep that icing in mind for other recipes! I also like how moist the cake turned out. I did use a "real" 9x9 pan as Dorie had contacted our group to tell us we would have too much batter if we went with an 8x8 instead. I was lucky - apparently 9x9 pans are hard to come by, but I have one from an elderly friend who left me a lot of her dishes when she passed on. Turned out perfect. I think if I was to eat this cake, I probably wouldn't be able to stop it looks and smells so good to me.



Our choice this week came from Heather of Sherry Trifle the name of the recipe is Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread which can be found on Heather's blog or on page 212 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours.


To check out the other Gingerbread cakes you can visit our blogroll. Next week is Dorie's World Peace cookies. These I have made before and LOVE them!

49 comments:

  1. I absolutely love chocolate and gingerbread. I have Dorie's book so I really should try this. Yours looks so good. I have heard a lot about the world peace cookies and have yet to make them too....

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  2. I want a piece of this cake. It looks so delicious!

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  3. Definitely an amazing way to enjoy gingerbread!

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  4. I would like a piece of this with my coffee right now!

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  5. Sounds like a unique combo and a great way to enjoy the gingerbread taste outside of the holidays :)

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  6. I guess I'd better take good care of my 9x9 pan! I never knew they were hard to find.

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  7. Chocolate and gingerbread?? Genius!

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  8. That chocolate gingerbread looks wonderful! Yum!

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  9. I debated about making this one too... But im glad I did!

    Yours look really good! And I love your new header picture! so sweet!

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  10. Oh, love love love gingerbread like this!

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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  11. Wow it looks so moist and delicous.

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  12. sounds like you and I were thinking alike about sitting this one out. I now have gingerbread frozen in ramekins because the two of us couldn't eat it all. But I thought it was really tasty. I brought one to work yesterday and shared. Your icing looks delicious.

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  13. That looks FABULOUS!! I absolutely love chocolate and gingerbread together -- and your looks especially moist and delicious!

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  14. Im glad you decided to participate. Your gingerbread turned out so good. I really love to bake but Im getting to the point I really MUST give it away.

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  15. This was just so great.

    I even doubled the icing.

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  16. Your cake came out great! I skipped this week sshhh dont tell anyone!!

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  17. I would never have thought to put gingercake with chocolate but it looks and sounds delicious. Great photos Shelby.

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  18. Dang, you just turned into the blogging fool. You are busting out recipes left and right. Everything that I'm looking at looks so good. This gingerbread cake looks so good. Along with everything you make.

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  19. I'm thinking my gingerbread will be going to the daycare, since I don't know if Gillian or Brianna will like it. We'll see. It looks like yours turned out great!

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  20. It looks so rich and dark and moist! YUM!

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  21. This was such a good recipe. I am not a huge fan of coffee, but I LOVED the icing!

    You did a beautiful job!

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  22. Gingerbread and chocolate - that sounds like an unexpected combination, but delicious anyway! Yum.

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  23. I'v never been a huge fan of gingerbread but yours looks sooo good! The topping especially!

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  24. Never would have thought of chocolate gingerbread, but it looks wicked good. I bet that icing was great, I'll have to try that out. :)

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  25. I gotta admit I am in the no camp to chocolate and gingerbread. I sometimes think there are no traditionally sweet flavors that woman (Dorie Greenspan) won't combine! :)

    Love your new header. My youngest has been sitting and staring at it shouting "I love M&Ms!!) for the last 5 minutes. :)

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  26. Your cake looks great! I need to be one of your co-workers because they are spoiled! :)

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  27. Your cake turned out great. It really was a good recipe even though I had my doubts.

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  28. That icing does sound terrif! I think that is very sweet that your friend left you some of her pans. I have some meaningful pieces in my kitchen too!

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  29. Chocolate & ginger, why not? Besides, this is stunning to look at...ingredients can be tweaked.

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  30. Thanks everyone! The verdict is in and the cake was gone by the time lunch hour was over. Only one person didn't care for it. Everyone else to took the cake loved it! Guess its a real winner!

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  31. Your gingerbread looks gorgeous. I loved this recipe, it was soooo good.

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  32. yours came out beautifully! i am a big fan of this icing too (and the cake!)

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  33. Are you saying you didn't have it once it was iced?!? Well, at least you tried some of the parts :)

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  34. That topping is so awesome looking. Wow, a glass of milk and I'd be so, so happy!

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  35. Oh yours looks beautiful!! I loved mine, I only wish I hadn't seen another bloggers post on the nutritional content and how many calories it had! YIKES... I think calorie counting when it comes to TWD should be banned! ;)

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  36. It looks truly evil. I love it!!

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  37. This gingerbread sounds delightful. I have never tried chocolate and ginger before.
    I really find frosting/ icing too sweet but chocolate ganache style finishes I love.

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  38. wow, yours looks really moist and delicious!

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  39. Your pictures are wonderful and I love how moist your cake looks. The top of mine is moist but the bottom is dry, how weird, right?

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  40. I'm glad I don't work with you... with all these amazing treats you bring in for them, I'd weigh a 1000 pounds!

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  41. Good on ya for making it, even if you were not sure how it would go down. It was a goody, and it owuldhave been a shame to miss it.

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  42. Honey I love the ginger and chocolate combo...I sure can do with a slice. :)

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  43. Your cake looks amazing!! I still have to make mine... I have been in Amsterdam since the weekend for a seminar I organised and was busy with the preparations for said seminar, so I didn't get to bake them earlier.... I've been a terrible TWD-slacker the last couple of weeks!! :(

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  44. Glad you decided to make it. It was good. Love the pic with the little choco chips. Yours look tasty!

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  45. Those look nice and moist and good! I really like the sound of the chocolate and ginger combo.

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  46. I've been eyeing this recipe for a few days--looks like I'm going to have to try it.

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