Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Chocolate-Coffee Gingerbread

This recipe is a keeper if you like a rich, moist and flavourful cake. The gingerbread flavour would be perfect around Christmas time, but since I woke up to snow this morning, I see no reason why I shouldn't be eating this now. Terrific with a cup of coffee and dolloped with plain whipped cream.

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 cup mild flavoured olive oil
3 large eggs
1 cup freshly brewed coffee
1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate (60% cocoa)
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger

Preheat oven to 350 ˚F. Generously butter a 12 cup Bundt pan (or two smaller Bundt pans), then spray with nonstick spray. Dust pan lightly with flour. Whisk 2 cups of flour and the next 5 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Combine sugar, molasses, olive oil, and eggs in large bowl; whisk until well blended. Add dry ingredients and stir to blend. Mix in hot coffee, then chocolate and crystallized ginger (most of chocolate will melt). Transfer batter to prepared pan.

Bake cake until tester inserted near center comes out clean and cake begins to pull away from sides of pan, 55 to 60 minutes. Transfer pan to rack; cool cake in pan 20 minutes. Turn cake out onto rack and cool at least 1 hour.


Annie Wicking said...

Sound wonderful, Carla. Christmas and snow in one posting... oh,mmm did I miss the summer? lol

Best wishes my dear friend

pandave said...

mmmm mmm good!

pandave said...

oh wait, i was distracted by the cake.

Carla said...

Annie, It seems that we have fallen into a state of perpetual winter. I'm hoping the spring hurries up and arrives.

Pandave, I was saying the exact same thing this morning, but down it came. I WANT spring!!!!

Isle Dance said...

You torture me. :o)

Carla said...

Ilse Dance, Truth be told, I rarely make stuff like this and I'm starting my spring cleanse just as soon as this weekend is over.

jillie said...

As full as I am, that still looks good. I think that I just may have to try that one out.

we're doomed said...

This recipe sounds very tasty, Carla.

The Fool said...

Happy Fool's Day, Nomad!

BurdockBoy said...

Coffee, chocolate, and spices...I am all about this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

I've been baking more wintery foods as well (pumpkin bread). I should bake a sweet Easter Bread to encourage spring.

Carla said...

Jillie, If you do, hope you like it.

We're doomed, Thanks, it really is.

Carla said...

Fool, And a happy fool's day to you as well.

Burdock Boy, I've been thinking about baking Easter bread as well. Perhaps this weekend. And funny you say it, I've been doing a fair amount with pumpkin lately too. Found a great recipe for pumpkin pudding.

Steffi said...

Oh how delicious,Carla!Thank you for sharing!Yummy!

Carla said...

Steffi, You're most welcome. I hope you get a chance to try the recipe.

Cheryl said...

Mmm, sounds delicious. We woke up to snow too and it's still going gangbusters, maybe I'll make this tomorrow!

Carla said...

Cheryl, I can't believe the weather. It was so warm a couple of weeks ago that I turned my heat off. Needless to say, I've turned it back on again. Hope you like this...it would go great with some of your chai tea. Mmmm...all that spice.

Jeanine said...

oh me oh my! this looks absolutely divine. woke up to snow too this morning. i have a layer of gelato and pasta around my waist that i need to tackle... but maybe it can wait a while longer ;)

Carla said...

Jeanine, We all need a little piece of goodness especially with the crazy cool weather we've been having. I'm sure you'll have your figure back in no time.