Gingerbread Cake with Cognac Glaze

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Gingerbread Cake

TT Test Kitchen Tip: Add visual drama to this grown-up gingerbread cake with French dragées. (Use dragées as decoration only.)

Gingerbread Cake with Cognac Glaze

Cook Time: 1 hour



¾ cup unsulfured molasses

½ cup freshly brewed coffee

1 cup hot water

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon unsweetened natural cocoa powder

1½ teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon salt

⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 eggs

¾ cup dark brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

1½ tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger

Finely grated zest of 1 medium lemon

⅓ cup grapeseed oil


Cognac Glaze

2 cups confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons cognac

3 tablespoons water

1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

Pinch of salt


1. Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 325°. Spray the bottom and sides of a pudding pan or Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray.

2. In a medium saucepot, bring the molasses, coffee and water to a boil. Remove from the heat and carefully whisk in the baking soda. Set aside to cool slightly, about 15 to 20 minutes.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, salt and black pepper. Set aside.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, fresh ginger, lemon zest and grapeseed oil. Gradually whisk in the reserved molasses mixture and flour mixture a third at a time, alternating until the mixture is just combined.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place in the oven. Bake until a tester comes out clean, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Place the cake on a cooling rack and let cool in the baking pan for 5 minutes. Carefully turn the cake out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

6. Make the cognac glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, cognac, water, vanilla-bean seeds and a pinch of salt until smooth. Pour the glaze over the cooled cake and serve.

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