Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hours 10 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes
With such an alluring name this cake is at the top of my Valentine’s Day menu. The recipe is from a local outdoor adventure centre. I have names it after Denise, the woman who shared the recipe with me. She and her husband run Elmhurst Outdoors and and on Thursday mornings through the winter they offer “Snowshoe and vittles” , a two-hour snowshoeing excursion through miles of trails on their property, followed by a hot lunch in their cozy lodge.
This soaked ginger cake with brown sugar sauce was on the menu one time and the name alone made me request the recipe.
Soaked with a buttery brown sugar sauce while it’s still warm from the oven, this gingerbread poke cake is beyond moist. A dollop of whipped cream is all it needs for a final dressing.
Denise’s Soaked Ginger Cake Recipe
- 2 1/4 cups flour (works with brown rice flour)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup oil
- 3/4 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- 2 eggs
- In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.
- In another bowl beat together the water, oil, eggs and molasses.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well.
- Pour into a greased 8” x 8” pan.
- Bake at 350 for 45 -55 min until the edges of the cake start to pull away from the sides of the pan.
**Reader tip: Add 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger to the batter.
While the cake is in the oven prepare the sauce:
Buttery Brown Sugar Sauce
In a medium pot combine:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup water
- Heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.
- When cake is cooked, cool in pan for 10 minutes then prick with a fork or skewer and pour over the sauce.
- Serve cake warm with whipped cream.
Poke holes in the cake for the sauce to soak through: While the sauce is still hot…Spoon it over the cake, taking care to cover it well.
Pour every last drop (no matter how tempting it is to save a spoonful for yourself).
Serve immediately, while it’s still warm.
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