Gingerbread Bundt Cakes

Holy cow, how is it December 22 already?  I’d better get my gingerbread groove on before the holiday season is over!

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Why is it that we only tend to eat gingerbread goodies during this time of the year?  I mean you can find the ingredients all year long.  Maybe it’s nostalgic to crave cinnamon, ginger, and allspice at Christmas time?  Or perhaps because it’s hard to find fresh fruit this time of the year (at least in the New England area) and that means we branch out to spices instead.  Whatever the reason is, I need my fill because I love anything having to do with gingerbread.

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These are much easier to make than gingerbread cookies if you ask me.  No worrying about getting the frosting spread out evenly or getting gumdrop buttons in the right place.  And how cute are they?!  I mean who wouldn’t love to have their own personal sized bundt cake for dessert?

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These bundt cakes have all of the traditional gingerbread cookie flavors going on except in convenient cake form.  Paired with a cup of espresso (made with my new handy dandy Nespresso maker) is an instant recipe for a great evening.

My husband isn’t a fan of gingerbread cookies.  He just doesn’t really enjoy ginger.  These little bundts still have ginger, but it’s not as intense since it’s spread out in a whole little cake so even he loves them.

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Sprinkle some precious powdered sugar on top.  It’s good stuff and kinda festive (you know because it looks like snow).  Although, if you look at my serving, it’s a tad more than a sprinkling.  Seriously, you have no idea how hard it is to get a proper photo of powdered sugar being sprinkled on something.  😉

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I love that my youngest sister was around to help with these action shots.  Thanks for the assistance, Athena!

When it comes time to serve them, if you aren’t serving them right out of the oven, I highly recommend warming up the cakes in the microwave for a few seconds right before serving (15 seconds will do the job) and serve it with vanilla ice cream.  🙂

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Gingerbread Bundt Cakes Recipe
(4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (equivalent to 3 and 1/3 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • powdered sugar, for dusting on top

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease 4 1-cup bundt pans and set them aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set the dry ingredients aside.
  4. In a small saucepan over Medium heat, melt the butter.
  5. Stir in the ginger, cinnamon, and allspice and cook for about 30 seconds.  Turn off the heat, set it aside and let it cool slightly.
  6. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs and sugar until it’s light and frothy.
  7. Mix in the cooled butter mixture, molasses, and water until smooth and combined.
  8. Mix in the dry ingredients.
  9. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until a tester inserted comes out clean.
  11. Let the cakes cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then remove them from the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.
  12. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of each bundt prior to serving.

Adapted from:  America’s Test Kitchen: The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

 

Here are some other gingerbread and spice treats.

Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

06Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

Zucchini Spice Bars with Spice Frosting

03Zucchini Spice Bars

 

Comments

  1. Tina, these look great and I am sure taste great with the gingerbread.

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you!

  2. Yum!! I looooooooooove anything gingerbread-y, and the fact that these are so easy to make is great! Plus I get to eat a personal cake too so yep, these are perfect! 😉 And the powdered sugar? Aw yes, my friend: you certainly know how to make this girl happy! xxx

    1. Tina says:

      You rock, my friend! 🙂

  3. Ashley says:

    This year I’ve gotten soooo into gingerbread! These little bundt cakes are adorable! Love that shot with the powdered sugar!!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you… thank you!

  4. Josefine says:

    How can you not like ginger?! Well, my dad doesn’t either. And I don’t get it 🙂 Because ginger bread is the best thing in the world. Poor them 😉
    These look amazing. I love the sixe – they are so cute

    1. Tina says:

      I know, right?! Thanks Josefine. 🙂

  5. These gingerbread bundt cakes are like the cutest thing ever!! Love the flavours, so festive and I totally love the simple dusting of icing sugar to decorate these! 😀 I can’t believe how quick this year has gone by and how it’s Christmas later this week?! Crazy! X

    1. Tina says:

      I’m glad you love! 🙂 I’ve already seen commercials for Valentine’s Day?!? Really?

  6. Victoria Cooke says:

    These little cakes look so good. I prefer gingerbread over chocolate, if you can believe that. I love how you captured the powdered sugar action. Good job little sister.

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you!!

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