Gingerbread Pudding Cake

*Gingerbread Pudding Cake*
Serves 12, but can be successfully halved

I just love pudding cakes, and this one is a spicy delight!  Serve warm with ice cream for a realy tasty treat!

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup molasses
(mild and in the uk you can use 1/4 cup dark treacle mixed with 1/4 cup golden syrup)
1 cup water
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups hot water
1/3 cup butter, melted

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F.  Whisk the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, allspice, nutmeg and cardamom together in a bowl.  Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together until creamy.  Beat in the egg.  Mix the molasses and water together and then beaet that into the creamed butter, alternately with the flour mixture, beating only until blended.  Do not over beat.  Pour batter into an ungreased 13 by 9 inch baking pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over top.  Stir together the hot water and melted butter and carefully pour this over top of the batter.  Do not stur.  Bake for 40 to 55 minutes, or until the gingerbread looks all cracked on top and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Serve warm with some ice cream.  Delicious!!