nutty gingerbread snack cake (one bowl easy)
recipe from vanillasugarblog.com
12 TB unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, room temp
½ cup molasses
½ cup whole milk or light cream
1 cake flour
1 cup flour
1 ts baking powder
¾ ts sea salt
1 ½ ts clove
1 ts cinnamon
2 ts ginger powder
½ cup chopped pecans
2-3 handfuls of cinnamon chips
coarse sugar, for sprinkling on top (optional)
2 TB very soft unsalted butter
½ ts sea salt
¼ cup molasses
½ confectioners sugar
The glaze is very sweet! You only need a little bit. I made way too much, so maybe go ahead and HALF the ingredients.
This glaze was made on a whim, so I didn't have to time to re-do it with smaller amounts.
If you don't half it, it will keep in the fridge for at least a week, just fine--mine did--just make sure to cover and seal it well before storing in fridge.
I used one bowl for all this (except the glaze), if you feel more comfortable using a mixer then please go ahead.
I also mixed mine by hand.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Grease with butter or spray with non stick spray an 8 or 9-inch cake pan.
In one large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, egg and egg yolk well.
Add in the molasses and milk and mix well. Dump in: both flours, baking powder, salt, all the spices, and mix until JUST combined.
No need to overmix here-- lumps are good.
Then add in the nuts and cinnamon chips and mix using 4-5 strokes. No more!
Pour batter into prepared cake pan, sprinkle on with the coarse sugar, bake about 25-30 minutes or until the middle is set and not jiggly.
You can use the cake tester method too. It’s a light batter, so it will bake up fast; please check it at the 23-minute mark.
While cake is cooling in pan, make the glaze, by combining all the ingredients in a medium bowl; mixing by hand or with a hand mixer until the lumps are gone.
I waited until the cake was completely cooled to glaze it.
If you do glaze it while cake is still hot, the glaze will just melt into the cake and look ugly.