Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
This lovely recipe is from "The Great Scandinavian Baking Book" by Beatrice Ojakangas.
- 1 cup guinness extra stout beer or 1 cup other dark beer
- 1 cup light molasses
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons ground ginger
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 3 large eggs
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 3⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3⁄4 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
- 2 cups powdered sugar
For top of cake
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour three 8-inch pans. Bring beer and molasses to boil in a heavy medium-size non-reactive saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat and add baking soda. Let it stand about 1 hour until cool.
- Whisk flour and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl until blended. Whisk eggs and both sugars in another bowl until blended. Whisk in oil, then stout mixture. Gradually whisk liquid mixture into dry mixture. Stir in fresh ginger.
- Divide mixture evenly between the 3 cake pans and level tops. Bake until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pans for 14 minutes, then invert onto cooling racks and allow to cool completely. (Cakes can be made 1 day ahead of serving, wrapped securely. Or wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then put into plastic zip-top bags and cool until ready to use.).
- For frosting:.
- Use electric mixer to beat cream cheese, butter, and orange peel in a large bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Chill 30 minutes before frosting cake. Decorate with candied ginger arranged in a circle at top edge of cake.
This was a terrific hit at Christmas Dinner.
I made this for my dad's birthday and it was fantastic. The cake itself was nice and moist, and it was definitely gingery (though I actually added an extra tablespoon of powdered ginger because my dad loves it so much). The frosting was delicious, and I really liked it in combination with the ginger cake. I made a 3/4 recipe of the frosting, as it looked like it would make a lot, and it was (barely) enough to cover the whole cake thinly. I would probably just make a full recipe if I make it again. To decorate, I cut the candied ginger into thin slices and then used a tiny cookie cutter to cut little flowers to put on top. All in all, a great cake, everyone loved it.