So many German settlers carried their gingerbread treats to small towns around this country that the sweetly spiced cakes and cookies have become an all-American tradition. Coated with a chocolate ganache glaze, the homey cake of holidays past is transformed into a special-occasion dessert. This cake can be made vegan by using non-dairy margarine instead of butter and Rich's Whip instead of real whipping cream and ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips with exceptional results. You can also add raspberries to the top. Recipe is from Bon Appetit, Dec. 2002.