Gingerbread Tea Cake
- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 1⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup mild-flavored molasses
- 1 1⁄4 cups cold water
- powdered sugar
- fresh edible flower (optional)
- Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and cloves; set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until well combined. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add molasses; beat until well combined. Alternately add flour mixture and water to butter mixture; beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Serve warm sprinkled with powdered sugar and garnished with edible flowers, if you like.
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