Tuesday, January 27, 2009

TWD: Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread


Some things are pretty darned awesome as-is. Others, well, get better with age. George Clooney, for one. Definitely better with age. Gingerbread is like the George Clooney of cakes and quickbreads. The day it's baked, you don't taste much of anything. It's the second and third days, when the ginger has permeated the whole thing, that things really get cooking. And your palms start sweating. Pulse racing. Oh wait. Fine, fine, back to the cake!


Even better? There are just so many ways to serve this cake. I know Dorie chose to enrobe it in a bittersweet chocolate glaze, but I needed something a little different. Whipped cream. Layer cakes filled with whipped cream. Cute little mini layer cakes, made with a round cookie cutter after baking the cake up in a pyrex. (Don't forget the sprinkles!)


What to do with all the scraps though? While I suggested little parfaits in wine tasting-sized wine glasses, the boyfriend had other ideas.


Cake scraps + whipped cream + spoon = perfect bite. Or at least in his mind, apparently. And while I got a funny photo of him trying to run and hide from the camera while devouring his bite, he complained so pathetically that I decided not to embarrass him on the blog :-P

Last Week: Pear Surprise Cake
Next Week: Korova Cookies (this will make the third time these things have made it onto the blog - think I like them?)

60 comments:

Marie said...

Ohh, I love your little baby cakes and I think this stuff layered with whipped cream sounds delicious!! I'm with the boy on this! I loved this recipe!

Snooky doodle said...

H a you re funny! :) This cake looks too good. I like the addition of whipped cream and how you used up the scraps :) yummy!!!

n.o.e said...

Oh, I bet this was good with whipped cream. The cakes are adorable, and I'm with the bf - just dig in!
Nancy

Cristine said...

What great variations!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

I love all of your variations! Nice work! (I ate the scraps!)

natalia said...

I like all your gingerbread ways !!

Pamela said...

Well, it was nice of you to save him the embarrassment. :o) The mini looks great and I love the sprinkles! I was going to make fresh whipped cream, but I started dreaming about George Clooney and it was all over for me.

vibi said...

Beautiful, Caitlin! I especially love the one you turned into a parfait! Lovely and sooo seasonal!

jillbert said...

I think this would be good with icing AND whipped cream AND George Clooney by my side!

Sabrina said...

Oh you are so cute! Love your inventive ideas! :)

Tracey said...

You're always so creative! All of your ideas look delicious!

Gabe's Girl said...

yes, very creative. you know, i read somewhere to use spoons like that with cheesecake and use them as bite-sized desserts for tappas parties. i love the whipped cream touch!

leanne said...

Love your parfaits layered with whipped cream. YUM

chocolatechic said...

Awwwhhhh

I want to see his picture.

Your cakes look wonderful.

MacDuff said...

SO FUNNY - I had George on the mind too this week.

Your cake looks lovely, and I think I'd probably go your route and skip the chocolate, too. Beautiful post!

rainbowbrown said...

Ooh, ooh!! I agree. About George Clooney. Definitely better with age. Isn't just the bees knees? I like him. I like him in Cohen Brothers movies. Did you see Burn After Reading? He's so cool. Maybe I should have a George Clooney marathon.

I bet that candid shot of hidey mchiderson is pretty funny. Oh well. Love the whipped cream idea.

Jodie said...

Very fun, but do try it with the chocolate, it's SO good!

Jules Someone said...

Very nice looking. I think whipped cream would have been a nice addition.

Karen said...

Cute! I love the different ways you presented your gingerbread. Yum!

Flourchild said...

Yum your ginger bread looks so tasty. I love the frosted one with sprinkles..nice job!

pinkstripes said...

Love your mini-cake. I'm with your boyfriend. Just give me a spoon.

Banjo said...

Ha yes just like George Clooney, the cake got better with age! Love your creativeness with the cake :)

Melissa said...

Yum yum yum! LOVE your mini cakes. They are so cute! Sprinkles make life so much better, don't they?

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

I love the parfait/trifle angle! So creative!

Teanna said...

LOVE the gingerbread parfait! Ha! Super cute! And I think George Clooney would be honored to be compared to your delicious gingerbread!

kim said...

the mini cakes are so adorable :) great idea! i agree, this cake was definitely clooney-esque ;)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

lots of great ways to enjoy this one!!

Tammy said...

I love the parfaits. Whipped cream would be the perfect thing to go with this cake!

Natashya said...

Love all of your creative variations! We really liked this recipe too.
Hubby often warns me, "I had better not read this on your post!" when he does or says something I find funny. Hee, hee, hee.

bakingwiththeboys said...

My mom suggested whipped cream over the icing. So, I am sure this was a great combo. George Clooney is aging well, isn't he?

Kayte said...

Outstanding. You win this week. Hands down, you win. Great job.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Oh man, whipped cream on George Clooney ... mmmmmm ... tasty ... oh wait, that's not what we're discussing here. Your gingerbread looks fantastic in all it's forms! Fantastic job!

Di said...

Whipped cream looks like a great topping. And as usual, I love your minis.

Peggy said...

very creative girl. You always put me to shame. :)

Carol Peterman said...

The parfait looks so delicious. Now I want to make this again and top it with whipped cream.

Lauren said...

I love the parfait thing, so tempting. And George C. agree, better aged.

Megan said...

You and the sprinkles = true love.

I still have the small batch chocolate cake recipe from your blog. The kids loved it, it made 2 perfect cakes. Please do another one, only this time with vanilla. my math stinks, so I can't possibly make it come out right.

spatulascorkscrews said...

Those Gingerbread Parfaits look absolutely scrumptious! Why didn't I think of that?

TeaLady said...

Little circles of yum! Yours are cute. I made parfaits too. Just right. This was good.

The Food Librarian said...

So cute! I love your trifle and mini cake, and George Clooney. Oh, that gray hair coming in makes me fall off my chair.

farah said...

I've been reading your blog for a while now and you are very creative with your recipes, well done cos it looks delicious! I like the idea of the whipped cream to lighten the taste of the gingerbread. And the sprinkles are adorable too!!

Lynnylu said...

Looks great! I love all the variations on the chocolate ginger cake. Such creativity!

somethingsweetbykaren said...

you're right, gingerbread is so much better as it ages. george clooney doesn't do it for me, but i can appreciate. jared leto, though... now we're talkin'!!

kittymama said...

I thought the whole point of a blog was to embarrass yourself and your family members....hmmmm, I better re-think this blogging thing...LOL!
The trifle and the mini layer cakes look deelish.

spike. said...

so many variations! Looking forward to trying them next time

Liliana said...

What a great idea! Your gingerbread looks divine. You're so creative! That's why I gave your an award! Come and visit and pick it up.

Madam Chow said...

I love the parfait idea. Pretty, and a good excuse to get more cream into my diet.

Amanda said...

I'm absolutley stealing your parfait idea! I need to use up the large cake for bookclub. My mini-heart cakes went fast. It was delicious!

Leslie said...

As soon as I saw your layered minis I wanted to make this one again! Brilliant! Love the shot of the spoon!

Cakelaw said...

Awww, this is so cute!!! A great way to dress up your gingerbread.

NQN said...

Hehe I do agree George Clooney and gingerbread is indeed better with time! I remember seeing in in the 80s and he just wasn't fully hatched then it seemed ;)

Y said...

Mmm.. George Clooney and gingerbread.... I'm liking the combination already! ;)

Judy said...

The parfait looks so good. What a great use for the gingerbread!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Lovely little gingerbread cakes! Great work as always.

Jess said...

Once again, cute miniatures! I think I like the color contrast with the whipped cream better than the chocolate icing look. Glad you've got some World Peace Cookie experience under your belt...I have also made them before, but I might have to try that peanut butter variation you posted about a while back...

April said...

Cute little cakes, everyone needs sprinkles now and then. I like the idea of the whipped cream, I bet it tasted great.

jessbcuz said...

yep.. i thought this cake needed whip cream too! love the parfait idea.

Katrina said...

Love them! Yum! Mine cake is all gone, so I'll take a bite! ;)

LyB said...

George Clooney, yes, this was definitely the George Clooney of cakes. :)

Jaime said...

wow i love all the variations you did with this!