Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Molasses-Gingerbread Cake with Mascarpone Cream

Wonderfully submitted by:  Guadalupe Lucio

Total Time: 1 hr 30 min.
Makes 9 servings


2 1/4 C all purpose flour
1 ¾ ground ginger
1 t cinnamon
1 ¾ t baking soda
½ t salt
¾ c plus 2 T canola oil
¾ c plus 2 T honey
2 eggs
1 t finely grated lemon zest
¾ boiling water

Orange Confit

1 orange, zest peeled with a vegetable peeler and sliced lengthwise into 1/8 strips
4 Cup water
½ Cup sugar

Mascarpone Cream

1 C mascarpone at room temp
¾ C heavy cream
¾ t finely grated orange zest
2 T confectioners’ sugar

1. Make the cake: preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour with the ground ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the canola oil with the brown sugar, molasses, honey, eggs and lemon zest until smooth. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined. Whisk in the boiling water. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean or a toothpick. Let cake rest on a rack for about 2 hours.

2. Make the orange confit: In a medium saucepan, combine the strips of orange zest with the water and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook over high heat until syrupy and the orange zest is soft, about 30 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate, discard the syrup or use as simple syrup for a cocktail.

3. Make the mascarpone cream: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer at med speed, beat the mascarpone with the cream, orange zest, confectioner’s sugar and salt until soft peaks form.

4. Cut the molasses cake into squares and transfer to a plate. Dollop with the cream on top and garnish with the orange confit.

The cake will keep for 2 days at room temperature wrapped in plastic wrap. The orange confit will keep for 3 days airtight at room temp.
**Thank You, Dear Friend, for submitting!-- River-Rose**

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness...decadence in Lent?? Looks marvelous!! yum! (love ANYthing with mascarpone in it!!)


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