…Or would you love some sophisticated gingerbread squares?

Oops! The time has come! I am going crazy. Last time, I introduced the autumn season, and now you have to find a Christmassy cake on my blog. Just like those grocery stores which have aisles filled with christmas treats at the beginning of September.  Normally, I smile at this craze and avoid buying christmas stuff until decemeber… or at least until November…No chance! At the end of September I nibbled on my first piece of christmas stollen and ate a handful of spiced biscuits. Though, I avoided the christmas aisles, I found myself in the kitchen baking my own pre-christmassy christmas cakes. Hey presto! There they were. A huge gingerbread cake and smaller gingerbread squares glazed with an orange and cinnamon frosting.

Would you like the gingerbread cake or the gingerbread squares?

These two creations are made out of the same dough. A simple dough with hazelnuts, candied fruits and those typical christmas spices (gingerbread spice and cloves). Just imagine this delicious flavour while baking it. It is better than any gingerbread flavoured candle. And this dough was super moist even after baking it. It is the first one I tried where you don’t need half a bottle of milk to flush it down.

…during my school days, for instance, I participated in an art project. In cooperation with an architecture class we had to build houses out of bone-dry gingerbread cakes. And I don’t mean those cute houses you create with your little ones and decorate with gummy bears.  No, they had to be as realistic as possible. At least that was the plan…

Oops,I got off the track. We won’t use this gingerbread cake to create works of art or buildings.  The only thing we will do is decorating it with edible decoartion. The cake will be topped with a snow-clad crown made of rosmary twigs and a few dried orange slices. And melted chocolate, star-shaped cinnamon biscuits and rosmary twigs will add some spice to the gingerbread squares. Yay! They look posh!

gingerbread squares with posh decoration

The small gingerbread cake

It’s about time. Here is the easy-peasy recipe for super moist gingerbread cake and the proper orange and cinnamon frosting. This will put you into the right mood for christmas:

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Gingerbread cake with orange and cinnamon frosting
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50-55 minutes
Servings
small cake (8 inch)
Ingredients
for the gingerbread dough:
For the frosting:
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50-55 minutes
Servings
small cake (8 inch)
Ingredients
for the gingerbread dough:
For the frosting:
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, candied fruits, hazelnuts, gingerbread spice, cloves, vanilla sugar, and baking powder).
  2. Add the fluid ingredients (milk, melted butter, honey, and eggs) and mix it well until everthing is well combined. Either use a whisk or your hand mixer.
  3. Preheat the oven to 356F (180°C) and line two 8 inch springform pans with parchment paper. Divide the dough into two equal portions and fill it into the springform pans. Bake it for 50 to 55 minutes.
  4. Let the cakes cool down, then cut it horizontally.
  5. To make the frosting, mix butter and powdered sugar until well combined. Then you can add the cream cheese. If cream cheese comes into direct contact with powdered sugar, it becomes runny.
  6. Juice the orange and add it gradually to the frosting. The amount of juice can vary. If the frosting looks to fluid sto adding juice. Instead use orange zests for a stronger orange flavour.
  7. Season the frosting with cinnamon and spread a good dollop of it onto your first cake layer. Put the next layer onto it and repeat the process until you used all your cake layers.
  8. Coat the cake with the remaining frosting and put it into the fridge until you serve it
Recipe Notes

Alternatively, this recipe creates 20 gingerbread squares.

Spread the dough onto a common baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake it for 20 minutes in a preheated oven (356F| 180°C).

Let the cake cool down before spreading the frosting onto it. Otherwise it become a runny mess. Cut the cake into 20 squares (or even more if you keep them small) and put them into the fridge until you serve them.

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So which version would you try?

Three gingerbread squares

Do you want those gingerbread squares?

gingerbread cake with orange and cinnamon frosting

Or do you want this cute little gingerbread cake?

With this in mind,

it’s never to early to get into Christmassy mood.