02 April 2011

Weekend Cooking: Chocolate Ginger Cake

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One of the problems joys of being known as a good baker is that you are often asked to bring dessert when friends invite you for dinner. This chocolate spice cake is easy to make and is perfect for a small, casual get-together.

I clipped this recipe from a food magazine years ago but forgot to write down the exact source. Enjoy.

Chocolate Ginger Cake
8 servings
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with 1 1/2-inch-high sides with vegetable oil spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment.

Sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk juice, oil, and vinegar in a medium bowl to blend. Add to the dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Using a spatula, smooth the top.

Bake until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool.

Using a knife, loosen the sides of the cake from the pan, invert, remove the parchment, and place right-side-up on a serving platter. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into wedges.

I'll sprinkle this with powdered sugar later, and I plan to serve it with sliced strawberries and whipped cream.

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Marg 4/2/11, 6:27 AM  

Sounds delicious!

I am going to have to do something about getting my oven mixed so I can try some of the delicious recipes that people have been putting up.

Sorry about double comment. Previous one was in my son's name!

Chinoiseries 4/2/11, 6:27 AM  

Chocolate and ginger, mmm, sounds like a very tasty combination, although I haven't tasted it before myself. Would a chocolate icing add anything to this warming cake? Though I wouldn't say no to icing sugar, whipped cream & strawberries ;)

Julie P. 4/2/11, 7:15 AM  

Sounds good and I like that it makes a smaller cake. All too often I'm left with big ones and either end up eating the entire cake or pitching it. Either way -- not good.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 4/2/11, 7:51 AM  

So, what time can I expect you to be ringing the doorbell with that cake (and whipped cream and strawberries) in hand!?

Yum! A great combination. Just the ingredients - the pic of all the spices in dishes - is enticing.

caite 4/2/11, 8:00 AM  

{{pushing Dawn aside at the door...}}

That looks great, and I assume it is, right, or you would not be giving us the recipe? lol

Beth F 4/2/11, 8:08 AM  

I have a weakness for spice cakes of all kinds. One of the things I love about this one is that, like Julie mentions, it makes a small cake so there are aren't days of leftovers. It's lovely with just the powdered sugar -- the whipped cream, though is pretty and tasty.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 4/2/11, 8:40 AM  

Never had ginger and chocolate together but it sounds (and looks) delicious, especially with some strawberries!

bermudaonion 4/2/11, 9:18 AM  

Chocolate and ginger sound like a wonderful combination. I love that this is just a single layer cake. I may have to give this one a try.

Tricia 4/2/11, 9:19 AM  

Yay! A vegan cake. I'm definitely going to be trying this one. Thanks!

Heather 4/2/11, 9:33 AM  

I just went and turned on my oven. I am going to make this cake right now. Will post later how it turns out.

Chrisbookarama 4/2/11, 9:52 AM  

I love ginger cake. I never had it with chocolate though.

Rikki 4/2/11, 10:15 AM  

Oh, this sounds yummy. And the strawberries are the icing on the cake, so to speak.

Anonymous,  4/2/11, 10:16 AM  


Col (Col Reads) 4/2/11, 10:18 AM  

What a great idea -- I never thought about putting chocolate with ginger!

Beth F 4/2/11, 10:54 AM  

There is a candy store we go to in Maine that makes crystallized ginger dipped in dark chocolate. Heaven!!

Margot 4/2/11, 11:05 AM  

As others have said, I like the idea of ginger and chocolate together. I'm curious enough to give it a try. I also like having a handy cake recipe that I can easily fix as a take along dish. It helps if it's something unique like this one. Thanks for sharing.

Nan 4/2/11, 11:35 AM  

I've heard of chocolate and cinnamon together but not ginger. Very interesting. And apple cider vinegar? Maybe I'd leave that out. ;<) I've saved it and will definitely make this cake. Thanks, Beth. No special cooking to share this weekend, so I'll just go and read everyone else's.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 4/2/11, 11:41 AM  

That sounds yummy. I love ginger but haven't tried it with chocolate. I'm not the family baker but I think I could successfully make this one.

Joy Weese Moll 4/2/11, 11:42 AM  

This looks delicious! And not too decadent for a cake. A nice treat!

Ikkin-bot 4/2/11, 1:52 PM  

I love all ginger foods . . . pretty much. I don't love ginger tea.

Robin M 4/2/11, 3:28 PM  

My mouth is watering now. Will have to try this.

Swapna 4/2/11, 3:44 PM  

Yum - looks great!

TheBookGirl 4/2/11, 5:52 PM  

I don't think that I've ever had a cake that combines ginger and chocolate; it sounds like a yummy combination though.
I appreciate that it is vegan :)

Meg @ A Bookish Affair 4/2/11, 9:24 PM  

Ginger is one of my favorite flavors! I'm going to have to store this recipe for later.

A Bookish Affair

Julie Goucher 4/3/11, 8:44 AM  

A late posting from me this week, I am not sure where the weekend vanishes too?

This looks an interesting recipe, saving for later!

Jesse 4/3/11, 8:45 AM  

This sounds good, but I don't really like ginger :( Crazy, I know!

I will say, that picture of strawberries is killing me! I really some sweet, Louisiana strawberries! Lol

Beth Hoffman 4/3/11, 10:54 AM  

Oh, I love the combination of ginger and chocolate. This sounds great, and if I substitute almond four I can make it gluten-free too! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Rebecca Rasmussen 4/3/11, 4:48 PM  

Oh Wow -- this looks fabulous! I want one of my very own...now :)

Zibilee 4/3/11, 7:35 PM  

I always end up bringing the dessert as well. I wanted to let you know that I bought a copy of that pie book you featured a few weeks ago. I have yet to make a pie from it, but the photos are gorgeous, and a little intimidating!

BookGeek 4/5/11, 12:45 PM  

Love ginger and never thought about combining it with chocolate. I am going to have to try making this sometime this week :)

Janice 4/6/11, 7:26 PM  

I am searching over the internet of a recipe that I might cook this weekend and viola! I found this one. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle 4/8/11, 7:44 AM  

I really need to infuse more ginger in my diet. It's supposed to be good for the tummy. :)

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