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Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cake

Blogger Cindy Ensley of Hungry Girl por Vida makes a chocolate chip-studded spicy gingerbread cake frosted with tangy cream cheese frosting.

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

Cake

2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all purpose flour
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon ground ginger
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon ground cardamom (seeds from about 4 whole pods)
1/2
teaspoon ground nutmeg (grated fresh nutmeg)
1/2
teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1/4
teaspoon ground cloves (about 3 whole cloves)
1/2
cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
2
tablespoons grated gingerroot
1/2
cup molasses
2
eggs
1/2
cup milk
2
teaspoons vanilla
3/4
cup chopped chocolate or chips

Frosting

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup unsalted butter, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4
cups powdered sugar

Topping

2
to 4 tablespoons miniature chocolate chips

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Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line 8-inch square pan with cooking parchment paper; grease paper well (especially the corners).
  • 2 Grind spices if using whole. In small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper and cloves; set aside.
  • 3 In bowl of stand electric mixer or in large bowl with hand-held electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup butter until creamy. Add brown sugar and grated gingerroot; beat about 3 minutes or until light and creamy. Scrape side and bottom of bowl; beat in molasses. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until completely combined and scraping bowl after each addition. (Batter may look curdled at this point, but that is okay.)
  • 4 Gently fold in half of the flour mixture; fold in milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Fold in remaining flour mixture until completely combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Scrape batter into pan; smooth top.
  • 5 Bake in center of oven 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 45 to 60 minutes.
  • 6 To make Frosting, in medium bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until combined and slightly fluffy. Spread frosting over cooled cake. Sprinkle with miniature chocolate chips.

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