Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Give the Gift of Gingerbread - Blog Hop & Giveaway!


Today I am part of a fun blog hop and giveaway!
You can see 20 gingerbread themed recipes and all the fabulous prizes below.

 My recipe is this Chocolate Gingerbread Cake. 

I decided to put a tasty twist on classic gingerbread by mixing it with chocolate.
The two flavors together are a fantastic combination!

Top it with cream cheese frosting and decorate it with chocolate gingerbread men,
and you have one fantastic Christmas cake!




Chocolate Gingerbread Cake


by Bird On A Cake
Ingredients
Chocolate Gingerbread Cake
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
Chocolate Gingerbread Cake
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of two 9 inch cake pans with wax paper; grease the sides of the pans. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars. Mix in the oil and molasses. Add the eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. In another bowl, mix the boiling water with the cocoa powder. Alternate adding the dry mixture and wet mixture to the batter until well combined. Pour your batter in the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the vanilla. Gradually mix in the confectioners' sugar. Spread over cooled cake.

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  To make the gingerbread men, I used a silicon mold and melted chocolate.
First, I filled in the eyes, mouth and buttons with white chocolate.



 Then, I filled in the whole cavity with chocolate.



 After these little guys set up, gently push on the other side of the mold until they pop out.
Then press them into the frosting around your cake.
 

 Give the Gift of Gingerbread
Blog Hop and Giveaway


Use the links below to hop from blog to blog
to see these wonderful gingerbread themed recipes:



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The Give the Gift of Gingerbread Giveaway will run from December 11 through December 17, 2013. Entrants must be US residents, 18 years or older Void where prohibited by law. 
Enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below. 
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36 comments:

  1. Love the chocolate gingerbread men - so cute!

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  2. Your cake looks delicious!! and pretty!

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  3. I too enjoy the flavor combination of chocolate and gingerbread. Your gingerbread men decorations really add a nice touch to the homemade cake. I used that gingerbread mold too and love it. Silicone molds are so easy to use, especially when making chocolates. Thanks for joining in on the gingerbread fun!

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings

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  4. Cute cake! Gingerbread men are my favorite holiday treat.

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  5. This cake sounds delicious and your cute gingerbread men send it over-the-top, :)

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  6. That is just too sweet, with the gingerbread men!

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  7. I love your chocolate gingerbread men! What a neat idea!

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  8. this cake looks easy enough for even me to do ! lol love the chocolate gingerbread :) happy to join you and the others on this gingerbread fun Beth and Jill brought together :)

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  9. Love That Cake jane- clawd1a@hotmail.com

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  10. wow…great recipe and an awesome giveaway

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  11. How cute! Love that idea. And what a fun giveaway. thanks.

    -lauren becker

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  12. that cake would be a hit at any party, love their little faces :)

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  13. Oh my goodness, I LOVE gingerbread and chocolate together! This recipe and cake sounds delicious!! And I love that you added the little gingerbread men around the side!

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  14. This cakes sounds amazing gingerbread and chocolate, yummy! What a cute idea to decorate it with gingerbread people!

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  15. Awesome giveaway. Adorable gingerbread men and women!

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  16. Love it! I've got to make these with the kids.

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  17. My daughters favorite flavor is Gingerbread too bad I already had a cake in the oven or this year it would have been Chocolate Gingerbread. Your cake looks awesome.

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  18. I so love your blog & would love to win a prize.

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  19. Love to droll over all your pretty ideas. Such talent!!!

    Charlotte Moore

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  20. Count me in! I love to bake; so I am crossing fingers and toes, and wishing on a star, in hopes of winning all these amazing goodies!... Merry Christmas!

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  21. I have never tried chocolate gingerbread ... it must happen soon! Love the gingerbread boys on the sides :)

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  22. love the cake, i might attempt this GF

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  23. Love your Gingerbread Chocolate cake! Yum!

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  24. Your Gingerbread Cake is so pretty! =)
    Happy Holidays!

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  25. That has to be one of the most adorable cakes I've ever seen; so clever and also looks yummy!
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    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the Rafflecopter}

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  26. Adorable cake. Merry Christmas!!

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  27. So cute and perfect for any holiday party!

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  28. This cake is adorable! And sounds tasty too!

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  29. Oh my, I just discovered your blog and am tickled pink. This cake sounds yummy and one I could make. Thank you for your detailed instructions, especially where to buy and how to make the chocolate gingerbread men decorations.

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  30. What a fun recipe and awesome giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. What a cool cake! Also a wonderful giveaway!

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