Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Continuing with my new found love of tray bakes, the next cake I tried from Cake Keeper Cakes was Chocolate Gingerbread. Push any milk chocolate, sickly, children’s party tray bake out of your head immediately, this cake is mature, classy and fiery. As I said in my post ‘Maple Gingerbread Cake’, this reminds me of one of my favourite series of books ‘The Gingerbread Cafe trilogy – Rebecca Raisin‘ (oh the life envy I have of Lily, one of the central characters, in fact I’m pretty sure this cake would have been one of Lily’s favourites, she too was classy and fiery).

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

I’m pretty excited to tweak this cake and swap the treacle for golden syrup, perhaps a little less black pepper in that one as golden syrup isn’t as intense as treacle (yes, you heard right, black pepper!), maybe some fresh ginger too or more coffee…

This one if definitely for the adults and chocoholics of a ginger persuasion (i.e. me), my mum was a huge fan of this cake.

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Maple Gingerbread Cake

This cake had me at the title. Maple and ginger are two of my favourite flavours, I love what I consider to be Autumn flavours (and Christmas flavours… and Spring flavours…). The way I found this recipe though was exciting too (exciting for me…and probably exceptionally dull for anyone else); it is no secret that I LOVE bundt cake tins and Nordic Ware released a new one that I am in love with. I keep trying to track it down in the UK but it is impossible and they cost double here compared with the USA. During a session of bundt related internet trawling I found an article (which I wish I could find again) that recommended a book that contained no less than 20 bundt cake recipes, 20!! What I didn’t expect was that the book, Cake Keeper Cakes, came with 80 other amazing cakes recipes too. I vowed to work my way through the book and began with the tray bake section, I’ve never made many tray bakes and was attracted by the every-day-ness of them; I can’t explain it but I was and I rushed out to buy an 8 inch square cake tin and begin the journey.


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Lemon, rosemary and chicken tray bake

Flavour of the week: Rosemary, possibly my third favourite herb and a must on roast potatoes in my opinion and always paired with lemon, they make for such a great couple.

Still Reading: Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin, I’m  not even a quarter of the way in and completely hooked. This is compulsory reading in schools in America and is an incredibly brave task to have undertaken.

To the task at hand, the tray bake; it is the ultimate lazy Sunday roast, you put it all in at the same time in the same dish for an hour and check on it once or twice. If you’re out for the day prepare it in the morning or the night before and just pop it in the oven when you get home and a tasty roast will be on your dinner table an hour later.  Continue reading