Spicy Ginger Orange Cake

If you are planning on hosting a Christmas dinner sometime soon, here is a dessert that you would not want to miss.
Since I always enjoy baking for my kiddos and have them help around, today I had little Raphy, my 20 months old boy, help prepare our special festive Ginger Man Cake. Of course, it was messy, but he enjoyed it especially when I asked him to pour the ingredients into the bowl.


3 eggs
Orange and lemon zest
1/2 tablespoon ginger powder
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 teaspoon cloves in powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup soft brown sugar
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts or toasted almonds (whatever you prefer)

White icing for decoration


Beat the eggs along with the spices and vanilla until fluffy.
Add the sugar and continue mixing until sugar is well dissolved.
Pour in the oil.
Mix until well blended.
Add the juice.
Fold in the flour and baking powder.
Using a spetula mix in the pecans.
Pour the dough in a greased Wilton gingerbread man pan  and bake for around 40 minutes.


Once the cake cooled a bit I decorated it by using a ready made white icing tube.
The house smelled of cinnamon and ginger. Just the perfect gleeful odors of the season, and the cake turned out moist enough with a twinge of spice. A perfect combination.



Gingerbread Man and house recipe

With the holy season and merry festivities, the most wonderful part is to make recipes with our children. Here is an activity that children adore.

Gingerbread man and house
100 g butter
200 g soft brown sugar
6 TBS honey
550 g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon powder
3 tsp ginger powder
1 egg yolk lightly beaten
8 TBS milk

Heat the butter, honey, and sugar while mixing until well mixed and the sugar melts. Set aside until cool.

Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, and cinnamon powders.
Add the egg yolk and the honey mixture.

Knead into a fine dough.
Wrap with a cling wrap and let it rest in the fridge for around 40 minutes.
Spread some icing sugar on a flat area. Using a rolling pin, spread the dough and cut into the needed shapes.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

For the icing;
2 egg whites
500 g powdered sugar, sifted
1 TBS lemon juice
Cake decors

Beat the egg whites in a medium ball until frothy. Gradually beat in the sugar to make a thick frosting. Best in the lemon juice.

Assemble the house and have fun with your children.