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December is such a fun month to bake, and people are seriously BRINGING IT this year with their holiday posts! Scroll down to the bottom for Sofra's Gingerbread from the new book Soframiz too, which is killer. Happy Holidays, All!
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adapted from Soframiz
makes one 9x13-inch cake, about 24 servings
Sofra's book is full of middle eastern sweet and savory treats, but since it's the holidays and all, I made the gorgeous deep-dark gingerbread first that uses a full (bold!) 1/4 cup of ground ginger, hello spice!
1 cup stout
1 1/2 cups molasses
1/4 cup plus one tablespoon brewed coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup brewed coffee
In a large saucepan, combine the stout, molasses, and coffee. Bring to a boil, whisking to combine. Take the pan off of the heat and quickly whisk in the baking soda. The mixture will rise rapidly in the pot. Set aside until cooled and bubbles have subsided.
Preheat the oven to 350ªF. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Combine the sugars in a separate bowl.
Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whisk the eggs on medium, slowly adding the sugars. Increase to high and whisk until pale and tripled in volume, about 7 minutes. Lower the speed and slowly pour in the canola oil and whisk another minute. Add the cooled stout mixture and whip until fully combined. Add the flour, increase the speed to medium, and beat until smooth, about 1 minute.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes.
To make the glaze, combine the confectioner's sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl. Whisk the coffee until smooth.
Once the cake is cooled, spread an even layer of the glaze over the top of the cake. Cut into 2-inch pieces. The cake will keep at room temperature for 4 days.