Come Celebrate With Me! – Gingerbread Cranberry Cake

December 2, 2011 · 14 comments


Come celebrate with me! Let’s enjoy some cake together!

A few weeks ago my sweet boy went home to the spirits.  Paco was 18 years old, such a beautiful age.  So I decided let’s celebrate 18 beautiful years with cake.  I found fish pans even!  If you want to make a cake for him, I will share it on my blog! He would love all the cake, celebration, party, and all around fun!

The holidays make me happy, especially because we can add cranberries in everything we make!  A few weeks ago I made a stuffing with pumpkin and cranberries, it was a gluten free dish.  Today I made gingerbread with whole cranberries!

The fun part to this recipe, I included Chobani Greek Yogurt, and excluded eggs.  The cake came out so moist and fluffy!

The cranberry really compliments the gingerbread cake, with the sweet and tart flavors.  Hubby and I agreed that Paco would’ve loved the cake, even Ode’ the puppy agreed!  Paco always had to try what we were eating, he was kinda like our second puppy.

The Gingerbread Cranberry Cake recipe was adapted from Nigella Lawson.

Gingerbread Cranberry Cake
 
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A moist, fluffy cake that can make any heart happy!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16

Ingredients
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon raw pure honey
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole cranberries
  • Glaze
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsps almond milk
  • 1 pkg of vanilla sugar

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Grease Bundt pan with butter, and coat with thin layer of flour.
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter along with the sugar, honey, molasses, ginger, and cinnamon, let cool. Add the milk, Greek Yogurt, and baking soda in its water.
  4. Measure the flour out into a bowl and whisk in the liquid ingredients slowly, whisking until very well mixed (it will be a very liquid batter). Pour it into the pan and bake for 55 minutes until risen and firm. Be careful not to overcook it, as it is nicer a little stickier, and anyway it will carry on cooking as it cools.
  5. When cake is cool, add the icing. Whisk the almond milk into the powdered sugar, and vanilla sugar mixture. You want a good, thick icing, so go cautiously and be prepared not to add all the milk. Drizzle over the cake, and enjoy!

Notes
I will be sharing the cake in a bundt pan on Queen City Exclusive. This recipe can be made in a bundt pan, or a 9×13 pan. Be sure to cool melted butter mixture before adding the Greek yogurt and milk. I have discovered Greek yogurt can curdle at high temperatures. If you do not want to use Greek yogurt, you can use 2 eggs instead.

Remember, if you make a cake for Paco, let me know!

What is your favorite cake?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • http://www.roxanagreengirl.com/ Roxana GreenGirl

    aww, what a sweet gesture Terra. I know Paco would have loved the cakes.

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you for the sweet comment on my post for the gingerbread cakes for Paco! Hugs!

  • http://www.yummychunklet.wordpress.com Yummychunklet

    What fun cake pans!

  • http://mariscakes.blogspot.com/ Mari @ Mari’s Cakes

    I sorry for your lost. Paco was very cute.

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you for the sweet comment on my gingerbread cake post! It means so much:-) Hugs, Terra

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you for the sweet comment on my gingerbread cake post! It means so much:-) Hugs, Terra

  • http://chefpandita.com Yuri

    I lost Pucca [my first and only dog] when she was only 3 years old. That was 2 years ago, and I still haven’t been able to get another dog… I wish she could have lived a long happy life like Paco did. Such a nice gesture to bake these cakes in fish pans and sharing this story with us. I’m sure he’s very happy in cat heaven :)

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you Yuri for sharing a special part of your life, Pucca sounds like she was a very special soul.  When we lost my sweet dog Daisy to soon, she passed from Cancer, we said we would not get another dog.  Her loss was sudden, and very hard.  Then my dog Ode’ came into our lives.  She was a stray I found in the desert in Arizona.  So we say Ode’ found us, we didn’t find her.  I felt it was a gift from Daisy, she decided it was time for us to have another dog in our lives.  A sweet baby will come into your life when the time is right.  Sending love and hugs, Terra

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you Yuri for sharing a special part of your life, Pucca sounds like she was a very special soul.  When we lost my sweet dog Daisy to soon, she passed from Cancer, we said we would not get another dog.  Her loss was sudden, and very hard.  Then my dog Ode’ came into our lives.  She was a stray I found in the desert in Arizona.  So we say Ode’ found us, we didn’t find her.  I felt it was a gift from Daisy, she decided it was time for us to have another dog in our lives.  A sweet baby will come into your life when the time is right.  Sending love and hugs, Terra

  • Anonymous

    These little cakes sound perfect with some fresh hot coffee ;)

  • http://cupcakesandkale.blogspot.com jess

    i’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet paco.  it sounds like you hold some beautiful memories of your time with him.  xo.

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment about my sweet cat paco on my the gingerbread cake post! Paco was amazing, I miss him more everyday.  I continue to smile at the amazing memories I had with him, love those memories! Hugs, Terra

  • http://profiles.google.com/lizzy.do Lizzy Do

    Oh, those photos of Paco are so sweet…I know how you must miss him. I’m glad you could celebrate his life with these yummy cakes. 

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my gingerbread cake post!  Paco was amazing, I miss him soooo much.  My hubby and I decided Paco would’ve loved the cakes:-) Hugs, Terra

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