Dark Gingerbread Bundt Cake Recipe

I was looking for a gingerbread cake recipe to make with peach ice cream and when I came across this recipe I Googled no further. Chocolate and gingerbread? Sign me up!

2 1/2 cups all Purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 eggs
1 cup molasses
2/3 cup oil
1 cup water
powdered sugar — if desired

Heat oven to 350 degrees f. Spray 12 cup Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray; sprinkle with flour.

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; mix well.

In medium bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add molasses and oil; beat well. Stir in water. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; beat just until combined. Pour batter into sprayed and floured pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert on serving plate. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled. Just before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Production Notes:

I made this cake twice: Once with chicken eggs and once with duck eggs. The duck egg cake had crispier outer crust and was denser and richer. I like duck eggs, I need a duck! Although, if you can’t get duck eggs, the chicken eggs also make a tasty, tasty cake.

I also added twice the spice for cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves because nobody ever adds enough spices. It’s true! Plus I like a lot of spice. I did this for both cake iterations.

For the record; the old fashion method of Crisco and flouring works much better than the new fangled spray oil and flouring. There’s something to be said for traditional techniques.

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