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This Christmas Cake Gingerbread is just a perfect execution of the ultra-classic Christmas cake. And I have the recipe here.
Unless you can read Polish, her blog is a mystery. She’s busy translating some of her blog into English, but this pretty cake isn’t in the English section.
Inspired by pretty pictures, & loving the smell of gingerbread fills my house during the holidays, I took the effort to get her recipe translated into English, so we can all share in the fun, if we are so inclined. I’m sure this is a pretty standard recipe that may even have been translated from English into Polish in the first place, but alah.
I. Making the Cake
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of sugar
- 150ml brewed coffee (6/10 cup)
- 500g plain flour (4 cups)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 package gingerbread spice
- a bit of spice to coffee and desserts
- 1 / 2 cup of honey
Optional: add any dried fruit you like.
Gingerbread Baking Instructions
Whisk the eggs with the sugar to a fluffy, bright mass. Add the cooled coffee and mix again. Add the flour, baking soda and ginger spice in bits at a time while mixing. Add the honey and mix till evenly spread. Pour the dough into greased and floured cake mold. Bake your gingerbread cake at 180C for about an hour.
II. Making the Icing
250g margarine (2 1\4 sticks)
80g – 100g plain flour (3/4 of a cup)
50ml water (1/5 of a cup)
rum essence / aroma (oil)
400g icing sugar (3 2/3 cups)
red and green food coloring
Melt margarine over medium heat. Not removing from heat, add the flour and water. Mix all in a uniform dense mass. Finally, add oil and stir again. Set aside to cool mass. Once is cool add to it gradually and train the powdered sugar for a smooth icing.
Tip: store your cake in the refrigerator! Also store any leftover sugar icing in a bag in the refrigerator.
Tip: You can add food coloring, favorite cake flavors & extracts, or even a bit of alcohol to your icing.
Once the cake is cooled, cover it with the white colored coat of icing. Add a bit of red food coloring to enough icing to make the 3 cherries. Add them on top of your cake. Now add a bit of green food coloring to enough icing to make the three holly leaves. Place the holly around the cherries.
Image credit: justmydelicious.com/2011/12/swiateczny-piernik.html
Recipe adjustments, measurements conversion & translation: http://www.FineCraftGuild.com