Saturday, December 22, 2012

Chocolate–Ginger Cake With Bourbon Sauce (Martha Stewart)


Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 14
I must see Captain Benwick before I decide," said Lady Russell, smiling.
"And that you are very likely to do very soon, I can tell you, ma'am," said Charles. "Though he had not nerves for coming away with us, and setting off again afterwards to pay a formal visit here, he will make his way over to Kellynch one day by himself, you may depend on it. I told him the distance and the road, and I told him of the church's being so very well worth seeing; for as he has a taste for those sort of things, I thought that would be a good excuse, and he listened with all his understanding and soul; and I am sure from his manner that you will have him calling here soon. So, I give you notice, Lady Russell."
"Any acquaintance of Anne's will always be welcome to me," was Lady Russell's kind answer.
"Oh! as to being Anne's acquaintance," said Mary, "I think he is rather my acquaintance, for I have been seeing him every day this last fortnight."
"Well, as your joint acquaintance, then, I shall be very happy to see Captain Benwick."
"You will not find anything very agreeable in him, I assure you, ma'am. He is one of the dullest young men that ever lived.  He has walked with me, sometimes, from one end of the sands to the other, without saying a word. He is not at all a well-bred young man.  I am sure you will not like him."
"There we differ, Mary," said Anne.  "I think Lady Russell would like him. I think she would be so much pleased with his mind, that she would very soon see no deficiency in his manner."
"So do I, Anne," said Charles.  "I am sure Lady Russell would like him. He is just Lady Russell's sort.  Give him a book, and he will read all day long."

Chocolate–Ginger Cake With Bourbon Sauce (Martha Stewart)
Adapted from Martha Stewart .Com


½ cup unsalted butter, softened + some for pan
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup unsulfured molasses
¾ cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
¼ cup whole milk
2 tsp finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1 cup flour
¾ tsp baking soda
½  tsp coarse salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
20cm Bundt cake pan

For Bourbon sauce
½ cup unsalted butter
2 egg yolks
1 cup of dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup bourbon


1)      Preheat oven to 180°C & greased a 20 cm Bundt pan.  Dust with cocoa powder & tap out the excess . 
2)      In a sauce pan, combine butter, brown sugar, molasses & ¼ cup of water over medium low heat. Stir till butter melted & transfer it to a larger bowl. Let to cool for 5 mins.
3)      Add milk, eggs, & grated ginger into molasses mixture. Whisk to combine.  Sift cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon , flour & ground ginger. 
4)      Fold in gradually flour mixture into molasses mixture till well combined.  ( There should be some lumps remaining).  Pour batter into cake pan & bake for 30 mins. Let to cool on wire rack. 
5)      To make the bourbon sauce : Place butter,egg yolks, brown sugar & bourbon in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly till mixture 160degrees on a candy thermometer about 7 mins. Drizzle the sauce with a spoon over the cake or pour the warm sauce over the cake liked I did. Serve while its warm.

Submitting this post to Tea Time Treats hosted this month by  Kate of What Kate Baked & co-hosted with   Karen of Lavender & Lovage . This month's theme is my favorite of all, it's all about CHOCOLATE ! YUM

Can't help it but added some of this yummy cake batter in my favorite gingerbread man mould , just to make a couple of these cuties! :)


  1. Hi Kit, lovely cake and gorgeous presentation. Your chocolate ginger cake look yummlicious and the dripping sauce.... irresistible. Save 2 pieces for me, please. LOL
    Your little gingerman look superb & cute!

    Merry Christmas to you and all at home. With lots of love and hugs to you.

  2. That bourbon sauce looks delicious! i honestly would like to try the sauce and pour it over everything, it looks so good lol. Have a wonderful christmas with you family Kit and a Happy New Year!

  3. Hi Kit, this cake looks amazing! Perfect for the Christmas season. Wishing you a very wonderful holiday season :)

  4. Just Lovely dear and yummy!! Look beautiful Happy Christmas dear!xo

  5. This is a beautiful cake Kit. And your gingerbread man is very adorable. Merry Christmas to you and yr family :)

  6. Love the look of this cake and I really like the sauce poured over the top. Not much of a molasses girl but I could probably substitute golden syrup - what do you think?

    1. Thanks & glad that you like it. Yes, I think you can give it a try with golden syrup. Do let me know. Have a nice Sunday =)

  7. You're right, this really does look decadent! It's perfect for the festive season. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! :) x

  8. Kit,
    This is a lovely chocolate ginger cake. I never tried bourbon sauce before but yours look great. Must be really delish eating with the cake. Wish i can have a piece now..:p

    Ohh!! your ginger bread man is sooo cute!!
    Merry Christmas and
    Happy New Year to you and your family :)

    1. Dear Kit,
      It's me again.
      Congratulations! You have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award. You totally deserves it! A big bear hug to you :)

      Please come here to collect ya

  9. What a fabulously festive dessert! happy Chrstmas!

  10. Oh, your ginger cake is perfect for the holidays..especially with the lovely bourbon sauce! Merry, merry Christmas, my friend!!! Looking forward to more deliciousness from you in the coming year!

  11. Kit, the cake looks majestic! Love the generous sauce dripping off the cake, like lava :) Wishing you and family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  12. Hi Kit,
    Lovely cake! I love any bakes with liquor! Have not tried bourbon before! Your cake looks wonderful with the sauce over it, drizzled or poured, it looks yummy!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Wish you A Blessed and Happy New Year!

  13. Hi Kit,

    A barbie's skirt? LOL! Lena and you are so funny and imaginative!

    Like you, I have bookmarked lots of MS recipes but didn't have the time to bake them all. Hope to use this theme again.

    Love the gingerbread man cake the most... It looks just like my blog header and logo :D

    Merry Christmas and happy 2013 for you and your family.


  14. Bookmarked recipes ?! Tell me about it ! lol That ginger cake looks temptingly delicious , Kit ! Such a great centerpiece on the table for the holidays !

    Happy Holidays !!!

  15. How decadent and delicious! This looks amazing. Wishing you a very happy Christmas! :-)

  16. hi kit, that's a nice barbie skirt cake! LOL!!seriously, bourbon sauce sounds delicious, luckily you didnt burn the sauce, haha! here's wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year 2013!Cheers!

  17. Wow..I'm out for words. Simply wonderful and I like your setting with the acorns. Lovely.

  18. Merry Christmas Kit!

    Love the cake! Hope you enjoy the holidays too!

  19. Love the staging of these pics Kit! and the cake looks yummy. That little gingerbread man is too cute as well! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas, I'm sure it was filled with lots of delicious treats - hopefully some coconut ones to keep your husband happy! haha :)

  20. What a delicious warming winter dessert, thank you Kit for entering this into TTT!

  21. This looks a really stunning dessert - amazing!