Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Hey there!  Tell me this picture doesn’t have you drooling…  Who doesn’t love a Chocolate Cake?  But can you even imagine a Chocolate Gingerbread Cake?  Does that sounds amazing or what?  But that’s not all… this cake if finished off with a Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting.  Aren’t you impressed?  Can you believe I whipped this up and baked such a beautiful layer cake?  Don’t you just want to dip your finger into that gorgeous Cream Cheese Frosting?  I know I do!

Ha!  You all know I’m  incapable of baking something like this.  This beautiful Chocolate Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting (the name alone makes me drool) was baked special for me by Nancy, one of our Sunday Supper Contributors, from Gotta Get Baked.  Nancy is an amazingly talented baker and her site is filled with the most amazing recipes.  I love to go there just to be inspired (not that I could ever bake anything like this.)

When I received her recipe with her beautiful post, I smiled… you see, she said that I am her hero.  Little does she know that she is my hero.  When I see the beautiful recipes she develops and bakes, I am just in awe!  But I have to admit, her admiration went to my head.  I had to show it to my kids and tell them “See, finally I am someone’s hero!”

Thank you Nancy!  I am honored to have your beautiful recipe featured today.

Hi everyone!  I’m Nancy of Gotta Get Baked.  Isabel is my foodie/blogger hero.  I’ve spoken about her many times on my blog and there’s good reason why she takes up so much real estate in my posts.  I only started blogging in June of 2012.  I had no idea what I was doing (I still don’t, really), technologically or otherwise.  All I knew was that I love to bake and I love to write so why not combine the two into one project?  This was something that I started because I needed a creative outlet but I had no idea if anyone would care about what I had to say.

Isabel is one of the first bloggers who reached out to me when I was a complete newbie.  I hadn’t even published that many posts when this incredibly generous and warm-spirited woman introduced herself and suggested that I join her Sunday Supper group.  I had no idea what Sunday Supper was about but I was thrilled to be making an actual connection with a human being in the blogging community.  When I started looking into Sunday Supper, I realized what a perfect fit it was for me – I loved the spirit and intention behind Sunday Supper.  It took me awhile to really dive in, mostly due to fear of not knowing what I was doing, but boy am I glad I did.  It’s opened up a whole new world to me, full of supportive and open-minded bloggers who all bring different voices, perspectives and dishes to the online foodie community.

Isabel recently reached out to our Sunday Supper family for gingerbread recipes.  Now, obviously, with a name like Gotta Get Baked, I am a dessert junkie and I eagerly volunteered to make something with one of my favorite holiday flavors.  I wanted something big, bold, and decadent for my dear friend, Isabel, so I decided on a layer cake.  Not just any layer cake – a chocolate gingerbread layer cake studded with chopped candied ginger and frosted with an eggnog cream cheese icing.

This is Christmas in cake form, people. If you shoved Santa Clause, children’s laughter, cold snowy days and magic into a dessert, this is what you would get.  And not only was it an absolute delight to eat, it was super easy to make.

Isabel, thanks so much for having me over!  It was a lot of fun thinking up something delicious and indulgent for you and your readers.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

Wow, this cake is gorgeous and all the flavors together sound amazing!! Total Christmas, I love it!!


Sarah December 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

I never would have imagined this woderful flavor combination in my little baking mind no matter how hard I tried. You my friend Nancy, are a baking genius! Now give me some cake! Please?


FamilyFoodie December 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

Nancy completely blew me away with this amazing creation! I can’t wait to try it myself… although I am sure it will look nothing like this!


Sunithi December 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

WOW !! i smelled your cake via triberr and headed over. Gingerbread & Cream cheese frosting are my favorite & it has rum … Yumm ! Pretty sure i won’t be able to bake such a fancy creation, but I can feast my eyes on it !


Tom @ Waegook Tom December 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I have to admit, I don’t want to dip my finger into that frosting – I want to plant MY WHOLE FACE right into it. Seriously, this sounds amazing. I’m not sure if my family has any bakers skilled enough to pull this off (my cakes are disastrous)…chocolate gingerbread…my tummy is rumbling! Time for breakfast.

Cake, perhaps?


Brandi December 5, 2012 at 2:25 am

Hi Nancy! I’ve recently started following your blog and enjoy it because I too am a big baker and love it! This cake looks really delicious…I’m going to have to check out Sweet Savory Life since you reference back to it. Sounds so delicious! I love the addition of molasses and chocolate as well and recently made some cookies with those flavors. Fabulous combo!! Great post :)


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen December 5, 2012 at 6:24 am

Wow, this cake is fa.bu.lous! The flavors I love, with the candied ginger and eggnog frosting. What a perfect cake to blow everyone´s holiday minds away! Love to see Nancy here, she´s such a sweet!


Renee December 5, 2012 at 7:58 am

Okay…I must bake this cake. It is the perfect combination for me and my husband. I love chocolate. He loves gingerbread. Then the decadent frosting sounds so incredible I might have to make a double batch just so I can eat some with a spoon. Yep, I would. Oh my heavens.


Nancy @ gottagetbaked December 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Isabel, thanks once again for allowing me to guest post. I LOVE your intro to my post – it’s so cute that you showed your kids that someone thinks you’re a hero. All you have to do is count how many members there are in the Sunday Supper club and I can guarantee that they all feel the same way I do. Like I said, I had a lot of fun thinking up something deliciously decadent for you and then baking it (and then eating it, lol!). If we lived close to each other, I totally would’ve shown up at your door with this cake. And thanks for everyone’s lovely comments – they’ve really made my day :)


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom December 6, 2012 at 12:27 am

Isabel and Nancy, I LOVE this post!!!! and Nancy, I echo what everyone has said here. . this recipe is FABULOUS!!! WOW. What an extraordinary recipe! Love this so much!


Mary @ Fit and Fed December 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

I love all the various flavors in this cake and frosting. Three kinds of ginger and too many spices to list, perfect for the holidays!


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