deeply …

Can you smell it?

Ginger, molasses and cinnamon  – the quintessential aroma of warmth, coziness and home.

We’re baking gingerbread cake today.

Grease and flour a 9 in. square pan.

Whisk together

* 2 1/4 cups flour

* 1/4 cup granulated sugar

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

* 1 teaspoon cinnamon

* 1/4 teaspoon each cloves and nutmeg

Melt 1/2 cup butter in a 1 cup measuring cup.

Pour 3/4 cup molasses using the same measuring cup – much easier pouring.

Blend molasses and butter.

Beat 1/4 cup water with 1 large egg.

I had a lovely farm-fresh brown egg.

Someone left them in our car at church last Sunday evening ~ with the word EGGS traced on our snow-covered windshield. šŸ™‚

Add egg mixture to the molasses/butter,

and then blend in 1 cup buttermilk.

Add liquids to flour/spice mixture and beat until smooth.

I added some bits of crystallized ginger to the batter. I think next time I’ll try raisins instead.

Pour into pan and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Mmm mm, delicious!

This moist, spicy cake is easy to make,

stores well,

and is good with a dollop of whipped cream

or split and spread with sweet butter.


with love,

15 thoughts on “breathe

  1. kelli says:

    Yum!!!And thanks for letting me know about resubscribing!! I am quite ignorant when it comes to what the feeds are…or whatever they may be:) I keep hearing people mention them, and I just don’t get it:)But…I did finally figure out how to resubscribe, so I think we’re back on track!!


  2. Faith says:

    That cake looks delish! I can "smell" the ginger!


  3. Lynn says:

    How do you make your pictures of cooking look so beautiful? I also want to thank you for your book recommendations. I am in the middle of reading the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and am enjoying it so much. My mother loved the Miss Read books and even wrote her a letter telling her how much her books meant to her. Doris Saint (Miss Read) responding with a lovely letter and for many years would send my mom a Christmas Card. After my mother passed away I took her Miss Read books and have treasured reading them. So I’ll be looking for the Gervais Phinn books.


  4. Jane says:

    Hello Kathie. I found you through Willow’s blog and stopped to say hello, as I was admiring your beautiful pictures and the Gingerbread cake. It looks delicious and I will make some once I have recovered from a horrible cold. The lambs are so cute too, my daughter Emily loves sheep/lambs so will be delighted to see your pictures. Jane


  5. grammy says:

    Well, that’s not fair. It’s late and i am off to bed to dream about spice cake (o:


  6. Mmmmm, I can just smell it! I made a hearty banana bread yesterday, with blackstrap molasses–’tis the season, methinks!I noticed you are reading Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris–me too! Although I left my copy at the dentist’s…. Need to pick it up.I appreciated your other book recommendations, too. I have a friend who loves the Miss Read books–will pass on that series you mentioned that is similar. And will look up The Dragonfly Pool for myself!Love your spring look–I’m off to resubscribe!Blessings–Jeanne


  7. Lorna says:

    Kathie – I can almost smell it and wish I could taste it. Yummy!!!!


  8. Susanne says:

    Yum! Too bad I don’t have any molasses on hand. I did have to resubscribe with you but it works now!


  9. Home Again says:

    That looks so good. My mom used to make a cake like that and I would love to make it again. A wonderful reminder of smells that wafted in my mom’s kitchen.


  10. nikkipolani says:

    Hmmm, I tried resubscribing but this post doesn’t come up. Maybe I’ll try again later. As for your gingerbread… I LOVE GINGERBREAD CAKE!!! I think I will try your recipe and add raisins.


  11. Judy says:

    I can smell it from here! Thanks for your visit…out here on the west coast.


  12. You girls are making me laugh!


  13. Lana G! says:

    okay – I am just as bad as ellen today! UPDATING!


  14. Lana G! says:

    First, Ellen wanted me to tell you she meant "good" in her comment above. I am on the phone with her right now cracking up at her comment!The cake looks divine and I am printing the recipe right now – THANK YOU!I am so glad you gave us the heads up on updated our google reader! I missed some of your posts!Have a great week!


  15. ellen b says:

    Oh that would be so god with my coffee right now! I fixed my google reader and adjusted your url on my blogroll so we’re good to go :0)Thanks for the heads up…


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