This spicy gingerbread cake recipe is all-natural and can even use fresh, real ginger…(Although fresh ginger is not necessary), adding quite a zing to the flavor. And there are lots of ways to dress it up. It’s an excellent addition to your senior activities and parties.
You may have noticed that our overall dessert recipe theme here is “healthy,” and this one is no exception.
Ginger, one of the most favorite spices, comes from a humble looking root. A root with surprising zing. When used fresh, in tea, or fresh dried and ground, ginger has properties known to assist with nausea, digestion, and circulation.
Plus, it gives anti-inflammatory and antioxidant support, to battle destructive free radicals that cause disease. Ginger also contains many vitamins like Vitamin C and B6, and minerals including magnesium and potassium. So it’s great for elderly nutrition.
You’ve probably heard that most ginger ale (unless you get the natural kind) does not really have any ginger. So why do we take it to settle your stomach when it’s upset? It may be the carbonation that helps. Making fresh ginger tea does help, however.
And adding a little to cooking, such as our gingerbread cake dessert, helps keep our systems in good order and is great for elderly nutrition. In moderation.
Ginger is spicy and if used a lot, may result in a mild heartburn feeling, especially for those with elderly issues that cause a sensitive stomach. This recipe does include a little fresh ginger, either grated from the root, or ground.
If you can’t get hold of fresh ginger, then using the standard ground ginger from the baking section of the grocery store will certainly be delicious too.
When you buy fresh ginger root, look for one that has a healthy skin, smooth not cracked, wrinkly and dry looking. It should also smell nice and spicy.
This gingerbread is loaded with other healthy ingredients, like the alternative sweeteners of pure maple syrup or raw honey. We also use whole wheat pastry flour (processed white flour is not very good for us); and nuts and raisins if you’d like. Molasses is another healthy ingredient, high in iron.
Spicy Gingerbread Cake
2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup pure maple syrup, or honey (raw is best)
1 cup molasses
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger (the fresher the better)
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger –
…(or else just use 1 tsp of ground ginger)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup hot water
1/2 to 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Cream butter with syrup or honey. Add molasses and egg. Beat well. Sift dry ingredients into mix – and add in alternately with water. Mix in raisins if you are using them. Pour into a greased & floured 9-inch pan.
Bake at 350 F degrees for about 50 minutes. You can dust it with powdered sugar when done, if desired. Serve this healthy dessert with natural ice cream (have you ever tried Rice Dream instead??)or whipped cream.
I personally love crystallized ginger chunks and like to put a little piece on top of the ice cream. That will really add some zing. This gingerbread cake recipe also works well as muffins.
In case you don’t want to go out and get these items, you always have the option of purchasing these from Amazon.com.
We always recommend going natural and healthy when buying food products from outside. This helps in maintaining the nutrition that is essentially required for an active body. This Vermont Maple Syrup is an organic one that would be useful for making your own gingerbread cake.
For people who prefer kosher, they should also be relieved as this is a certified kosher maple syrup. Pour over a cake or any other dessert that you make, and not only will it give a great aroma but also you will notice a significantly better flavor. The syrup does come in a plastic jug of 32 ounces but don’t worry because the plastic is BPA-free. In a nutshell, this is one very safe product you can buy.
If you want your gingerbread cake to rise and be spongy, you should consider buying a pastry flour instead of the regular flour that you get at your homes. This one is ideal because it comes in a package of 2 which includes pastry flour and rye flour both in equal packages of 25 pounds.
Being made from organic grains, it is completely non-GMO. For those who are facing gluten related issues can also consume this flour easily because it is completely gluten free but with a high nutritional value so you can enjoy the cake and take care of your health side by side. You can use these flours for different types of desserts such as pizza crust, scones, pancakes, and pies.
Although we mentioned the raisins as an optional item for your cake but we highly recommend that you do get a pack so as to add more to the flavor and bring out the most authentic taste of a gingerbread cake (the ones you eat at a bakery do include raisins).
A completely organic and safe to consume product is this pack of raisins which comes in a packaging of 64 ounces and costs you very low. Even the sugar added in these raisins is all natural making it a completely organic choice. Make the fruity taste come from your gingerbread cake with the raisins. If you need a further convincing point for these raisins, you should know that they are CCOF and USDA Organic Certified.
Last but not the least, we have these pecan halves which could be used in the gingerbread cake to give it a little bit of crunch while mixing it with a fruity taste as well. If you are looking to improve on your delicate texture of the cake, these pecans will surely do so and will bring a buttery taste that adds more to the temptations.
American Heart Association has certified these pecans to be completely safe which means all heart patients can also consume them without any problems. Furthermore, there are no added preservatives, and they are non-GMO certified too. Over 4000 people have already tried these pecans and they just love them.
Make sure to also see:
Hershey Kiss Mouse Chocolate Craft – Learn more about making some cool and fun crafts with the Hershey’s Kiss Chocolate. It is a great senior activity especially when they are focused on the minor details.