So yeah, I am on baking hiatus. Thank the move, thank my shattered kitchen, thank my tired nerves. We're 2/3 there...and I really miss baking. After seeing Martha Stewart's Cupcake show caught on TiVo this weekend, I was itching to be back in the kitchen.
Therefore this TWD came in right at the perfect time. It's a cake, which typically means 'easy' for me, and meant to be made in a 9x9 pan with a thin layer of frosting. However, since I moved most of my kitchen already, I only had cupcake tins sitting in the oven. Perfect. I was in the mood for a rich cupcake anyway.
So I made chocolate gingerbread cupcakes. Slathered with a spicy gingerbread chocolate coffee frosting. I ate more than my share, I am happy to report.
Since I am partially moved, I did a one bowl routine on the cupcakes, and did not have fresh ginger so I used pumpkin pie spice, ground ginger, and vanilla instead. The cupcakes baked up nice and large.
Overall, the recipe is very good... quite moist and delicious. I think I used a bit less chocolate than required, so it was more of a 'hint' of chocolate in the cake than anything else. Next time I will double it...but given that these are cupcakes, the frosting more than makes up for it in this particular shape and form!
This is probably the last time I will bake in my old kitchen... it's a little nostalgic and sad as we spent 5 years here, and it was our first house together..and we have experienced a lot of firsts here.
But we move onto better things I suppose. I can't wait to play with the oven in the new house. Until then...here's my TWD. Check out the rest of the TWD bakers here. I won't be around next week as I am traveling for work but hopefully back the week after AND testing out the oven in the new house. XOXO.