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. (Also be sure to see our page about Healthy Snack Recipes).
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 anti-oxidant 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 gingerale (unless you get the natural kind) does not really have any ginger. So why do we take it to settle our 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 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. (We discuss this more in our recipe for our natural molasses cookie recipe – also nice and spicy!
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.
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Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries -- Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries - the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! Great for senior activities.