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    Gingerbread Sheet Cake With Hard Sauce Buttercream

    We're getting close to the publication date for our brand-new book ALL-TIME FAVORITE SHEET CAKES AND SLAB PIES. We had a great appearance on QVC with the book and are ready for it to land on store shelves--and your bookcase! Click that title if you want to check the book out on amazon.

    In the meantime, here's an EXCLUSIVE recipe for our podcast and site. Not in the book. Nope. But just for here.

    If you want to listen to the--um--slightly insane podcast about this sheet cake, check out the media player at the top of the main recipe page of this site. Or click here.


    Makes, oh, shoot, a zillion servings, something like that

    For the Gingerbread Sheet Cake

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups cake flour
    • 2 tablespoons ground dried ginger
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    • 1 1/2 cups molasses
    • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
    • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup vegetable or other neutral flavored oil, plus additional for greasing the sheet pan
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup whole or 2% milk

    For the Hard Sauce Buttercream

    • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
    • 3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 1/4 cup whiskey
    • 3 tablespoons whole or 2% milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    1. Position the rack in the center of the oven. Heat the oven to 325°F. Generously oil the inside of a 13 x 18-inch lipped sheet pan. Whisk both flours, the ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and nutmeg until uniform.

    2. Using a hand-held electric mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the molasses and sugar in a large bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the oil and vanilla until smooth.

    3. Turn off the beaters; pour the flour mixture evenly over the batter. Beating at medium speed, pour in the milk in a steady stream. Continue beating just until there are no dry specks of flour. Using an offset spatula, scrape and spread this batter into the prepared pan.

    4. Bake until puffed and set, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 20 to 23 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack until room temperature, about 2 hours.

    5. To make the hard sauce buttercream, beat the butter and 2 cups confectioners’ sugar in a large, clean, dried bowl with a hand-held electric mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 4 minutes.

    6. Beat in the whisky, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Continue beating in more confectioners’ sugar in 1/4-cup increments until the frosting is spreadable and can hold its shape on the side of a spatula. Using an offset spatula, spread and smooth on top of the cake.


    Dried Fruit Pie

    We love this pie! Bruce first developed this dessert for our 900-recipe opus, THE ULTIMATE COOK BOOK (which you can find here). It's our suet-free answer to mincemeat--and way tastier, in our almost humble opinion. Lots of dried fruit, many intense flavors--you need vanilla ice cream for this one. Or maybe crème anglaise.

    If you'd like to hear our podcast about this recipe, check out this link or look for the media player on the main recipe page of this site. You can find this specific episode on the drop-down menu at the center top of the player.

    If you've got company for the holidays, you'll want this recipe!


    Makes one 9-inch pie (10 - 12 servings--because it's so rich!)

    • 2 cups pitted prunes (about 12 ounces)
    • 1 1/4 cups dried apricots (about 6 ounces)
    • 1 cup dried cranberries (about 5 ounces)
    • 1 cup dried apples (about 3 ounces)
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter or lard
    • 4 to 6 tablespoons cold tap water
    • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
    • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled; or walnut oil
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    1. Position the rack in the center of the oven. Heat the oven to 400F.

    2. Place all the dried fruit in very large saucepan or even a small pot. Add enough tap water that the fruit can be submerged by 2 inches (the dried apples may float). Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain the hot fruit in a colander set in the sink. Stir a few times to help it cool down for 15 minutes.

    3. To make the crust, mix the flour and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and butter or lard with a pastry cutter or a fork until the mixture resembles coarse, white sand or meal. Add enough water so that the dough comes together when you stir it with a fork. Divide the dough in half. Roll out one half to the size of a 9-inch pie plate. Transfer it to the pie plate, making it fit with a little lip overhang; set aside.

    4. Chop the cooked, dried fruit on a large cutting board; then scrape it into a big bowl. Stir in the egg, egg yolk, brown sugar, almonds, melted butter or oil, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt until uniform. Pour this mixture into the crust.

    5. Roll out the second half of the dough into a 9 1/2-inch circle. Set it over the pie and crimp the edges tightly. Make several slits in the top of the crust.

    6. Bake for 20 minutes.

    7. Reduce the oven temperature to 350F. Continue baking until the crust is lightly browned and the filling is bubbling a bit inside, 30 to 35 more minutes.

    8. Cool the pie on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.


    Abigail Johnson Dodge's Sugar-Crusted Triple Ginger Pound Cake from THE EVERYDAY BAKER

    Man, this pound cake is epic. Because of the sanding sugar, we kept calling it a ginger-cake-donut-pound-cake. In other words, best crust ever. Ever. Make it. Now. What are you doing reading this? Make it.

    Not convinced? Listen to our podcast where we make it. It's above in the media player. Or here on iTunes. Or go to the bottom of this page and click the link to find the podcast right in your browser without any need for Apple or its iTunes.

    All kidding aside, if you'd like to win a copy of Abigail Johnson Dodge's fabulous new book THE EVERYDAY BAKER, simply leave a comment here on this post--or anywhere on this website. We'll need your name and email--but won't publish your email (we just need it to get in touch with you if you win). Get that comment posted by 2/28. And win. And in the meantime, make the cake.

    BOILERPLATE stuff: We ship to the lower 48 states only. Void where prohibited. (What DOES that mean?) No other promises or warranties.

    If you just want to get a copy of Abby's book--yes, you do--click this link. You gotta see this tome. About a zillion step-by-step photos. (We lost count. Also, not good at math. What comes after five hundred? A zillion? That's what we thought.) Plus, her recipes. So don't wait to win. Win and give the other copy away.

    But until then, the recipe. . . .


    Reprinted with permission from Abigail Johnson Dodge's THE EVERYDAY BAKER (The Taunton Press, 2015).

    Serves 12 to 14 (Editorial insertion: Yeah, right. Mark ate a quarter in one sitting.)

    For the pan:

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, very, very soft but not melted
    • 2/3 cup coarse sanding sugar

    For the cake:

    • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
    • 4 large whole eggs, at room temperature 
    • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1 cup chopped crystallized (or candied) ginger

    1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350F. To prepare the pan, brush the softened butter generously over the bottom, sides, and center tube of a 12-cup fluted tube pan (editorial insertion: you know, a Bundt pan). You'll need a visible layer of butter for the sugar to stick. Sprinkle some of the coarse sanding sugar down the buttered center tube, rotating the pan to cover completely. Sprinkle the remaining sugar into the pan. Tilting and rotating the pan clockwise, scatter the sugar over the sides and bottom of the pan. Reverse direction and continue to rotate until the pan is completely coated with the sugar. Tap out any excess sugar.

    2. To make the cake, whisk the flour, ground ginger, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl until well blended. Put the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using an electric handheld mixer fitted with the wire beaters) and beat on medium speed until well blended and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the granulated and brown sugars and continue beating on medium-high speed until fluffy and lighter in color, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and yolk one at a time, beating briefly after each addition. Add the fresh ginger and vanilla along with the egg yolk. Stop the machine and scrape down the beater and bowl as needed. Add a third of the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended. Add half of the sour cream and mix just until blended. Add another third of the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended. Stir in the remaining sour cream, then add the remaining flour mixture and the crystallized ginger and, using a silicone spatula, fold until just blended.

    3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly, being careful to keep the sugary sides intact. Bake the cake until the top is light brown and a pick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, 54 to 58 minutes.

    4. Move the pan to a rack and let cool for 15 to 20 minutes. To remove the cake, rotate the pan, gently tapping the bottom edge on the counter as you turn it, until the cake loosens from the pan. Invert the cake onto a rack and lift off the pan. Set aside to cool completely, then cut and serve.


    Jam Oat Bars

    Oh, these bar cookies! Loved them. Ate them. Wanted more.

    Please check out the hijinks on our podcast. You'll find it under COOKING WITH BRUCE AND MARK on iTunes. Or you can find it in the media player on the main recipe page. Or you can simply click the link at the bottom of this page to hear it in your own browser (warning: NSFW).

    And if you want more recipes from our 900-recipe tome (holy cow!) that hit the best-seller list late last year (years after publication--for some crazy reason no one can figure out), click this link right here to find it on amazon.

    But okay, you came for the recipe. Do we disappoint? We think not.

    Jam Oat Bars

    • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) cool, unsalted butter, cut into small bits, plus more for greasing
    • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
    • 1 large egg white, at room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (do not use steel-cut or quick-cooking)
    • 1 cup sliced almonds (or the equivalent volume of any chopped nut)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup jam of any sort (it was raspberry the day we recorded the episode but blackberry the day we remade them and took the above shot)

    1. Position the rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 3502F. Generously butter the inside of a 9-inch square baking dish.

    2. Use an electric mixer at medium speed to beat the butter and both sugars in a large bowl until creamy, light, and fluffy, 5 to 6 minutes, scraping down the inside of the bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg white until smooth.

    3. Add the flour, oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt; beat at low speed just until a crumbly, grainy dough forms with no bits of dry flour anywhere.

    4. Press two-thirds of this dough into the prepared pan, making an even crust that rises about 1/2 inch up the sides. Spread the jam over this mixture, then crumble and dot with the remaining dough, creating an even, nubbly crust. Press gently to flatten slightly without causing the jam to squish up into the top crumble.

    5. Bake until browned and set, about 45 minutes. Cool in the baking pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes or to room temperature. Cut into 6 or 9 bar cookies to serve. Once cooled and cut up, between sheets of wax paper in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

    Note If desired, invert the baking pan onto a cutting board, remove the pan, and invert the whole cake-and-cutting-board kit and caboodle onto a second cutting board so the cake is crumble side up. Now you can cut the bars without worrying about the sides of the pan.

    Jam Oat Bars


    Devil's Food Sheet Cake with Chocolate Butter Frosting

    If you listened to our podcast, you know the Texan among us loves his sheet cakes. They serve crowds; they're made in 11 x 17-inch rimmed baking sheets. They also offer the perfect frosting-to-cake ratio.

    Listened yet? No? The podcast is here in iTunes. Or you can listen to it in your browser here. Or you can follow the link at the bottom of this page to the podcast on our platform.

    This cake's pretty easy: a cocoa-laced batter that's baked it in no time (sheets cakes are thin!) and paired with a rich frosting, a butter frosting. (We'll never call it a buttercream again. Promise!)

    This recipe comes from our 900-recipe tome, THE ULTIMATE COOK BOOK, which you can see more about by clicking that link right back there embedded in the title of the book. And if you want one of those fancy off-set spatulas Bruce went on and on (and on and on) about during the podcast, check out this link.

    Okay, let's get baking!

    Devil's Food Sheet Cake

    • 2/3 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons cake flour plus additional for dusting the pan
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 3/4 cups sugar
    • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cool unsalted butter, cut into chunks, plus additional for greasing the pan
    • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup regular or low-fat sour cream (do not use fat-free)
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    1. Place the cocoa powder in a small bowl, whisk in the boiling water until smooth, and cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

    2. Position the rack in the center of the oven; heat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter an 11 x 17-inch baking pan; dust it with flour, making sure it’s evenly coated before shaking out the excess.

    3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

    4. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl until smooth, creamy, and velvety, about 5 minutes.

    5. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition and making sure each has been thoroughly incorporated before adding the next. Beat in the sour cream, vanilla, and cocoa mixture until smooth.

    6. Turn off, scrape down, and remove the beaters. Fold in the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until moistened, no dry pockets or patches visible throughout the batter. Pour and scrape the thick batter into the prepared pan, spreading it gently out to all the corners and edges. Rap the pan against the counter a couple of times to knock out any air pockets and even out the batter.

    7. Bake until a toothpick or cake tested inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Set on a wire rack until room temperature, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, before frosting (see below). (To store the cake, do not frost it. Once cooled to room temperature, seal it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days; allow it to set out at room temperature for 20 minutes before frosting.)

    Chocolate Butter Frosting

    • 18 tablespoons (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 6 ounces chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

    1. Beat the butter, melted chocolate, cream, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until soft and creamy, about 2 minutes.

    2. Add 1/2 confectioners’ sugar and beat at low speed, adding less and less confectioners' sugar with each addition, until the mixture is a soft, spreadable, and smooth frosting. Spread evenly over the top of the cake with an off-set or rubber spatula.

    Devil's Food Sheet Cake