Gingerbread Cake with Egg Nog Icing
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a nine inch cake pan. In a large bowl, mix cooled butter, sugar and egg and set aside. Sift dry ingredients together. Combine light or dark molasses with the hot water. Alternating, add dry ingredients and the molasses-water to the butter, sugar and egg. Blend just to combine. Pour batter into pan and bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool for ten minutes and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
approx. 1/2 lb. confectioners sugar
1/2 a stick of butter at room temperature
egg nog to taste
Optional: Top cake with a dollar store pick-up. What is it about nutcrackers that my children love so much??