Nothing says November like a bit of Gingerbread....right? I watched a British baking television show recently and I was inspired by the beautiful pastries and tiny cakes they made. So....I spent a bit of time in the kitchen last night and this is what I came up with.
Here's the secret...they are really easy to make and they look like you spent hours in the kitchen!
Start with a box mix (shhh....don't tell anyone) from Trader Joe's. If you don't have Trader Joe's I'm sure you can find a substitue mix.
Add ingredients as directed on the box. This particular mix required one egg, 1/3 cup of oil, and 3/4 cup of water. Very simple!
Coat an 8" x 12" glass baking dish with non-stick spray and pour the batter into the pan. The batter should be deep enough to make a 1 inch cake.
Bake as directed and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. After that time you can turn the cake out and let it cool.
When the cake is completely cooled, carefully move it onto a cutting board.
Use a flower cookie cutter to cut the bottom sections for the cakes. Use a slightly smaller cookie cutter to cut the top layers.
Stack the gingerbread pieces on top of each other to make the cakes.
Top each cake with a chocolate almond and garnish the plate with colorful leaves.
Serve on individual plates with a dollop of whip cream!
And....when no one is looking....serve yourself the "left over" cake scraps! They may not look pretty but they taste just as good!
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope this has inspired you to make something fun in the kitchen....maybe even some little gingerbread cakes!
Hugs to you,