Saturday, December 01, 2007

Ginger-y Goodness...

So I went out on Black Friday and shopped after a quick stop at Starbucks for 'breakfast' which consisted of an eggnog latte and a slice of their Gingerbread. (Let's not discuss the calorie content here okay?) Well I was in HEAVEN while eating the gingerbread! Heaven, I tell ya. So my quest began to find the recipe. Little did I know how much of a guarded secret it is!

I came across several online and none of them were quite right. One of the secrets is mustard. Yep, mustard! Who'da thunk? I fiddled with a few and came up with this, a very close replica to the Starbuck's Gingerbread Loaf recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we are around here!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/4 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 tablespoon yellow mustard

8 oz. cream cheese
21/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a loaf pan. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add all other ingredients. Mix until smooth.

Pour batter into a loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes (I do 45 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out just slightly sticky.

Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and orange extract. Gradually beat in confectioner's sugar. Frost cake when it is completely cooled. Decorate with chopped candied orange peel.


Mendy at Modern Charm said...

Printed! I'll have to make it when everyone is at school and work, because if my crew sees mustard going into it, I'm dead in the water. :)

Monica said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing. My husband loves their gingerbread loaf.

Sew Gracious said...

I'm printing it too! ;-)

I would have never considered mustard, but whatever works! LOL

Annette said...

Ewwww....I'm so excited to try this!!! I LOVE Starbucks Gingerbread loaf...except for that orange peel on top, which I will leave off. :) Mustard....who woulda guessed!!!!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

I know the mustard sounds crazy but I promise you can't taste it! It just gives the bread a little extra spicyness.

Someone actually got the package that Starbuck's receives their gingergread in and copied down the list of ingredients and mustard was in there. Of course we don't know the amounts of anything, but I've used every single ingredient on the Starbuck's list.

Annette said...

I'm back again, after making this. It is indeed totally yummy!!!!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

I itching to try this recipe. You don't mention whether you used an 8 " loaf pan or 9 ".

Please advise.

Estelle said...

Can't wait to try this. Yellow Mustard, like French's?

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Yep, yellow mustard like French's.

I think I use a 9" loaf pan.

Estelle said...

I made this and it was very wonderful. I wonder though, why when I added the mustard my batter seemed to curdle? Any thoughts? Other than that it was awesome.