Gingerbread Cake ... for Andy
3/4 C maple syrup
3/4 C molasses
1/3 C canola oil
1 T vanilla
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg (I grate mine fresh)
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
4 1/2 C flour
1 1/2 T baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 C rice / soy milk
Heat your oven to 350 F. Spray a 9 x 11 cake pan.
In a LARGE bowl, combine oil, syrup and molasses. Add vanilla and stir.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Stir to mix.
Alternately add the flour mixture and soy milk to the molasses mixture in the large bowl. Mix well.
Pour batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted off-centre comes out clean. The recipe calls for 30 minutes, but it probably took me closer to 45. So I'd set it the timer for 30, then check it every 3 minutes or so until it is done.
I topped it with this light glaze:
3/4 C powdered sugar
2 T soy milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Whisk it together, then spread over the cake once it has cooled. I think it gives it the perfect bit of extra sweetness.