Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 23rd November 2012

I hope all of our American friends enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. Christmas is on the way and I’ve been busy thinking of dessert ideas for the holidays. Liana is kicking off the season getting together with a few friends over the weekend. She enjoys gingerbread so much I thought I would prepare a Chocolate-Gingerbread Cake topping it with a creamy Mascarpone Frosting.

A photo of three Chocolate-Gingerbread Cakes decorated with red and brown gingerbread men sprinkles.

I usually like to prepare a layer cake for this type of gathering but Liana was quick to point out that it was only a few girls getting together to share some holiday cheer. The smaller cakes worked out perfect not only was I able to tuck one cake away to enjoy at a later date but I had enough batter to prepare some cupcakes for Matt and the boys.

A photo of Chocolate-Gingerbead Cake topped with Mascarpone Frosting displayed on a white cake stand with Gingerbread Cupcakes displayed in front.

The house is much quieter these days because most of the kid’s friends have gone away to university. Up to this point I’ve been very fortunate (thank my lucky stars every day) because Liana decided to begin her studies at the local university and for now, it appears Matt will too.

A photo of Chocolate-Gingerbread Cupcakes decorated with gingerbread sprinkles displayed on a green Christmas dessert plate.

Unfortunately, I know there will come a time when it will be necessary for them to go away to complete their studies. But for now, although a little selfish on my part, I’m thankful to have them home.

A photo taken looking down on Chocolate-Gingerbread Cake displayed on green Christmas dish with antique cake server.

It’s been quite the adjustment for me in the last couple of years because our home tends to be the meeting hub for all the kids and now that most of them have gone away it’s unbearably quiet. I miss all the hustle and bustle, comings and goings, loud music, late night requests for food, and even the parties (go figure).

A photo taken of three Gingerbread Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting displayed in a row on white rectangle-shaped white dish.

It’s what I’m used to, when you grow up in a large family there’s very rarely a dull moment, there’s always something going on, which suits me just fine! A couple of Matt’s close friends are home for the weekend and although it’s only for a short time, it’s nice to have the house back to normal.

A photo of Gingerbread Cake with Mascarpone Frosting cropped to show one half of the cake.

The holiday season is all about sharing time with friends and loved ones and I try to have sweet treats like this gingerbread cake on hand over the holiday season for impromptu visits. This type of cake stores well in the freezer and because it’s smaller it quickly defrosts.

A photo of three Gingerbread Cupcakes topped with Mascarpone Frosting and decorated with gingerbread sprinkles displayed with jar of sprinkles.

Single layer cakes are easy to transport making them the perfect treat to share at office parties. They also make great gifts, package them up in a pretty box with festive bow. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t appreciate a homemade cake especially over the holiday season.

A photo of Chocolate-Gingerbread Cake with Mascarpone Frosting displayed on gold cake stand.

This gingerbread cake is extremely moist, spicy (generous amount of ginger with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves) with the chocolate bringing a special richness. And the mascarpone frosting topping the cake brings another layer of silky richness making this festive cake perfect for the holidays.

A photo of a mini Chocolate-Gingerbread Cakes decorated with Mascarpone Frosting gingerbread sprinkles.

Happy Weekend!

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Comments (11)

11 Responses to “Chocolate-Gingerbread Cake with Mascarpone Frosting”

  1. Aaron Says:

    I know the question will be painful, but what would you recommend as a substitute for the stout? Thanks for another great recipe! I’m glad you can keep your family close for at least another year. I hate being so far away from mine.

  2. Grace Says:

    Hi Aaron, I went back on my promise about listing substitute for alcohol, so sorry! Please excuse my terrible memory, but I recall one of my visitor’s asking for a substitute for coffee or espresso, was that you? My first choice for a substitute is coffee or espresso but water works as well.The espresso or coffee will enhance the chocolate flavour too.

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  4. lyly Says:

    Grace, I love the decoration of the cupcakes. What tip you use for it and how you do it? Could you please advise. Thanks.

  5. Grace Says:

    Hi Lyly I used Wilton 1M Swirl Tip, proper way – hold piping bag at 90 degree angle about 6mm (1/4-inch) above cupcake surface. Pipe a spiral of frosting beginning at the outer edge of the cupcake and working inward. Stop pressure as you get to the centre and pull tip away. Pipe a second spiral (not as wide) on top ending at the centre, again stopping pressure and pulling tip away. When I pipe it (lots of practise) I pipe the swirl (without releasing pressure) going around the cupcake (creating height) about three times finishing in the centre and releasing pressure as I get to the centre and then I pull tip away. Practise with a couple cupcakes or pipe on a sheet of baking paper, I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it, very easy after you do a few-just remember do not release pressure as you’re creating the spiral). Hope this helps, if instructions aren’t clear please let me know and I will clarify.

  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    Those adorable cupcakes look delicious, Grace!

  7. lyly Says:

    Grace, thanks a lot for your advice. I’ll try and let you know. As always love your blog !!!

  8. Anna Nuttall Says:

    HI this look delicious, i was going to make a gingerbread house but this look more yummier. I have printed the recipe and i will get back to you on how i got on.

  9. Grace Says:

    Thanks Anna!

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  11. Annette Says:

    Grace, your cupcakes are decorated so nicely. I appreciated your tips on decorating the cupcakes. I have never used anything but the “put it on with a spatula” technique. :-)

    I love gingerbread in all it’s forms. With cream cheese frosting is very tempting.

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