This Chocolate Gingerbread Genoise is pretty much everything you want out of a celebration cake. Fittingly so, it comes from Butter's latest book, Butter Celebrates.
My first "Butter" experience was years and years ago - back before I lived in Vancouver and just came to visit. Immediately, I was swept away by swirly pastel frosting, a plethora of cookies, their world-famous gourmet marshmallows, and enough icing to satisfy me for a lifetime. My family and I ordered a dozen different treats to try and I've been smitten ever since. Owner and author Rosie Daykin has continued to impress over the years with her famed marshmallows popping up in retailers everywhere and the success of her first book.
Well, as you might be able to guess, she is back with another stunner. And it does not disappoint. With over 100 recipes, Butter Celebrates guarantees one sweet year after the next. From chocolate whoopie hearts for Valentine's Day and double-decker eclairs for Easter to apple spice layer cake for Thanksgiving and home-made jelly donuts (or Sufganiyot) for Hanukkah, there is something for celebrating all year long. What is a celebration without a special sweet treat anyways?
Once I got my copy of the book, I immediately began flipping through the pages trying to determine what to make first. In the end, the decision to make this Chocolate Gingerbread Genoise was a no-brainer. It's got chocolate in all of the right places and a generous portion of gingerbread frosting. As Rosie puts it, this "fancy pants" cake is sure to please at your next seasonal get together. You know, something that will guarantee those OOHHSS and AAHHSS from guests that are coupled with spectacular desserts. Just one of the many reasons you should be running to snag a copy of this book for the holidays!
The chocolate cake layers, or "genoise" is different than those of your average layer cake. This Italian sponge cake gets it lift from whipped egg white and egg yolks. It bakes up super quick in a sheet pan, so the cake may be assembled easily as a rectangle - or cut into circles as I've done here. The gingerbread buttercream is probably one of the best things I've tasted in a while (and I eat a lot of frosting, lol). The Italian Buttercream base is silky smooth while the added molasses and pinch of spice makes it extra festive. If that was enough to qualify this cake as "fancy pants," the whole thing is covered in a decadent layer of chocolate ganache.
Please trust me when I say not only did this recipe taste amazing, but there are so many other tasty one to choose from throughout the book. From someone that enjoys reading cookbooks for pleasure, there was plenty of photos and anecdotes to keep me entertained. Rosie's voice throughout is both joyful and comforting, making the recipes not only approachable but they stir up emotions of excitement and delight!
Be sure to take a look what a handful of my fellow bloggers are saying and sharing from the book:
Jenny's Guinness Cake with Pretzels on The Brunette Baker Heather's Cookie Feast on The Tasty Gardener Christina's "Hostess" Cupcakes on Strawberries for Supper Robyn's Orange Gingerbread Cake on What's Cooking on Planet Byn Gwen's Christmas Panettone on Devour and Conquer Meg's Lemon Loaf on Sweet Twist of Blogging Libby's Gingerbread Guys on LibbyRoach.ca Jan's Animal Cookies on Family Bites Mardi's Champagne Cupcakes on Eat. Live. Travel. Write Jacquee Eggnog-less Bars on I Sugar Coat It Kelly's Peppermint Nanaimo Bars on Kellyneil.com Amanda's Banana Pecan Caramel Cake on Once Upon a Recipe
If all this isn't enough to get excited, Rosie is graciously giving away a personally signed copy of the book and a box of Butter goodies straight from the bakery here in Vancouver, BC!
Be sure to let me know what your favorite bakery goodie is in the comment section to be eligible for the giveaway!
This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside. Void in Quebec. Winner must answer a skill-testing question. No purchase necessary to enter. Giveaway will run from Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 12:01am to Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:59pm. Winner will be contacted via email and name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter. Prize value is approximately $125.
A BIG thanks to Appetite by Random House for the complementary copies of the book for review!