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Katie Nell Jan 18, 2007 05:27 PM

I bought these cute little gingerbread men sprinkles from King Arthur: http://kingarthurflour.com/shop/detai... Aren't they adorable?! I know that they are kind of Christmasy, but my grandma's name is Ginger and she likes gingerbread men year round, so I'm hoping to make her a nice treat with them. So, what do you think? Maybe lemon cupcakes with a vanilla icing? Any thoughts?

  1. Katie Nell Feb 12, 2007 01:47 PM

    Just wanted to report back... I ended up using a yellow cake recipe from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook and subbed lemon extract instead of vanilla and adding a bit of lemon zest. Then, I made a cream cheese frosting and used lemonade concentrate to thin it out a bit and also added some lemon zest to that. I made half of them with strawberry jam (because I had it on hand) in the middle, because I wasn't exactly sure what it would do... it pretty much sunk to the bottom but still was tasty. (I did do one with a "G" on it, for Grandma and for Ginger!, but those had already been boxed up. Not the best picture, but here they are:

    1. hotoynoodle Jan 19, 2007 12:46 AM

      on top of lemon curd tarts. i love lemon and ginger. maybe fluff up the curd by mixing it with whipped cream.

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        AnneM Jan 18, 2007 10:18 PM

        You could maybe just make up a "Ginger" theme basket. Put them in a gift basket along with a bottle of "Ginger" Ale, some fresh (or jar) of "Ginger", a box of "Ginger" bread mix etc...
        Looks like maybe she could just snack on them like little Goldfish...no?

        1. chowser Jan 18, 2007 10:10 PM

          It might be overkill but my friend made this gingerbread cake and it was amazing. It uses real ginger and is covered with chocolate ganache. You could decorate the cake with them, sticking up in the white frosting, like they're playing hide and seek.


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            RiJaAr Jan 18, 2007 09:02 PM

            mm, pumpkin pie and gingerbread go together quite well. i'm thinking maybe a pumpkin cheesecake, or maybe a spice cake or carrot cake with cream cheese icing and sprinkles..

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            1. re: RiJaAr
              Katie Nell Jan 18, 2007 09:09 PM

              Carrot cake would be nice and I'm betting that my Grandpa would like carrot cake! Maybe I'll do two different kinds of cupcakes.

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              Claudette Jan 18, 2007 08:38 PM

              Put dabs of icing on their little feet and have them running off the cake onto the plate and then onto the table...

              1. chowser Jan 18, 2007 06:30 PM

                Cupcakes sound good. Or, you could circle them around the base of a cheesecake.

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                  BuggySer Jan 18, 2007 05:41 PM

                  OH SOOOO CUTE! Ginger is usually good with squash or pumpkin, so how about an out of season pumpkin pie? Or maybe some sort of pumpkin based cake...there're recipes for it on Food Network....

                  1. thegolferbitch Jan 18, 2007 05:32 PM


                    I love librarian's idea. You could make a gingerbread, frost it and sprinkle on top, or gingerbread muffins?

                    Or, you could make a nice white or red velvet cake for Valentine's Day and put them holding hands in the shape of a heart on top?

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                    1. re: thegolferbitch
                      Katie Nell Jan 18, 2007 05:36 PM

                      I did forget to mention probably the most important part- she's not too fond of the taste of ginger!! Ironic, isn't it?! :-)

                      1. re: Katie Nell
                        thegolferbitch Jan 18, 2007 05:38 PM

                        Ooh, scratch the gingerbread idea. I'm thinking you could also put these atop a sweetpotato or squash casserole?

                        1. re: Katie Nell
                          pescatarian Jan 18, 2007 05:40 PM

                          I think the lemon cupcakes sound delicious.

                          I made a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake at the holidays that was delicious and I think those little guys would be cute as a decoration on top.

                          1. re: pescatarian
                            Katie Nell Jan 18, 2007 05:43 PM

                            Ooh... maybe lemon cupcakes with a pocket of raspberry jam in the middle?

                            1. re: Katie Nell
                              pescatarian Jan 18, 2007 05:44 PM

                              Yum, sounds good - or even blueberry jam...

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                        librarian Jan 18, 2007 05:31 PM

                        For some reason, I'm thinking of putting them on top of a pumpkin-ginger cheesecake.

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