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Aug 21, 2008 08:49 AM

Gingerbread versus Ginger Cake...

Is there a difference? I just baked a recipe for ginger cake and though delicious, I feel like it wasn't like the gingerbreads that I have had from other people. When I search for gingerbread it is usually in regards to cookies or houses. Isn't there just a bread form of gingerbread?

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  1. Not sure if this is what you mean, but ginger cake to me could mean any ginger-flavored cake, whereas gingerbread has a very specific mix of sweet spices (prominently ginger of course) AND molasses. The ginger-molasses flavor is what makes it gingerbread IMO. And I call my gingerbread cakes "gingerbread" even though I don't make them in a loaf pan but in a cake pan.

    Have you read Laurie Colwin's writing about gingerbread? It's great.

    Edited to add: here's a link to a version of Laurie Colwin's recipe: