So this was the first installment of my three part bored in Gainesville with nothing to do but bake series. While being crammed in the library for 2 days straight studying for finals, the Starbucks gingerbread loaf wonderfully entered my life. I had to try it for myself — here we go! (unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of my own so I’m cheating and posting the actual Starbucks loaf)
Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf
adapted from: Free Starbucks Secret Recipes
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/4 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 and 1/4 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 can cream cheese frosting
-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan
-In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt. Then set aside.
-In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
-Mix baking soda into applesauce and stir into creamed butter mixture.
-Add flour mixture. Mix until smooth.
-Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
-Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
Note: When I made this, I had probably 3/4 cup applesauce left so I substituted a couple tablespoons of oil for the missing moisture. However, the cake came out pretty dry. So I put in the recipe not only the full 1 cup of applesauce that it calls for but 1/4 cup more. Maybe even add a bit of honey instead of the 1/4 extra cup. Other than that, it had the perfect amount of spice and the cream cheese frosting was a great compliment. I left out the orange extract and candied orange cause it’s gross.