We bookmarked Disney’s apple pie recipe weeks ago so we could make it, oh...every other weekend this fall. But TBH, we’ve been daydreaming about Christmas too. Thankfully, the happiest place on Earth read our minds and released its recipe for mini gingerbread Bundt cakes with orange-vanilla sauce.
Sure, you’ve tried gingerbread cookies and have sipped a fair share of gingerbread lattes. But these cute treats are truly next-level. The cakes are spiked with fresh ginger, amber lager and molasses for balance and moisture. The decadent, aromatic orange-vanilla sauce fills the center of every cake, which is drizzled in sweet vanilla glaze. It screams winter, but we might not be able to wait that long to give these a try. Read on for the full recipe.
Gingerbread Bundt Cakes
- 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 large eggs
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 2½ teaspoons zested fresh ginger
- 12-ounce bottle amber lager beer
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2¼ cups molasses
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- ½ vanilla bean
- 1¼ cups milk
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- Zest of ½ orange
- 1 teaspoon orange oil
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar
- 4 teaspoons whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Gingerbread Bundt Cakes
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray mini Bundt cake cavities with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Step 2: Sift flour, baking powder, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into medium bowl. Set aside.
Step 3: Beat eggs, oil and fresh ginger in small bowl and set aside.
Step 4: Heat beer in large saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling. Remove from heat and slowly add baking soda. Once beer stops foaming, add molasses and brown sugar. Stir in flour mixture a third at a time, mixing well after adding. Stir in eggs until combined. The batter will be thin.
Step 5: Pour the batter into prepared Bundt pans, filling each cavity ⅔ full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Step 6: Cool completely on a wire rack before removing from pan.
Step 1: Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape out seeds using a knife. Set aside.
Step 2: Combine milk, sugar, and vanilla bean scrapings in medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until hot, but not boiling.
Step 3: Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly pour in half of the hot milk mixture while whisking the eggs. Pour eggs into saucepan with milk mixture and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly for about 2 to 3 minutes, until thick enough to coat the back of spoon.
Step 4: Remove from heat and continue to whisk for about 3 minutes.
Step 5: Pour into glass bowl and set glass bowl on top of an ice bath. Once sauce is at room temperature, add orange zest and orange oil.
Step 6: Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Step 1: Whisk powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add ¼ teaspoon of milk at a time until desired consistency.
Step 2: Drizzle glaze onto cooled cakes.
Step 1: Fill center of each mini Bundt cake with Orange-Vanilla Sauce.