Ginger Raisin Cake Bars are so easy to make, so moist and so warmly spiced; with just a skim of sweet vanilla glaze.
Here’s a very moist and delicious recipe for a Ginger Raisin Cake Bars that we love at our house. This makes a terrific dessert served warm with a little butterscotch or caramel sauce or as a glazed cake. During the holidays we also cut this scrumptious cake into little squares or bars to add to the assorted cookie trays we offer to friends and family who drop by. Spouse loves her gingerbread and she heartily endorses this simple version.
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- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 3 tsp powdered ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp fresh finely grated ginger root
- 2/3 cup raisins
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9x9 baking pan, or preferably, lightly grease and line with parchment paper.
Cream together the butter, brown sugar and molasses.
Beat in the egg and vanilla.
Stir in 1/2 cup milk.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, grated nutmeg, powdered ginger and cinnamon.
Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
When the flour is almost incorporated fold in the finely grated ginger root and raisins. Do not over mix the batter or your cake will be tough.
Spread batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Watch it carefully, you don't want to over bake this cake.
Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting with vanilla frosting glaze.
Beat all ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
Spread on the cooled cake and garnish with fresh grated nutmeg or chopped toasted nuts if desired.