Gingerbread Boy and Girl Cakes Recipe

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Gingerbread Boy and Girl Cakes
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  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 3-1/4 cups plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • frosting:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 4 brown m &m's
  • pastry tips -round #7 and star #16


  1. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a bowl, combine the molasses and water. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with molasses mixture. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan lined with waxed paper. Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes; invert onto a wire rack. Remove waxed paper; cool completely.
  2. In a bowl, cream shortening, butter and vanilla. Beat in confectioners' sugar and milk. Place 1/2 cup of frosting each in two bowls. Tint one red and leave the other white. Place 1/4 cup frosting in another bowl; tint gold. Place 1 cup of frosting in another bowl; tint dark tan.
  3. Trace patterns onto waxed paper as directed and cut out. With a sharp knife, cut around patterns on gingerbread. Transfer cutouts onto a 16-in. x 11-in. covered board.
  4. With tan frosting, frost girl's head, upper torso and bottom edge and boy's head, arms and legs. With gold, frost boy's overalls and make a heart centered at girl's waistline. Frost hear skirt red.
  5. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip. Fill with remaining red frosting. Pipe buttons on boy, bow on girl and smile on both.
  6. Prepare another bag; insert star tip and fill with white frosting. On both boy and girl, pipe a zigzag border at neckline and 1 in. from the tip of each arm. On the girl, pipe above and below the skirt and 1/4 in. from her feet. On the boy, pipe 1/4 in. from the top of his head, below shorts and 1/2 in. from the bottom of his feet. Insert M&M's for eyes. Yield: 12-15 servings.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 830.35 Kcal (3477 kJ)
Calories from fat 270.84 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30.09g 46%
Cholesterol 47.69mg 16%
Sodium 333.51mg 14%
Potassium 675.9mg 14%
Total Carbs 138.81g 46%
Sugars 111.09g 444%
Dietary Fiber 1.19g 5%
Protein 4.57g 9%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 3%
Iron 2.6mg 15%
Calcium 108.9mg 11%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 360.52 Kcal (1509 kJ)
Calories from fat 117.59 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.07g 46%
Cholesterol 20.71mg 16%
Sodium 144.8mg 14%
Potassium 293.46mg 14%
Total Carbs 60.27g 46%
Sugars 48.23g 444%
Dietary Fiber 0.52g 5%
Protein 1.98g 9%
Iron 1.1mg 15%
Calcium 47.3mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 18.9
  • 23

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar

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