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Gingerbread with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Holiday treats should always be full of surprises, like this unusual pairing of ginger and lime flavors in a moist and tender gingerbread. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 11x7-in. baking dish.
  • Cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg, molasses, water and ginger. In another bowl, whisk together flour, spices, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Transfer to prepared dish.
  • Beat cream cheese, lime zest, lime juice and remaining 1/2 cup sugar until blended; cover and reserve 3/4 cup mixture for frosting. Drop remaining mixture by tablespoonfuls over batter; cut through batter with a knife to blend slightly (mixture will not swirl).
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in cake portion comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Spread with frosting; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate leftovers.

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