Ginger Cake with Pumpkin Creme Mousseline + #bakeamericacakeagain

Today is the day! The Vanilla Bean Baking Book (affiliate link) is now available! I’m so excited to share it with you. To celebrate, I have a new recipe and these #bakeamericacakeagain tattoos that I am giving away. The lovely FauxMartha and my husband helped me come up with this hashtag to celebrate both my book and the **Election** (remember to vote today, fellow Americans!) Details for the giveaway is below.
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Ginger Cake with Pumpkin Creme Mousseline | Sarah Kieffer
(This chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream pictured is a recipe from the new book (affiliate link); I made it for segment on WCCO-TV. You can watch the episode here.)

Ginger Cake with Pumpkin Creme Mousseline | The Vanilla Bean Blog
Ginger Cake with Pumpkin Mousseline and Chocolate

This ginger cake is adapted from two recipes in my book; the white cake and the pastry cream recipes. I’ve added both fresh and ground ginger to the cake. Mousseline is a basically pastry cream with butter added to it, and it makes the most amazing buttercream. I’ve used my pumpkin pastry cream recipe as the base here, but you could use regular pastry cream if pumpkin isn’t your thing.

Ginger Cake

1 cup whole milk
¼ cup sour cream
5 egg whites
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated on a microplane zester (or very finely minced)
2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into 1-inch pieces

Pumpkin Mousseline

1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
6 egg yolks
1 cup (198g) granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup (28g) corn starch
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cold
1 tablespoon black strap rum (optional)
24 tablespoons unsalted butter (g) at room temperature
3 ounces (85g) bittersweet chocolate, melted

For The Ginger Cake

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350F. Line two 8-inch cake pans with 2-inch sides with parchment paper.

In a large measuring cup with a pourable spout, whisk together the milk, sour cream, egg whites, and vanilla. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and fresh ginger, using your fingers to work the ginger into the sugar.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle, combine the flour, ginger-sugar mixture, baking powder, ground ginger, and salt. On low speed, add the butter pieces one at a time and mix until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Slowly add half the wet ingredients to the mixer. Increase the speed to medium, and then beat the batter until the ingredients are incorporated, about 30 seconds (the butter in the batter may still look a little bumpy). Add the rest of the wet ingredients, and beat again on medium until combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, and use a spatula to mix the batter a few more times. Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops. Tap the pans on the counter 2 times each (this helps get rid of any bubbles).

Bake the cake for 17-22 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through, until the cakes are golden brown and pull slightly away from the sides, and a toothpick inserted inside the cakes comes out clean.

For The Mousseline

Combine the pumpkin puree and brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring continuously until the sugar has dissolved. Turn up the heat to medium and continue to heat the pumpkin, stirring constantly, until it comes to a boil (the mixture is quite thick, so you need to look for slow bubbles). Once the puree is bubbling, turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for about 5 minutes, still stirring. Remove the puree from the heat.

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the milk and heavy cream until just scalded. Remove from the heat and pour into a medium measuring cup with a pourable spout.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks, granulated sugar, and salt on medium-high until very thick and pale yellow (about 5 minutes). Scrape down the sides and add the cornstarch. Turn the mixer to low and mix until combined.

With the mixer running on low, very slowly add the hot milk mixture. Mix until combined. Scrape down the sides, and add the pumpkin. Mix again on low until completely combined.

Transfer the mixture to a medium heavy-bottomed sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the pastry cream becomes very thick and begins to boil, about 5-7 minutes. Switch to a whisk and whisk the mixture for another 3-4 minutes, until the pastry cream becomes thicker, almost like a pudding. (This is where you want to make sure to cook out the corn starch. Whisk constantly, until the pastry cream is smooth and glossy.) Remove from the heat, and strain the pastry cream into another medium-sized bowl. Stir in the vanilla, butter, and rum (if using). Cover the pastry cream with plastic wrap, making sure the wrap sits directly on top of the cream (this will help keep it from forming a skin). Place in the freezer for 15 minutes, then move to the refrigerator and keep it there until cool.

Remove the pastry cream from the refrigerator, and let it come to room temperature. Place it in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat the pastry cream on low speed, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter at a time, beating well after each addition. When the butter has been completely incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl and increase the speed to medium. Beat the buttercream for a minute or two, until completely smooth.

To Assemble The Cake

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut each layer of the cake in half horizontally, to make a total of four layers, and place the layers on the prepared pans, cut side down. Top three of the layers with a thin coating of the melted chocolate, spreading it thin and evenly along the whole surface of each layer. Let the chocolate set before frosting (you can put the layers in the freezer for 2-3 minutes to speed this up).

Put one cake layer, chocolate side up, on a turntable or serving plate and top with 1/2 cup of buttercream. Repeat with two more chocolate-covered layers and then top with the remaining chocolate-free layer. Finish frosting the cake with the remaining buttercream.

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    M M
    Friday, November 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I contemplated this recipe for a year, but I finally made it yesterday. It’s delicious. I’m really in love with the bright ginger flavor of the cake and rich, smoothness of the pumpkin mousseline. Thank you!

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    Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I just made this cake last night. So good! I adore the pumpkin mousseline, such good pumpkin flavor without the typical fall spices that are normally paired with it. This will go into the fall cake rotation for sure.

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    Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Congratulations on your new cookbook. Looks amazing, can’t wait to try some recipes myself.

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    Monday, November 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Love your blog and recipes! Can’t wait to try out even more from your cookbook!

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    Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Your food could not be more beautiful!

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    Lisa Noble
    Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Must. Have. Tattoo.

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    Cheryl Woodall
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    This cookbook looks amazing! Saw this on Fixfeastflair blog today. I love chocolate chip cookies! That is how I won my husband over was taking him chocolate chip cookies to his work!?

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    Barbara Bullemer
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I am loving the new cookbook! The cake will be great alternative for Thanksgiving holiday

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    Rachel B
    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Planning on making this for Thanksgiving– how many days in advance can I make other?? Or can I make it and freeze , assembling once thawed???

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      Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Hi Rachel – the cake layers can be made in advance and frozen; otherwise I make them the day night before serving. The pastry cream base of the mousseline can be made 2-3 days ahead of time and kept in the fridge; you can add the butter to it the day of frosting (just remember if the pastry cream is cold and the butter is added to it, it will appear curdled for awhile, but don’t worry! Keep whisking it in the mixer and it will come together).

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    Hadley Hauser
    Monday, November 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Congratulations on the book! Those tattoos are too cute, I’d definitely wear one in my photo shoots.

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    Monday, November 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Beautiful book! Looking at it makes me feel happy for the first time in a week!

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    Mary Clare
    Monday, November 14, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Lovely book and beautiful cake!!

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    Monday, November 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

    So pretty – can’t wait to get my hands on it and peruse it cover to cover. Congratulations!

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    Monday, November 14, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Congratulations on your book!!!! We all need to focus on whats truly important that’s to be kind our family and our health!

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    Abby | Lace & Lilacs
    Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

    This is the most gorgeous cake. J’adore. <3

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    Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I love this! What a beautiful book (and cake!)

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    Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Absolute Yum! Congratulations on the cookbook release!

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    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Congratulations on your new book! This picture is Stunning!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Congratulations on your new book! These cakes look amazing!

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    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I just bought your book and am an avid reader of your blog. Love both! I bake every day and find great solace and healing in baking. I’m uncertain about the #bakeamericacakeagain message! I want to embrace it…but it is too reminiscent of the message promulgated by “he who shall not be named.” I’m interested in how you came up with this slogan. Thanks for all you do and the inspiration you continue to provide me as I use my talents to try to make the world a sweeter place.

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    Jennifer O'Connell
    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    The most beautiful cake, to go along with the beautiful book and blog!!
    I absolutely need those tattoos, and would gladly buy them and would give them as gifts to so many baking friends I know! Please think about making them available!
    Thank you!

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    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Cooking and baking = love and nurture.
    Let us all love and nurture each other.

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    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    The book looks beautiful

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    Deborah Binder
    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Congrats on bringing your talents into the world with such a beautiful book. I love your tattoos and hope you will consider choosing one of us to receive your book too!

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    Ellen Blaufox
    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    What a lovely & soothing post ? I think I’ll be making this this weekend as a practice run for Thanksgiving ?The kitchen is my therapy ?

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    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    This cake looks amazing!!! And I love the hashtag! I’ll be using that for sure!!
    Your blog is one of my faves!

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    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for the inspirational message. Congratulations on the new book. I cannot wait to pick it up. This cake looks terrific too. I hope the country can now settle down to healing and cake always makes me feel better.

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    Lani Wooll
    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11:27 am

    My new motto!

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    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Congratulations – and thank you for the baking inspiration and (hopefully!) the hopeful tattoo!

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    Liz Gore
    Friday, November 11, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    The tattoos look so cute!!

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    Friday, November 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    This is one of my favorite things about this election. Thank you!

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    Friday, November 11, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    What a beautiful cake! Congratulations on your book!

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    Friday, November 11, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    So pretty!!

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    Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Congratulations, Sarah!!! I am so very excited for you. What a BEAUTIFUL book! Congratulations – I’ll have to get my hands on one soon. [applause]

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    Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    I just bought your book last night!!! 🙂 Took it to bed for my nighttime reading! I woke up this morning, off to Kowalski’s and am going to make your Maple Cinnamon Granola first up. I can’t wait to bake my way through your beautiful book! Are you having any book signings? I am also a Minnesota gal and would love to meet you 🙂 Keep blogging! 😀
    Shannon W

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    anna jennai
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Congrats for the food I know it would be a great recipe book

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    Hillary Gozigian
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Where can I get the #bakeamericacakeagain tattoos?! I love them! Congrats on the book!

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    Hillary Gozigian
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Love this and love make America cake again!! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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    maya kuijper
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6:21 am

    congratulations on the book Sarah, it looks beautiful so far!

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    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Your recipes look amazing!!!

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    Natalie Goff
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Last year I relocated to the US from the UK to study pastry arts in NYC, ive now been working here for a year and Ive been obsessed with your blog… here but not a citizen means I cannot vote in the election so instead I will spread the #bakeamericacakeagain CONGRATULATIONS on the book !!!

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    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Congratulations on the release of your book! Your pictures are absolutely stunning. I love looking to your blog for unusual flavor combinations and gorgeous photography. Also, I think #bakeamericacakeagain will be my new life motto. 🙂

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    Jennifer Essad
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    super sweet, I can’t wait to try your recipes the cover is simply beautiful #bakeamericacakeagain

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    Victoria Pease
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Such a beautiful cake, haven’t heard of mousseline before but it looks and sounds delicious! Congratulations on the book and what a fun baking project – just wish we’d had a positive one in the UK! Cake-xit? Bake-xit? Haha!

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    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    My absolute favorite cake is a ginger cake! This looks like a great variation to try.

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    Ellie | Hungry by Nature
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    This cake is STUNNING! Congratulations on a gorgeous book and a great segment on WCCO!

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    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Gonna have to make this for my mom’s birthday, she loves ginger and pumpkin 🙂

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    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Congrats on the book!! I know it’s going to be great if recipes like this one will be in it.

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    Allyson (Considering The Radish)
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Congratulations on your publication day! I’ve never heard of mousseline before, but it sounds fantastic.

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    LOVE IT ALL!!!!!

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