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Run, Run, as Fast as You Can…

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…But you’ll never escape my ravenous sweet tooth, Mr. Gingerbread Man.

Fully embracing the temptations of excess, especially abundant in this celebratory season, all I want to make and eat is candy. Typically, just a bite or two of concentrated sweetness will do me, but reaching a sugar coma has seemed to be the end goal recently. At least, that’s how the revelry tends to end, with my poor throbbing head so much the worse for wear. Must the desire for a few extra comforting confections always carry such a terrible price tag? Turns out that raw nuts help quite a bit to satiate the inner sweet-toothed monster, and a handful of whole grains give even tiny morsels far greater staying power.

When Hodgson Mill originally sent a box of pro bono flours and baking mixes, I found myself stumped by the pre-measured mixtures. They’re simply not something I stock my pantry with or employ, so straight away, it was a curious puzzle: What can be made with cake mix, that isn’t cake? Perhaps it’s fudging the boundaries of definition a bit, but how about cake truffles?

With a half-empty jar of speculoos spread just begging to be finished off, the pairing was inevitable, and a delicious match indeed. Enrobed in dark chocolate, the tender cake centers have just enough spice and sweetness to disguise the whole wheat and flax within. Each bite yields nothing but candy bliss, without the sugar hangover afterward.

Better yet, these adorable treats can be dressed up as cake pops. Adorable hand-held gifts or party favors, not a single one of these gingerbread men will escape the mouths of delighted guests.

Naturally, you can just as well whip up a little over one pound of gingerbread cake from any recipe you desire, boxed or fully homemade. Just be mindful of the amount of sugar, because the frosting itself is quite sweet. In the end, though, it’s all good when it’s dipped in chocolate.

Speculoos Gingerbread Cake Truffles

Gingerbread Cake:

1 15-Ounce Package Hodgson Mills Whole Wheat Gingerbread Mix
1 1/2 Cups Plain Non-Dairy Milk
1/2 Tablespoon Whole Flaxseeds, Ground
2 Tablespoons Water
1/2 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup Canola Oil

Speculoos Frosting:

3/4 Cup Speculoos Spread
1/4 Cup Non-Dairy Margarine, at Room Temperature
1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
1/2 – 1 Tablespoon Plain Non-Dairy Milk

Chocolate Coating:

12 Ounces (2 Cups) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or 100% Cocoa Butter

Optional Additions and Garnishes:

Small Lollipop Sticks
Colored Nonpareil Sprinkles
Chocolate Jimmies*

*Before dipping the truffles, go through the bottle of sprinkles and pick out any that have a slight curve to them. The majority will be straight, but if you look closely enough, you will find plenty that are “smiling.” You may also want to apply your sprinkles with a pair of tweezers for the most precision.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease an 8 x 8 square pan.

In a large bowl, whisk all of the cake ingredients together until thoroughly combined, with no pockets of dry ingredients remaining. Bake for 28 – 32 minutes, until set around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake pulls out cleanly, without any slick of raw batter. Let cool completely before breaking up the cake and crumbling it into small, even pieces.

The frosting is equally effortless and speedy: Place the speculoos spread, margarine, and confectioner’s sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer, and start the machine on a low speed. Once the powder has been incorporated and is no longer at risk of flying out, turn up the speed to high, and slowly drizzle in the “milk,” until the frosting is smooth, homogenous, and a spreadable consistency.

Add a modest dollop into the bowl of cake crumbs and mix it all around. This is a messy job, as the best way to combine the two components is to get in there with your hands. Don’t be shy! It could be a fun job for the kids to help out with, too. Add in more frosting as needed, until the mixture just comes together when squeezed. You will likely have extra frosting, so don’t be tempted to add all of it, lest you want mushy truffles.

Dump the cake mixture out onto a silpat or piece of parchment paper, and flatten it out to about 1/2 – 3/4 inch in thickness. Use a small gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut out the shapes, pulling away the excess. Recombine the extra “dough”, flatten out once more, and cut more figures until the cake is all used up. Insert sticks now if using, and carefully move the silpat or parchment onto a baking sheet. Place the whole thing in the freezer on a flat surface, and let freeze for at least 3 hours, until solid.

To coat the truffles, combine the chocolate and coconut oil or cocoa butter in a microwave-safe dish, and heat for 60 seconds. Stir very well until the mixture is smooth. If there are still a few stubborn chips that refuse to melt, continue heating the coating at 30 second intervals, stirring thoroughly between each, until entirely lump-free.

Dip each truffle center, one at a time, into the melted chocolate. Use a fork to pull individual truffles out of the mixture and allow the excess coating to drip free. Be especially careful with any truffles on sticks, because they are particularly delicate. Move each piece back onto the silpat or piece of parchment paper, and quickly add sprinkles for the eyes and mouth before the coating solidifies. Repeat with the remaining truffles. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container.

Makes 30 – 40 Truffles

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

21 thoughts on “Run, Run, as Fast as You Can…

  1. These are adorable! And I love that you used Speculoos.

  2. It wasn’t until I came to America that I discovered that people really, truly, honest-to-goodness use cake mixes. I had no idea. Love, love, love your take on it! Gingerbread and speculoos? All the good things.

  3. Some of my favorite flavors! I have never made a cake pop before. But this afternoon I am making hot chocolate sticks for a lot of friends!

  4. Holy crap, I can’t get over how adorable those gingerbread dudes are. So cute! And I love that you turned them into cake pops. :)

  5. So adorable! Love that you turned gingerbread into cake pops. So creative!

  6. The flavors of Speculoos + Gingerbread and the whole Biscoff/cookiebutter/speculoos scene are RIGHT up my alley! Can’t get enough & these are adorable!

  7. I am not one for “cute food” but those gingerbread cuties are too much for my grinchy heart! I think it grew 3 sizes just looking at these gorgeous little morsals of happiness quotient. We can’t get speculoos spread here but I am going to google it and mess about approximating it as best I can because although we don’t have any chestnuts to roast (out of season here in Australia)…and we don’t have any open fires (you need a permit in Australia when the heat of summer hits and what sort of maniac would WANT an open fire when its 30C+ outside?!)…and we have NO Jack frost even in June in the middle of our winter and snowflakes are something that you have to get in your car and drive to the top of a mountain in July to get a glimpse of…I CAN HAVE THESE SNOWMEN to remind me that it is, indeed “Christmas” :). You have certainly done a lot to de-grinch this reader Hannah :)…Steve says “Thanks a LOT Hannah!” for adding to his already bulging Christmas shopping list for today when he, alone, is going to be fighting the hoards of zombiatric denatured Christmas shoppers who (like us) foolishly left Christmas shopping to the last minute while I am sitting here minding the dogs…”THANKS A LOT HANNAH!” ;)

  8. I have a sugar high just looking at these adorable treats!

  9. So adorable! Ghostly ginger men!

  10. holy moly hannah, you have seriously taken it to the next level. These look and sound amazing!!! and fun!

    also – you won one of my cookbooklettes!! :) I was so happy that you were one of the winners! can you send me your mailing address? ameyfm (at) yahoo (dot) com

    huzzah!

    ps I love the holiday theme on your blog. super cute!

  11. Oh my goodness those are just the cutest things!! I would be thrilled to be in your family at christmas- so many goodies :)

  12. I’ve had a raging sweet tooth lately also…glad to hear I’m not alone! These truffles sound amazing! Bites of holiday heaven.

  13. Ah ha! I was just wondering what to make for Christmas! These are perfect. Thank you for the great recipe.

  14. Delicious!! I love speculoos spread AND cookies, so naturally I would love these. I love that you dunked it in chocolate, Mmmm…

  15. This looks amazing!!! I love Christmas recipes like this!

    Matthew
    http://thedesperatecook.wordpress.com

  16. I’ve been craving all things gingerbread, these sound like the perfect solution, and dipped in chocolate! MMMM indeed!

  17. So darn cute! You’re always so inventive with such products. :-)

  18. Reblogged this on Sherry's Space and commented:
    These look like fun to make

  19. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!It looks geogous & mighty pretty tooo!

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