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Gingerbread Town-Square Cake

Dacquoise is a cake made of meringue layers (usually nut flavored) and buttercream or whipped-cream filling. This version consists of walnut meringue, gingerbread-spiced buttercream, and spongy cake layers and is covered with a generous amount of fluffy white frosting. See Shaped Gingerbread Cookies to create the Town House Gingerbread Cookies.

  • servings: 30
Photography: Sang An

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Place 1 meringue layer on a cake stand, and spread 1 1/2 cups buttercream over its surface. Top with a slice of genoise. Brush genoise with one-third of the syrup. Spread 1 1/2 cups buttercream over genoise. Repeat layering 2 more times. Spread enough buttercream over sides of cake to fill in any spaces between layers and create a smooth surface. Refrigerate cake for at least 8 hours (preferably overnight).

  2. Step 2

    Just before serving, spread frosting over cake, smoothing sides and creating peaks on top to resemble snowdrifts. Sprinkle top with sanding sugar. Gently press 3 cookies onto each side of cake, using 1 of each shape per side and alternating molasses and honey gingerbread. Serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2007

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Reviews (7)

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    This cake was very delicious BUT too much work

  • 5 Apr, 2008

    This took a long time to make but was more delicious than it looked. Perhaps a little less butter cream would be prefferable to some.

  • 15 Dec, 2007

    I was really inspired by the picture of the town square cake so I tried it tho In n n n n n ve never baked gingerbread or iced anything. It was not as complicated as it looked. You just have to read the instructions v. carefully before you start. I mistook the frosting for icing

  • 15 Dec, 2007

    I was really inspired by the picture of the town square cake so I tried it tho In n n n n n ve never baked gingerbread or iced anything. It was not as complicated as it looked. You just have to read the instructions v. carefully before you start. I mistook the frosting for icing

  • 15 Dec, 2007

    I hate gingerbread so I made shortbread instead. The frosting turned out surprisingly well as icing. The cake was gorgeous with the meringue layers. I brought it for an office party and it was polished off in no time. I substituted walnuts with almonds cos I hate the smell of walnuts. The meringue tasted great. It took 2 days to finish the cake so it is not a cake you rush. The first day baking and the second day putting the cake together. Well worth the effort.

  • 13 Dec, 2007

    I found a similar cake plate at Kohl's. Although it is not quite as pretty as the one shown.

  • 10 Dec, 2007

    I would really like to find a cake stand/pedestal rectulangular and round like the one shown for the village. Does anyone know where I can get one?