Gingerbread is a classic holiday treat and here we're making a beautiful, round cake with chocolate oozing over the top. It has the quintessential gingerbread ingredients, but we're adding some additional rich flavors like espresso as well.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch springform cake pan, then dust it with flour, tapping out any excess.Sift or whisk the flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, mustard, pepper, and baking soda together in a large bowl and set aside.In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy.Add the brown sugar to the bowl of the mixer, and continue to mix on medium-high speed.
To the butter and sugar, add the eggs, one at a time, mixing between each addition. Add the molasses and melted chocolate to the mixing bowl, mixing well to incorporate.To the mix, alternate adding the wet (espresso) and dry (flour) until everything has been incorporated.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 40 minutes.
While the cake is baking, prepare the icing. In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan set over very low heat, melt the chocolate and cream together. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
Remove the cake from the oven, and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Unmold the cake from the pan, invert it onto a wide platter, and spread the icing across the top, letting the chocolate drip down the sides. Cut into pieces and serve to your guests.