The Gingerbread Series – Warm Gingerbread Cake With Whipped Cream, Ice Cream & Caramel Sauce from Moxie’s!

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Finally, the long-awaited gingerbread series is here!  Okay, so maybe it hasn’t been long-awaited by everyone else, but it’s definitely long-awaited by me!  I meant to start The Gingerbread Series much sooner, but here we are smack dab in the middle-to-latter part of December.  Part of me whimpers at all the precious time I wasted while another part is just thankful the series has started and that I’m able to put something of substance in it. 

If you’ve been following my foodie and scrapbooking adventures on the blog since the beginning, you’ve probably noticed something “missing”, so to speak.  I’ve showcased breakfast diners, coffee shops, cupcakeries, vegetarian eateries, bakeries, and many others, but never anything pertaining to large chain restaurants.  You know which ones I’m referring to.  And this omission was – and is – completely intentional.  Let’s be honest with one another.  Whether we frequented large chain restaurants with our friends as teens because they were conveniently located in our suburban neighbourhoods, or because they’re so prevalent (they wouldn’t be monster chains if they weren’t!), or because we genuinely enjoy eating at these establishments, we’ve all eaten at the large chains.

When I first started writing the blog, I knew right from the get-go that I wasn’t going to write about meals and experiences from these restaurants unless there was something I just had to share with you all.  It’s hard to explain why I felt, and still feel, so adamant about this stance because so long as food brings about enjoyment, it’s ripe for the sharing, no?  I guess it’s because I wanted to steer the blog in a particular direction, focusing on independent businesses, hole-in-the-wall gems, and great food from places others may not be familiar with or know about. 

Toronto (and its surrounding suburbs) is a BIG city and I wanted to show off all the amazing, droolworthy food I love and could find, not be pinned down by places and spaces that everyone and their mother already knew about.  Not to mention, I wanted to post about different ethnic cuisines, different foods catering to dietary restrictions and intolerances, and vegetarian and vegan food, and I knew I would never be able to accomplish had I chose to post about chain establishments on such a frequent basis. 

However, I respect that others might want to know about certain foods served at these types of places and that others may not always care for the unique or the independents and prefer to find foodie enjoyment in a large chain.  We know they wouldn’t be in business if people didn’t!  As well, I’m well aware that a number of you aren’t even Torontoians or Canadians, so another way of looking at it is that everything I post is new and unknown!  In this case, I obviously have something a little more out of the ordinary to show you all and since it’s part of a holiday menu and gingerbread related, it’s worth putting up on the blog.  Just for the holiday season, Moxie’s has a warm gingerbread cake on their winter menu!

After perusing through menus online, I was ecstatic when I found out that Moxie’s was serving a gingerbread cake ($5.99) especially for the holidays.  I was really looking forward to trying it because not only was it something I could consider posting on the blog, but also because it was something I had never eaten before.  I’ve never had gingerbread cake before and I was so curious to see how Moxie’s made and served theirs. 

It blew me away.  I always try to mentally envision what my dish or meal looks like before I get it if it’s not something that I can already see from a display case, and I’m almost always wrong in my mental imagery.  This was another one of those times.  I was expecting a simple slice with the accompanying vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, but what I got was a large dish with two giant gingerbread cake wedge slices sitting on top of a caramel sauce pond with vanilla ice cream and a huge helping of whipped cream.

I was so giddy.  Dessert will do that to me.  Oh, what the heck, scratch that.  Yummy food in general will do that to me.  This is one fabulous holiday dessert and cake.  Just like the name said, the cake and sauce were nice and warm and the cake was incredibly soft and moist and not crumbly or dry in the slightest.  The caramel was smooth and fluid without being runny, watery, or stodgy, and the whole dessert was just mouthful after mouthful of warm spiced, nutmegy cake with soft whipped cream, rich sauce, and sweet vanilla ice cream.  The dish was very well-balanced.  With every bite of gingerbread cake, I had some whipped cream, sauce, and ice cream and there wasn’t a ridiculous amount of one that left the other out in the dust.  There was enough sauce and sweet accompaniments to eat with the cake and there was enough cake to swirl around the sauce.  For those who have nut allergies, beware though as I asked about nut content and there is indeed traces of nuts in the dessert, so steer clear.  

Other than it being delicious and just REALLY GOOD, the best thing about this gingerbread cake was that I could have eaten the cake without its sweet partners.  Yes, the sauce, whipped cream, and ice cream made it that much more decadent, but the cake itself was great enough to stand on its own if need be.  I found myself swirling my cake in the sauce and others because I wanted to, not because I felt compelled to.  Sometimes you glop the sauce and accompaniments on because whatever it is you’re glopping it onto is too dry or just not good enough but it certainly wasn’t the case for this cake.  It was fabulous and if you want to get your sweet teeth into it, you better do so before the 29th because the holiday menu is only in effect until December 28th!

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Photos taken at the Scarborough Town Centre location at 300 Borough Drive.  Moxie’s Classic Grill has locations all across Canada, click here to find different locations, to view their menus, and more.

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The Joys of Soft-Serve Ice Cream – A Vanilla Chocolate Mix with M&Ms!

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What a tease the weather was last week.  Gorgeous, sunny, and warm.  The weather decided it would yank our chains though, and delivered us with three days of rain in a row with no relief in sight till Thursday – and that’s if we’re lucky.  And while their was a humidex advisory nearly four days ago, I was shivering in my house today and sitting on my hands to keep them warm.  Tsk, tsk, weather.  Not cool.  Lucky for me, I enjoy eating ice cream any time of year and in any kind of weather, even in the frigid kind that makes your eyelashes stick together 😀 

Enter soft-serve ice cream, the yummy kind of sweet treat that makes you long for summer and chase trucks down the street as the music ding-a-lings.  I loooove soft-serve ice cream and I almost always get the swirly vanilla chocolate mix.  It’s one of the reasons why I also love the little ice cream sundae vendor in the middle of Markville Mall, La Cremiere.  Even though I’ve avoided mall food altogether for some time now (with the exception of Tim Hortons), La Cremiere is the food gem in the mall for me.  While other ice cream places have started charging $3.25 and up for a scoop of ice cream, La Cremiere is great because you can get a medium ice cream for around $2.70 and I just enjoy the fact that they have soft-serve.  I know, I know, I can get soft-serve at McDonald’s.  And although I do enjoy the hot fudge sundae, they don’t have fun toppings for me to play around and choose from, so for that reason…I turn the other cheek 😉 

I always get the soft-serve ice cream in a cup and because they have tons of sweet toppings that you can add on, I almost never let my ice cream go naked.  I’m notorious for getting rainbow sprinkles (my weakness, they’re just so pretty and fun), but this time around I wanted to go kiddy and get rainbow M&Ms.  It made me happy, it made me smiley, and it was delicious.  Ice cream always makes the day happy.

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Markville Mall is located at 5000 Hwy 7. East in Markham, at the intersection of Hwy.7 and McCowan Rd.  La Cremiere is located on the bottom level of the mall by the centre court and food court escalators.

Scrapbook materials used: brown, beige, bubblegum pink, and baby blue cardstock (Recollections); white, pink, and brown polka dot ribbon; alphabet stickers (K&Company); pink alphabet stickers (Recollections); ice cream truck embellishment and stickers (Jolee’s Boutique); ice cream stickers (gifted).