I’m so excited to be back for Sweet Melissa Sundays this week! Katie of Katiecakes selected the Guinness gingerbread as this week’s treat! When I was flipping through the Sweet Melissa Baking Book, this was one of the first recipes that caught my eye and I came this close to selecting it when it was my week to choose. I’m actually not a huge fan of gingerbread and I don’t like Guinness at all, but this was one of the few recipes in the book I thought Shane might like. (As it turns out, the allure of the Guinness in the recipe wasn’t enough to convince him to even try the gingerbread. He did, however, drink the remaining Guinness that wasn’t necessary for the recipe so he did his part…)

I threw the cake together on Thursday night so Shane could take it to work with him on Friday. I try to make treats for his coworkers about once a week and I figured this treat would be a good way to celebrate Friday. The recipe is simple and comes together quickly – no mixer required and no butter to bring to room temperature! I made only one minor change to the recipe and that was to leave the white pepper out. In my opinion, pepper and dessert just don’t go together. I’ve watched Ina make her panna cotta with balsamic strawberries more times than I can count and every time she adds the black pepper to the strawberries she loses me. I know I should give it a shot before I knock it, but I just can’t wrap my mind around the idea.

Anyway, I tried a piece of the warm gingerbread fresh from the oven on Thursday night as I watched the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I’d heard some of the other SMS bakers mention that the flavors were a bit too mild but it wasn’t a problem for me. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s the reason I enjoyed the gingerbread so much. I sometimes find the flavors of gingerbread a bit overwhelming, but this one’s pretty mellow. I had another piece on Friday and added a heaping pile of whipped cream on top and enjoyed it even more!

Many thanks to Katie for this week’s selection. Head over to her blog for the recipe and be sure to stop by the Sweet Melissa Sunday site to see the other cakes this week!