With grated, ground, and crystallized ginger all in the mix, these ginger bars live up to their name! If you're searching for ginger recipes with layers of warm flavors, look no further than these honey- and molasses-sweetened Triple-Ginger Squares.
Position a rack in the center of oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and line the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with parchment or waxed paper. Butter the paper; set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, fresh ginger, black pepper, and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and granulated sugar. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed about 2 minutes,until light and fluffy. With mixer on low, beat in honey and molasses until well incorporated. Beat in eggs. On low speed and making three additions, beat flour mixture into sugar mixture, alternating with milk, until combined. Transfer batter to prepared baking pan. Bake on center rack 33 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool on wire rack 5 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack; remove paper. Invert again onto a second rack set over waxed paper.
Meanwhile, prepare glaze. Sift confectioners' sugar through a wire mesh sieve into a medium bowl; set aside. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine the cream, butter, and molasses; stir until butter is melted. Pour cream mixture into sugar; stir until smooth. Pour glaze over hot cake and, working quickly, spread evenly with a spatula to cover top. Let stand at least 4 hours.
To neatly cut squares, place a ruler alongside one long side of cake. Beginning 1/16-inch from one narrow edge of cake, use the tip of a sharp knife to score the glaze in 2-inch segments. Reposition ruler on remaining sides of cake to mark 24 two-inches squares. Then, using a serrated knife, dipped in hot water and wiped dry between slicing, cut through at the score lines. Crisscross two strips on ginger on each square.