When she posts something like this and says "let me know if you try it first" she should realize that some people might take that as an order (or a challenge). Maybe not everyone, maybe just those people who have a(n)
This is the only cake I have ever made with a meringue topping. The first time, I followed Betty's instructions but the meringue fell as the cake cooled. The second time, I let the cake cool completely in the springform pan and then followed the recipe for the meringue. I toasted it for about 10 minutes but it could have gone a little longer.
I have to tell you that it was an awesome flavor combination. The toffee, chocolate and gingerbread really complimented each other well. I can recommend it only with one reservation... tell your kids what it is before they bite into it. Nobody likes gingerbread when they're expecting chocolate cake.