1 lb.       cream cheese, at room temperature
 1/2 tsp.    vanilla extract
 4           eggs
 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
 1/4 cup     light unsulphured molasses
 4 Tbl.      butter, softened
 1 tsp.      ground ginger
 1 tsp.      cinnamon
 1/4 tsp.    freshly grated nutmeg
 1/8 tsp.    ground cloves
 1/4 tsp.    salt
 1/2 cup     light brown sugar
 1 1/2 tsp.  baking soda
 1 cup       all-purpose flour
 Preheat the oven to 350F.  Butter a 9 inch springform pan.  In a mixer
 bowl, beat the cream cheese on high speed until light and smooth, about
 3 minutes.  With the mixer on, beat in the vanilla.  Add two of the
 eggs, 1 at a time, beating until thoroughly blended.  Gradually add the
 granulated sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3
 minutes; set aside.
 
 In a medium saucepan, heat the molasses over low heat until bubbles begin
 to form around the sides.  Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, 1
 tablespoon at a time, until completely blended.
 
 Scrape the molasses into a medium bowl and stir in the ginger, cinnamon,
 nutmeg, cloves and salt.  Add the brown sugar and beat with a wooden
 spoon until smooth.  Let cool to room temperature.
 
 Beat the remaining 2 eggs into the gingerbread batter, 1 at a time, until
 well blended.  Stir in the baking sode, then beat in the flour in 3
 batches until completely incorporated.
 
 Using a tablespoon, drop half the gingerbread better in dollops into the 
 prepared pan.  Use one-fourth of the reserved cream cheese mixture to fill
 in the empty spaces.  Dollop the remaining gingerbread batter on top of
 the cream cheese mounds.  Fill in with another one-fourth of the cream
 cheese mixture.  Swirl with the flat edge of a knife to marbelize the
 batters (be careful not to overmix).  Smooth the remaining cream cheese 
 mixture over the top.
 
 Bake in the middle of the oven for 50 minutes, or until the top of the 
 cake begins to crack in the center.  (The cake may be lumpy since the 
 gingerbread rises and the cheesecake sinks).  Let cool to room temperature.
 Remove the sides of the springform pan, cover and refrigerate.  Serve
 chilled.