Spiced cake bars

    55 min

    A warmly spiced bar that's easy to make and tastes fantastic. They are the perfect Christmas snack that can be enjoyed all year long.

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    Makes: 30 bars

    • 450g dark brown soft sugar
    • 100g margarine
    • 2 eggs
    • 250g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 250ml buttermilk
    • 1 tablespoon distilled malt vinegar
    • 65g caster sugar for decoration

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 20x30cm baking tin.
    2. In a large bowl, cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and mix until light and fluffy. Sieve together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and bicarbonate of soda. Add dry ingredients to sugar mixture alternately with the buttermilk and vinegar. Mix well with an electric mixer for 2 to 3 minutes.
    3. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake feels firm.
    4. After cooling, cut cake into 5cm square bars. Roll each bar in sugar and store in covered tins.

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    Reviews in English (8)


    I loved these! I found that the texture is more like a quick bread than a bar cookie.  -  24 Mar 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is - quite simply - gingerbread! Sorry, but this should not be classified as a bar cookie. It is, however, good, moist, delicious gingerbread! Will serve it cut in squares with a lemon or orange sauce. I used 1 C brown sugar & 1 C Splenda and subbed Canola oil for shortning. Turned out perfect!  -  23 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Everyone in my family really liked your recipe. I thank you for letting me read it.  -  23 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)