This ginger loaf cake, covered in cream cheese icing and topped with pieces of crystallised ginger, makes a lovely food gift. I have made this recipe countless times and it always turns out great!
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200g plain flour
2 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
200g caster sugar
115g butter, softened
1 teaspoon orange extract (optional)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
240g apple sauce
225g cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
300g icing sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallised ginger, or to taste
Method Prep:20min › Cook:40min › Extra time:1hr › Ready in:2hr
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease and flour two 1lb loaf tins.
Combine flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a bowl.
Cream sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric blender until light and fluffy; stir in 1 teaspoon orange extract. Mix bicarbonate of soda into apple sauce and stir into butter mixture. Add flour mixture and mix until smooth. Pour mixture into the greased loaf tins.
Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into centre of a loaf comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from tin and cool on a wire rack until cool, about 1 hour.
Combine cream cheese, vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon orange extract in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Beat in icing sugar gradually. Spread icing on top of cooled loaf cakes. Decorate with crystallised ginger.
You can also use chopped candied orange peel to decorate the ginger loaf.