Favourite ginger cake

    1 hour 35 min

    This easy to make cake is wonderfully moist and smells like Christmas! Serve with custard, creme fraiche or whipped cream for a lovely pud.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 100g caster sugar
    • 125g butter
    • 1 egg
    • 225ml treacle
    • 300g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 250ml hot water

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:10min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour a 23cm (9 in) square tin.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the egg, and mix in the treacle.
    3. In a bowl, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Blend into the creamed mixture. Stir in the hot water. Pour into the prepared tin.
    4. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in tin before serving.

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    I added 4 teaspoons ginger, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, used golden syrup instead of treacle and made lemon icing to put on top from icing sugar, butter, lemon juice and lemon zest. did not last an hour.  -  19 Dec 2011


    Lovely, light and moist. Seemed like a lot of treacle so substituted a bit for golden syrup. Doubled the amount of ginger too and would still add a bit more next time as I wanted it to be more ginger than treacle! GORGEOUS cake though. Much better than the Jamaican ginger cake you can get in the shops.  -  25 Sep 2011


    So pleased, fab and easy recipe! I did the same as others and used half golden syrup, and extra ginger. I also used mixed spice for cloves. End result was perfect, and delicious!  -  25 Apr 2012