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Spicy Ginger Cake

22 Jan

Sometimes cake can have medicinal properties. My lovely sister and cake-tester-in-chief has a nasty cold this weekend and was clearly in need of something delicious to make her feel better. I have always believed that ginger has the ability to cure a multitude of ills – I certainly relied on ginger biscuits to get me out iof bed in the morning when I was suffering from morning sickness.

So today’s cake needed to be warming and comforting, tasty with a cup of coffee, and have added health benefits ūüėČ
My inspiration came from a Mary Berry recipe, Ginger and Treacle Spiced Traybake, which can be found in this month’s Sainsbury magazine. My version omits the treacle, purely because I’m not so keen on it, replaces it with golden and maple syrup, and cranks up the gingeriness. The result is yummy, and I am confident that the ginger kick will see off any head cold.

Spicy Ginger Cake


225 g softened butter
175 g dark muscovado sugar
100g golden syrup
100 g maple syrup
300 g self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon allspice
2 heaped teaspoons ground ginger
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons milk
3 – 4 large balls of stem ginger from a jar, finely chopped.


  1. Grease and line a brownie tin r large square tin.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 C
  3. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and combine until smooth.
  4. Pour into the prepared tin, shake to smooth out the top, then bake for 40 minutes until lightly browned  and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean and dry.
  5. Cool in the tin on a wire rack while you prepare the icing.
Spicy Ginger Cake icing

200 g sifted icing sugar
stem ginger syrup from the jar – 6 – 8 tablespoons
3 -4 balls of stem ginger neatly chopped

  1. Blend the icing sugar with the syrup until you have a runny, creamy paste. Add the syrup gradually and stop when it feels right.
  2. Pour it over the cake, smooth it across the top with a palette knife and let it run down the sides.
  3. Now sprinkle over the chopped ginger and try to leave it long enough while you make the coffee.
  4. Perfect on a cold winter’s day – ideal for runny noses too.

Spicy Ginger cake - slice

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