Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 200 g butter , at room temperature, plus a little extra for greasing

  2. 175 g light brown sugar

  3. 2 tablespoons golden syrup

  4. 1 tablespoon black treacle or 1 tablespoon molasses

  5. 150 ml milk

  6. 2 large eggs , beaten at room temperature

  7. 4 pieces preserved ginger in syrup, chopped

  8. 300 g self-raising flour , sifted

  9. 2 teaspoons baking powder

  10. 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  11. 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot

  12. 1 lemon, juice of

  13. 225 g icing sugar

  14. 2 pieces preserved ginger in syrup

  15. 4 tablespoons ginger syrup (from jar of stem ginger in syrup)

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. You will need a non-stick round cake tin measuring 8", at least 1"deep, and some silicone paper (parchment).

  2. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 180C/350F/gas4.

  3. First, prepare the cake tin by greasing lightly and lining it with the silicone paper: press it into the tin, folding the corners in to make it fit neatly ? the paper should come up 1 inch above the edge.

  4. To make the cake, in a large pan, gently melt the butter with the sugar, golden syrup & black treacle over a low to medium heat.

  5. Cool briefly & stir in the milk.

  6. Beat the eggs into the mixture & add the chopped stem ginger - mix well.

  7. Sift in the flour into a bowl and combine thoroughly, then add the ground ginger, baking powder & freshly grated ginger root. Combine thoroughly.

  8. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared cake tin & spread the cake mixture evenly in the cake tin.

  9. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the cake is risen, springy and firm to touch in the centre.

  10. Take the cake out of the oven & prick all over with a skewer or a toothpick; pour the ginger syrup over the cake, making sure it all sinks down into the holes.

  11. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 60 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack and make sure it is absolutely cold before you attempt to ice it.

  12. For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and mix with enough of the lemon juice to make a consistency of thick cream ? you might not need all the lemon juice.

  13. Now spread the icing over the top of the cake, and do not worry if it dribbles down the sides in places, as this looks quite attractive.

  14. Cut the remaining ginger into 12 pieces & arrange around the edge of the cake so that when you cut it you will have 12 slices, each with a piece of ginger in the centre.

  15. If you would like one or two of these cakes tucked away for a rainy day, they freeze beautifully ? simply defrost and put the icing on half an hour before serving. ?


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