Ginger Cake

I was looking for a recipe to use up some stem ginger in syrup I had and found this wonderful cake by Nigel Slater. I've adapted it slightly and omitted the sultana's as hubby is not keen. I don't think you can beat the smell of ginger cake baking in the oven. You definitely need to leave this cake to mature for a day or two before eating.


| Serves: 10 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 40 Minutes | Total Time: 1 Hour |


250g Self Raising Flour
2 level TSP Ground Ginger
1/2 TSP Ground Cinnamon
1 level TSP Bicarbonate of Soda
Pinch Salt
200g Golden Syrup
2 TBSP Syrup from Stem Ginger Jar
125g Butter
3 lumps Stem Ginger, chopped
125g Dark Brown Sugar
2 Large Eggs
240ml Milk


Step 1: Line a square 20-22cm cake tin with baking paper and preheat oven to 180C/160Cfan.
Step 2: Sieve the flour, ginger, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in large bowl.
Step 3: Put the golden syrup, ginger syrup and butter into saucepan and melt on a low heat. Stir in sugar and chopped stem ginger and let it bubble gently for a minute.
Step 4: Break the eggs into a bowl, pour in the milk and beat. Remove butter and sugar mixture from heat and pour into flour. Stir until combined. Mix in the milk and eggs - the mixture should be sloppy.
Step 5: Spoon mixture into prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Let cake cool in tin then wrap in foil and let cake mature for a day before slicing.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 9th November 2009 |


  1. Beth, its been a few days since I visited your blog, so please excuse my tardy "Congratulations" on your new arrival!. Rory looks adorable. Frankly I am amazed you have time to do anything,never mind bake a cake. Enjoy this special time (it does get easier). Charlotte. (Fellow cook, and fellow T. Planner)

  2. It's one of my favourite cake recipes but you've got to put in the sultanas - it lifts the ginger cake from very good to excellent!

  3. I love ginger cake and yours looks delish, have got a jar of stem ginger in the cupboard so can make good use of it at last!

  4. Hi Beth, I love this ginger cake so much, and I never add the sultanas - I just double the ginger ;-)
    Congratulations on the beautiful new arrival
    x (WhiteRabbit from

  5. Congrats on Rory! He is too cute! I am so happy for you! The cake looks great too:)

  6. I love Ginger and it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing:)

  7. I love, love, love ginger cake! This looks fantastic.

  8. This looks delicious, I love ginger cake and it's one of those brilliant cakes that lasts and lasts and gets better after a few days. I will definitely be giving your version a go.


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