Ginger Cake

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.


Yield: 12 slices

Ginger Cake

A moist ginger cake recipe
prep time: 12 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 52 mins


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.



  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. 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!

  3. 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

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

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

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

  7. 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.