Sticky stem ginger cake with lemon icing

Sticky stem ginger cake with lemon icing

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Cook: 50 mins - 1 hr


Serves 12

Try this moist and gooey stem ginger cake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal285
  • fat10g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.81g
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  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 1 tbsp ground ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 115g butter, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 115g dark muscovado sugar
  • 115g black treacle
  • 115g golden syrup
  • 250ml whole milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 85g drained stem ginger, finely grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

For the icing

  • 50g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to fan 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4. Butter and line an 18cm round, 7cm deep cake tin with greaseproof or parchment paper.

  2. Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda and all the spices into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

  3. Put the sugar, treacle, syrup and milk in a medium saucepan and heat, gently stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Turn up the heat and bring the mixture to just below boiling point.

  4. Add the stem ginger to the flour mixture, then pour in the treacle mixture, stirring as you go with a wooden spoon. Break in the egg and beat until all the mixture is combined and it resembles a thick pancake batter. Pour this into prepared tin and bake for 50 minutes-1 hour, until a skewer pushed into the centre of the cake comes out fairly clean. Leave to cool completely in tin before turning cake out. (To freeze: wrap in greaseproof paper, then in cling film. Freeze for up to 1 month.)

  5. To make the icing, mix together icing sugar and lemon zest, then gradually add lemon juice until you have a smooth, slightly runny icing, adding more juice, if needed. Drizzle icing in a zig-zag pattern over surface of cake, turn cake around and drizzle again to create the cross-hatched finish (see below). Cake keeps for up to 2 weeks stored in an airtight container.

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Comments (273)

bluesnicket's picture

Made double the recipe yesterday and as I didn't have the right sized tins I baked it in loaf tins. I got one 2lb loaf and three 1lb loaves and baked for barely 50 mins. Two already given away. Tastes delicious. Haven't got round to doing the icing bit, might have eaten the whole thing by then.

holmfirth's picture

sorry forgot to rate this cake, also spelt ginger wrong :(((( lol

holmfirth's picture

I love gignger in any shape or form, and this cake definatly hits the spot, thx, mmmmmmmmm :)

Mjoy03's picture

This is a lovely moist cake.
Personally I would of prefered to double the golden syrup and not use the treacle.
On its on I was not too keen on the taste but I tried it again with some warm custard and think its delicious :)

jezcoram's picture

The pleasure was all mine Mrs Lovett, a thoroughly diverting exercise. I look forward to our next baking session. Toodle Pip.

tanialambden's picture

I found this cake enjoyable to make with Mr Jerrington. Wuld add more lemon drizzle next time.

jezcoram's picture

I found the cake delightful.

loonyp's picture

Made this a number of times and it's become a firm favourite, absolutely gorgeous!

faypeacock's picture

This cake is wonderful. I've made it twice in the last week for two different groups of people and everyone loved it. I didn't bother with the icing as I love ginger cake as it is and didn't fancy lemon with it. I'll never use another ginger cake recipe.

raymysterio's picture

Very easy to make and so moist, Made it for the father in law, no-one got a look in!! very very good.

joannemccaughey's picture

I usually make this cake as per the recipe and love it. It is also my secret work cake which I will not part with the recipe!

Have made it without treacle as foolish larder error, it is not as nice but is ok, makes it a bit too sweet.

Lemon icing is really vital as reduces the sweetness.

Ace cake

lisawebber's picture

Great cake - although I had to guess the measures for treacle and golden syrup as I couldn't think of a way to weigh out 115g. Measures in tbs would have been easier.

marygray7's picture

Devine & perfect in every way!

von1972's picture

My husband loves ginger so I made this cake for his birthday. Everyone was not looking forward to it as no one else likes ginger! However............they all loved it! Some even had second helpings, much to my husbands dismay!
Best ginger cake I have ever had and have already made it again since. Its light and the lemon icing really gives it a nice tangy taste. its not the same without that.
Plus, very quick and easy to make.

rowena911's picture

The best ginger cake recipe I've come across.

onlyme's picture

I made this cake this morning for a family get-together this afternoon. Also made a victoria sandwich which I thought would be more popular but the ginger cake went first and everyone loved it. It was very moist and the lemon icing complimented the ginger perfectly.
A great cake to make in the food processor. I made it in a 2lb loaf tin and it worked really well.
Can't wait to make it again!

helensal's picture

I am sure its delicious with the lemon icing but i didnt bother and still thought it was the nicest ginger cake i have ever tasted

lamathe04's picture

One of the best cakes I've ever eaten, and certainly the best I've ever baked (so so easy to do)!

tlavingtonm's picture

My whole family loves this. My search for the perfect ginger cake is finally over! Soooooo addictive.

willowby's picture

This ginger cake is so easy to make and absolutely gorgeous. I did make a couple of changes, I only had Golden Syrup, so I used double quantity instead of Treacle, and I couldnt find any Stem Ginger in my local supermarket so I bought Ginger Conserve with chunks of stem ginger instead and put 120g in. The cake was lovely and moist, with lots of flavour. Definitely a keeper.... and I think I'll stick to my slightly modified version. It worked for me. :-)


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