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Ginger cake

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Serves 1

Ginger cake very like McVities famous cake

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  • 60g butter
  • 125g golden syrup
  • 100g plain flour
  • 25g self raising flour
  • 1teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ground ginger
  • 0.5 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 100g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 125ml milk
  • 1 egg, beaten


    1. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin or a 2lb loaf tin. Pre-heat oven to 170c/gas mark 3. I've got a fan oven to I set mine to 160c.
    2. Put butter and golden syrup ina small saucepan and melt over a low heat, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat.
    3. Sift both flours, the soda and the spices into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar and salt , give it a good stir, then add the egg and milk mixing until smooth. Gradually add the melted butter/syrup mix, stirring until well combined.
    4. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 50-55mins (fan oven I would say 40-45mins) until risen and firm to the touch. Allow to cool in the tin for 5mins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

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3rd Mar, 2015
I made this with gluten free flour, it's very yummy. Thank you.
14th Nov, 2014
Love this recipe and it tastes wonderful. I've made it a few times now but it always sinks in the middle. I don't have this problem with any other cake, any suggestions? I use a 2lb loaf tin.
3rd Dec, 2014
Hi, so glad you like the recipe, every now and then mine sinks too, have recently taken to beating it with a hand held whisk for a minute or two, seems to do the trick! JJ
14th Nov, 2016
Mine sunk too. I googed it and you're not supposed to open the oven door before the cake has "set". Ooops. I won't do that next time. Also there could be too much raising agent. Bicarb is a raising agent and there's a raising agent in self-raising flour. I was at the end of my packet of self-raising flour so maybe there was more raising agent. Defo trying again as it was delish.
carol b
11th May, 2014
easy recipie to follow , but could not taste ginger at all ended up with 4 teaspoons ginger and would probably put a bit more in next time.
27th Apr, 2014
Great recipe, turns out perfectly every time. Delicious as a cake in its own right but also lovely with berries and cream as a simple dessert.
24th Feb, 2014
This is wonderful. Thank you so much for the recipe.
16th Nov, 2013
Excellent recipe, makes a very moist and tasty loaf that lasts for a number of days
13th Sep, 2013
Mmmm followed recipe exactly, was really easy and really yummy!
18th Aug, 2013
Excellent ginger cake. I doubled the amount of ginger as I like it strong but really enjoyed this. Thank you :)


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