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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.47 / 5 (129 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
40 min
Serves:
8

Lightly crisp on top and with a good, open texture, Nigel Slater's ginger cake is light, moist and delicately gingery.

Method

1. You will need a square cake tin measuring approximately 20-22cm, lined on the bottom with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.

2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Sift the flour with the ground ginger, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

3. Put the golden and ginger syrups and the butter into a small saucepan and warm over a low heat. Dice the stem ginger finely, then add it to the pan with the sultanas and sugar. Let the mixture bubble gently for a minute, giving it the occasional stir to stop the fruit sticking on the bottom.

4. Break the eggs into a bowl, pour in the milk and beat gently to break up the egg and mix it into the milk.

5. Remove the butter and sugar mixture from the heat and pour into the flour, stirring smoothly and firmly with a large metal spoon. Mix in the milk and eggs. The mixture should be sloppy, with no trace of flour.

6. Scoop the mixture into the lined cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Unless you are serving it warm, leave the cake in its tin to cool, then tip it out on to a sheet of greaseproof paper. Wrap it up in foil and, if you can, leave it to mature for a day or two before eating.

This recipe is just one of over 300 tasteful recipes featured in Nigel Slater's book: The Kitchen Diaries

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Latest Comment

 

Beautiful cake, didnt last 48hours in this house!

Sam126 Sam126  Posted 07 Sep 2013 11:04 AM
 

Fab cake, mine just needed a few more minutes in the oven than I gave it but hey there is nothing like it being extra sticky in the middle.

EstelleB73549 EstelleB73549  Posted 20 Nov 2011 3:33 PM
 

Seriously good cake! Rave reviews from all my family and work colleagues. Dont be worried if the consistency seems runny, mine was and it turned out really well.

hfb1 hfb1  Posted 07 Oct 2011 3:49 PM
 

Seriously good cake! Rave reviews from all my family and work colleagues. Dont be worried if the consistency seems runny, mine was and it turned out really well.

hfb1 hfb1 Posted 07 Oct 2011 3:49 PM
 

Hi Sharron, the sugar is added to the syrup mixture in step 3:

Dice the stem ginger finely, then add it to the pan with the sultanas and sugar.

Hope that helps!

Celia Good Food Celia Good Food Posted 18 Apr 2011 11:30 AM
 

I have just made this cake and realise that the method did not say when to put in the sugar and so my cake has no sugar in it. I am waiting for it to cool and hope that the golden syrup is enough to sweeten it. The cake looks good and smells great so I am hopeful that it will be good. I bake cakes for the tea break of band rehearsals and I like to try something new all the time along with old favourites.

sharronS49486 sharronS49486 Posted 17 Apr 2011 3:38 PM
 

Beautiful! I like it buttered, plain, with custard as a pudding!
Foolproof, easy to follow recipe, turns out perfect every time, just as ginger cake should be!
Odelle.

OdelleS99783 OdelleS99783 Posted 26 Mar 2011 8:45 AM
 

I have never made a ginger cake before but had a go at this one and I love it as do frinds and family 5*s for this one.

annieb123 annieb123 Posted 14 Sep 2010 11:19 AM
 

Absolutly delicious. I made half the quantity and baked it in a loaf tin

maureenV11934 maureenV11934 Posted 20 Oct 2009 10:56 AM
 

I've made this cake 3 times now, it's incredibly easy to make and I've had fabulous comments every time!

AngelCake1976 AngelCake1976 Posted 19 Aug 2009 9:51 AM
 

This is a fab recipe. I didn't add the sultanas and added a litte extra ginger. Everyone loved it will be making it again!!!

AdamR69348 AdamR69348 Posted 08 Aug 2009 10:28 PM
 

This recipe is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 29 Jun 2009 6:02 PM
 

Very easy to make and the result is a wonderful moist ginger cake. I am not sure that the sultanas add much.

chancer1967 chancer1967 Posted 19 Apr 2009 9:26 AM