My father in law, Michael, celebrated his 77th birthday last week and when asked what sort of cake he’d like, he had some pretty clear ideas about what was going into that cake tin! Let me see, he wanted it moist, dense, fruity and definitely gingery! To him, if it hasn’t got ginger, it’s not good enough!
This is what we came up with, a moist, dense, very gingery cake, with enough baking powder to give it just a hint of bounce. You can vary the amount of fruit and ginger slightly without affecting the final result and most certainly the type of fruit and ginger.
Handy Hints for getting the best out of this Ginger Cake
Ginger – when baking with ginger, to me, nothing compares to the sweet and spicy that stem ginger in syrup adds to the flavour profile. Chop the ginger up into your desired size, I placed them in a copper and went for fine for a more homogenous flavour. Use the syrup as part of the liquid the recipe calls for or at the very least, use it to glaze after baking. I’ve also used ground ginger powder here and didn’t bother with any fresh.
Fruit – your choice, I’ve gone for a medley, a standard mixed fruit combination of raisins, sultanas & citrus, like minced meat ingredient. It was a delicious cake, just the right amount of sweet and especially great eaten warm with some vanilla ice cream.
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- 250g plain flour
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp baking powder
- half tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 200g light brown sugar
- 200g white sugar
- 150g butter, melted
- 50ml x 2 stem ginger syrup (one for glazing)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 150g stem ginger, chopped up
- 100g plain, additive free, unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 100g mixed fruit
- Preheat the oven to 170˚C/325˚F.
- Line and grease can pan accordingly.
- Mix the flour, ground ginger, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
- Beat the eggs on medium speed for about a minute.
- Add the sugar and beat for another minute.
- With the beaters running, slowly add the butter, ginger syrup and vanilla and beat for 20 seconds or so, just to mix it up.
- Add the flour mix and fold it in or beat on the lowest speed until it's all mixed in.
- Fold in or beat on the lowest speed the chopped up stem ginger, the mixed fruit and the desiccated coconut.
- Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 50-60 minutes.
- Take in out of the oven and glaze it liberally with the stem ginger syrup. You could even make some tiny holes in the cake for the syrup to soak through.
- Leave to cool before serving on its own or with some ice cream or even custard, in which case, warm is lovely!