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Recipe: Ginger cake

Whip up this scrumptious, Mumsnetter-approved ginger cake to serve at your next party, for your next visitors or enjoy as a weekend treat.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Aug 18, 2022

Ginger cake recipe

This easy to make, traybake ginger cake is sticky, sweet and subtly spiced. It makes for a perfect tea-time treat during the colder months, or a great addition to a party buffet or for parents seeking a quick recipe for their next playgroup or party. 

  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Cook: 1 hours
  • Serves: makes 10 slices
  • Recipe by: MrsWeasley


  • 8oz self-raising flour

  • 2oz butter

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 4oz caster sugar

  • 7fl oz milk

  • 4 tbsp golden syrup

  • 2 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 egg


  1. Heat oven to 150C/Gas Mark 2
  2. Melt butter and syrup gently
  3. Beat the egg into the milk
  4. Sieve dry ingredients and pour in the butter/syrup mix. Beat in the egg and milk
  5. Bake for 1 hour in square tin lined with greaseproof paper
  6. Keeps very well in foil - gets moister and stickier

Handy hint

Cover with foil if browning too much as it is quite easy to overcook so check after 50 mins and keep oven at 150. Add a little extra ginger if you like your ginger cake quite spicy. 

Additional Information

  • Nut free

  • Cake/dessert

  • Kids can help

  • Make ahead

  • Cake

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