Delicious Homemade Ginger Cake Recipe: Moist, Spicy, and Easy to Bake

A Timeless Treat with Warm Spices and Sweet Notes
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There’s nothing quite like the comforting aroma of a freshly baked ginger cake wafting through the house. This Ginger Cake Recipe, with its warm spices and rich sweetness, is perfect for any occasion, from afternoon tea to festive gatherings. Let’s get baking!

History of Ginger Cake

Did you know that ginger cake has been a cherished treat in the UK since medieval times? Ginger, once a valuable spice for its medicinal and preservative properties, became a popular ingredient in festive baking. The tradition of ginger cake has continued for centuries, bringing warmth and joy to countless homes.

Serving Suggestions

Ginger cake is versatile and pairs beautifully with a variety of accompaniments. Enjoy a slice with a dollop of clotted cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert. For a more traditional touch, serve it with a steaming cup of English breakfast tea or a glass of mulled wine during the colder months.

Storing Instructions

To keep your ginger cake fresh, store it in an airtight container at room temperature. It will stay moist and delicious for up to five days. If you prefer to extend its shelf life, you can freeze the cake. Wrap it tightly in cling film and place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. It will keep well for up to three months. Thaw it at room temperature before serving.


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How to Make Ginger Cake

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Delicious Homemade Ginger Cake Recipe: Moist, Spicy, and Easy to Bake

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 35 mins Rest Time 10 mins Total Time 1 hr
Cooking Temp: 170  °C Servings: 12 Calories: 300 kcal per serving
Best Season: Autumn, Winter


This classic ginger cake, infused with aromatic spices and rich golden syrup, is a timeless treat perfect for any occasion. With its moist texture and warm flavours, it’s sure to be a hit whether served with a dollop of cream, a scoop of ice cream, or simply enjoyed on its own. This easy-to-follow recipe will guide you through creating a delightful cake that embodies the comforting essence of traditional British baking.




  1. Preheat the Oven

    Preheat your oven to 170°C (150°C fan) or Gas Mark 3.

  2. Prepare the Cake Tin

    Line the bottom of a 20 cm square cake tin with baking parchment and grease the sides.

Mixing the Dry Ingredients:

  1. Sift the Dry Ingredients

    Sift the self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and mixed spice into a large mixing bowl.

Preparing the Wet Ingredients:

  1. Heat the Wet Ingredients

    In a small saucepan, gently heat the butter, soft brown sugar, golden syrup, and milk until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Do not let it boil.

  2. Cool the Mixture:

    Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool slightly.

Combining Ingredients:

  1. Mix Wet and Dry Ingredients

    Pour the liquid mixture from the saucepan into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Whisk well until smooth.

  2. Add the Egg

    Add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly.


  1. Pour the Batter

    Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin.

  2. Bake the Cake

    Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

  3. Cool the Cake

    Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Icing (Optional)

  1. Prepare the Icing

    Mix the icing sugar and lemon zest in a bowl.

  2. Add Lemon Juice

    Gradually add the lemon juice until you have a smooth, slightly runny icing.

  3. Drizzle the Icing

    Drizzle the icing over the cooled cake in a zig-zag pattern.


  1. Slice and Enjoy

    Once the cake has cooled completely and the icing has set, slice it into squares or rectangles. Enjoy it as a delightful treat with friends and family, perfect for any tea time or festive occasion.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 300kcal
Calories from Fat 90kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g16%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 40mg14%
Sodium 200mg9%
Potassium 100mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 50g17%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 300 IU
Vitamin C 1 mg
Calcium 80 mg
Iron 1 mg
Vitamin D 1 IU
Vitamin E 0.5 IU
Vitamin K 2 mcg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • For a richer flavour, you can substitute black treacle for the golden syrup.
  • This ginger cake tastes even better the next day as the flavours have time to develop.
  • If you prefer a stronger ginger flavour, add an extra teaspoon of ground ginger.
  • To make this cake gluten-free, substitute the self-raising flour with a gluten-free self-raising flour blend. Ensure all other ingredients are also gluten-free.
  • Store the cake in an airtight container to keep it moist and fresh for longer.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use black treacle instead of golden syrup?

Yes, you can substitute black treacle for golden syrup if you prefer a darker, richer flavour. Keep in mind that this will give your cake a more intense taste and a slightly denser texture.

Can I make this cake gluten-free?

Certainly! Simply replace the self-raising flour with a gluten-free self-raising flour blend. Ensure all other ingredients are also certified gluten-free.

How can I tell if the cake is done baking?

Insert a skewer or toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs, the cake is ready. If it has wet batter on it, give it a few more minutes in the oven.

What can I use instead of mixed spice?

If you don’t have mixed spice on hand, you can create a substitute with a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Use equal parts of each spice to make up the required amount.

Can I add more spices to the cake?

Yes, you can customise the spice level to your liking. Additional ground cloves, nutmeg, or even a pinch of black pepper can add a unique twist to the traditional ginger cake.

What’s the best way to serve ginger cake?

Ginger cake is delicious on its own, but you can also serve it with clotted cream, vanilla ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream. A hot cup of tea or mulled wine pairs wonderfully with a slice of this cake.

How should I store leftover ginger cake?

Store leftover ginger cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days. For longer storage, wrap the cake tightly in cling film and place it in a freezer-safe container. It can be frozen for up to three months.

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Fiona O'Sullivan

Fiona O'Sullivan is the passionate editor of Great Food Ireland, a popular blog dedicated to celebrating traditional Irish cuisine and culinary heritage. With a rich background in food writing and a deep love for Ireland's gastronomic culture, Fiona brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her role. She curates authentic recipes, shares culinary stories, and explores the vibrant food scene across Ireland. Fiona's dedication to promoting Irish food traditions has made Great Food Ireland a beloved resource for food enthusiasts around the world.

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