Sticky ginger cake

Sticky ginger cake

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Bake and Decorate
Serves
10
Photographer
Laura Edwards

A wonderful cake that should be left alone for a couple of days before eating... that's the hardest part! It's also delicious with my salted caramel buttercream (use half the quantity).

For the cake

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
120g unsalted butter, plus more for the tin
125g black treacle
100g golden syrup
150ml milk
120g light muscovado sugar
225g plain flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 brandy snaps, lightly crushed, (optional)

For the lime buttercream

Quantity Ingredient
150g icing sugar, sifted
100g unsalted butter, softened
1/2 large lime, finely zested and juiced

To decorate

Quantity Ingredient
Mosaic cake

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Butter a 20 cm, 7.5 cm deep, square tin and line with baking parchment.
  2. Place the treacle, syrup, milk, sugar and butter into a pan and very gently melt together. Do not let this boil or it will curdle. Remove from the heat and cool a little.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda. Add the treacle mixture and fold together with a large spoon. Lastly, add the eggs, mix well and pour the batter into the tin. Knock a couple of times on a work surface to release any bubbles, then bake for 40-50 minutes until firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  4. Cool in the tin for about 15 minutes, then turn out on to a rack. When the cake is absolutely cold, wrap it in baking parchment and then in foil and leave for a couple of days. This will make it very moist with a slightly sticky surface.
  5. When ready to serve, make the lime buttercream. Place the icing sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer (or use a bowl and a handheld whisk) and beat for a good 5 minutes. Tip in the lime zest and slowly pour in the juice, still beating. Spread the buttercream over the cake. Scatter with the brandy snaps, if using.
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