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Sticky ginger and orange cake

This sticky ginger and orange cake is perfect for having with friends and a cup of tea. Deliciously sticky and moist, it keeps well and has a lovely winter flavour.

Take it to the next level by having it with some spiced cream or for those cold days, have it with hot custard as a winter warmer pudding!


Prep Time : 20 mins

Serves : This mixture makes one square cake tin, approx 9 squares

Difficulty : Easy

200gr Self-raising flour

200gr Sugar

1.5 tsp Ground ginger

1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda

55g Butter

1 Egg

3 tbsp Golden syrup

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Zest of 1 orange

240ml Hot water

1 - Preheat the oven to 180*C.

2 - Mix the flour, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl.

3 - Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

4 - In a jug mix the hot water and zest followed by the golden syrup, once all mixed finally add the egg and whisk up well.

5 - Pour into your flour mixture and whisk until runny and bubbly.

6 - Pour into your lined baking tin and bake for approx 40 mins, until it passes the knife test or is springing back when pressed.

7 - Leave the cake in the turned off oven for 10 minutes and then take out and leave to cool in the tin.

8 - Once cool cut into delicious sticky little squares and scoff the lot!


Urgh - oranges! - If you're not a fan of oranges and want your cake all about the ginger just leave it out.

But ginger goes with lemon! - No problem, just swap the orange for a lemon.

It's too sticky - If you want your cake a little less sticky, just lessen the quantity of golden syrup from 3 tablespoons to 2.

It's summer, but I want ginger goodness! - Instead of having this as a winter warmer cake, make it for summer, serve with fresh cream and some strawberries for a wonderfully delicious dessert!

1 Comment

Feb 06, 2021

I love making cakes, but usually stick to my 'tried and tested' recipes, often a lemon drizzle, or an iced banana cake, or a plain old fashioned Victoria sponge, occasionally a carrot cake. This sticky ginger and orange cake recipe from Anna 'grabbed' me recently, and today I finally managed to get an orange to make it - well, we ARE in lockdown! So glad I did, this is TOTALLY delish! The final instruction in the method is 'and scoff the lot' - well it won't last long in this house - the scoffers can't leave it alone! I'd better hide some.... Thanks Anna, love it.

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