i've never made a ginger cake before, so this was exciting to make, i always seem to make chocolate or vanilla cakes, but fancied a change. this fabulous recipe comes from Margaret Costas's Four Seasons Cookery Book, which put simply, is an awesome cookbook. i'd reccomend it to anybody looking for a new cookbook, it literally covers everything from meat to fish to veg to bread and cakes. in the background of my pictures you will notice a little loaf cake, thats a loaf of banana bread, which i've made a zillion times, but is as popular as ever!
175g plain flour
pinch of salt
1/2tsp ground ginger
1/4tsp mixed spice
55g caster sugar
55g black treacle
2tbsp hot water
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
sift the flour, salt and spices into a bowl.
in another bowl, cream the sugar and butter.
warm the treacle up until its quite runny, and mix into the butter and sugar. stir in the egg.
fold this into the flour.
finally, mix the bicarbonate of soda into the hot water, and stir into the flour.
pour it into a greased round cake tin, and put in the oven at 180degrees for 15 minutes.
done when its springy and golden brown.
i made some buttercream flavoured with ginger just to spice it up.
280g icing sugar
3tbsp ginger jam
some water to lossen it up
just mix together all the ingredients until its thick and creamy and delicious!
eat with a steaming mug of tea. yums!