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It was once my sister-in-law’s marriage ceremony rite anniversary the day gone by and he or she phoned to mention that she and her husband had been going out for lunch and wish to pop in and notice us on their method space.  As it is usually Valentine’s Day day after today it seemed appropriate to bake a Valentine cake.  After I asked my own Valentine, Nick, what kind of cake he would like he asked for a ginger cake.  No surprise there.


I sought after to bake a cake that could possibly consume in only some hours’ time.  This made settling on the recipe an issue as quite a lot of them say that the cake improves with protective, being at its biggest only a few days after baking.  I came upon one who didn’t, the recipe by means of Delia Smith for her preserved ginger cake, which you can see proper right here.  In her recipe the cake is baked in a sq. tin and adorned with fondant icing and chopped preserved ginger.  I have made it previous than which you can see proper right here on the other hand this time I had to bake mine in my coronary center shaped ring tin instead.  The parts seemed about correct so I decided to risk it.



The tin is actually a silicone mildew that I bought in a sale only a few years up to now and only comes out of garage once a year for Valentine’s Day.  I have had blended good fortune with silicone moulds prior to now in that the cake does now not always pop out in one piece.  Nevertheless, through the use of my own do-it-yourself cake release paste it slipped out transparent as a whistle with just a little shake.  Marvellous!


I obviously neglected the fondant icing and drizzled a simple lemon water icing over the cake instead, which worked quite smartly.  Ideas you, I had to put the cake external to cool so that I would possibly ice it and it was once carried out inside the nick of time.  It landed at the cake stand for the reason that pleased couple rang the doorbell!



This was once a lovely cake!  I have given it two stars in terms of faff factor as in my view I uncover slicing stem ginger in reality fiddly and time eating.  Nevertheless, it was once successfully worth it.  This is a in reality stunning ginger cake, very gingery with a fantastic texture.  You are able to’t in reality move unsuitable with a Delia Smith recipe, can you?!



225g self raising flour

1 slightly rounded tsp baking powder

175g spreadable butter

175g golden caster sugar

3 eggs

1 tblsp black treacle

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tblsp milk

1 heaped tblsp ground almonds

5 pieces preserved stem ginger

2 tblsp ginger syrup from the jar

50g icing sugar

juice of part a lemon



Grease a ring tin with cake release paste, or melted butter.  Or butter and line a 20cm sq. tin.


Put your tin of treacle proper right into a dish or pan of boiling water.  This makes it runnier and more effective and less messy to measure out. 

Chop the pieces of stem ginger beautiful small.


Preheat the oven to 170C / 150 fan / gas mk 3. 


Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.  Upload the butter, sugar, eggs, treacle and ground ginger and beat with {an electrical} whisk for a couple of minute until delicate and creamy.


Upload the milk, ground almonds and ginger syrup and mix to combine.  Finally mix inside the chopped stem ginger.


Spoon into the able tin and stage the ground.  Bake for 40-50 mins until carried out. 


Cool inside the tin for 10 mins then end up onto a cord rack to cool completely. 


Make a runny icing by means of blending the sifted icing sugar with enough lemon juice until it’s more or less the thickness of unmarried cream.  Drizzle over the cake in regardless of pattern you like.


Cuts into 10-12 slices. 

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