Have just had sneeky piece whilst writing up my blogs, really moist and gingery - yum!
I found the icing from one recipe and the cake recipe from BBC Good food website. Here it is:
- 225g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground mixed spice
- 115g butter , cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing
- 115g dark muscovado sugar
- 115g black treacle
- 115g golden syrup
- 250ml whole milk
- 85g drained stem ginger , finely grated
- 1 egg
- 4tbsp ginger syrup, drained from jar
- 300g icing sugar
- 140g unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to fan 160C. Butter and line an 18cm round, 7cm deep cake tin with greaseproof or parchment paper.
- Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda and all the spices into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Put the sugar, treacle, syrup and milk in a medium saucepan and heat, gently stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Turn up the heat and bring the mixture to just below boiling point.
- Add the stem ginger to the flour mixture, then pour in the treacle mixture, stirring as you go with a wooden spoon. Break in the egg and beat until all the mixture is combined and it resembles a thick pancake batter. Pour this into prepared tin and bake for 50 minutes-1 hour, until a skewer pushed into the centre of the cake comes out fairly clean. Leave to cool completely in tin before turning cake out. (To freeze: wrap in greaseproof paper, then in cling film. Freeze for up to 1 month.)
- To make the icing, mix together icing sugar and lemon zest, then gradually add lemon juice until you have a smooth, slightly runny icing, adding more juice, if needed. Drizzle icing in a zig-zag pattern over surface of cake, turn cake around and drizzle again to create the cross-hatched finish (see below). Cake keeps for up to 2 weeks stored in an airtight container.
- Beat together the ginger syrup icing sugar, butter & lemon juice until smooth and fluffy. Then spread over the cake.