Gingerbread Bonfire Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Gingerbread Bonfire Cake

The night’s are drawing in and getter darker, which makes me feel excited for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, but I really do miss the light nights! Well this Gingerbread Bonfire Cake is all about darkness anyway. Made with treacle, dark brown sugar and some Guinness for good measure. It was described as ‘Bonfire Night in a cake’ by my colleagues which is why I titled it appropriately. It really is the perfect cake for this time of year.

Jump straight to the recipe!

I started with the salted caramel sauce as it needs time to cool and thicken up. In a pan I melted butter. Once melted I added dark brown sugar and double cream. I kept stirring and let the sauce bubble for 5 minutes. Then I added vanilla extract and salt. I poured it into a bowl and cooled it in the fridge. It took a good few hours to thicken up. If you don’t fancy making the sauce you can of course use a shop bought one!

In a bowl I whisked together Guinness (you could also use another dark stout), black treacle, dark brown sugar, vegetable oil and eggs.

In another bowl I sifted together flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Then I added this to the wet ingredients and mixed in.

To bake the cake I used a ring shaped bundt tin, you can easily pick one up if you don’t have one. I greased it with vegetable oil to ensure the cake didn’t stick. It baked for 45 minutes until it was a deep rich brown and a skewer came out clean.

I let it cool for 5 minutes then tipped it out of the tin, then I left it to cool.

Gingerbread Bonfire Cake

To decorate I smothered the cake with caramel sauce, then added chopped crystallised ginger on top for extra spice and a lovely crunch.

Gingerbread Bonfire Cake

The Gingerbread Bonfire Cake is a really moist cake, full of warming smokey flavours and the rich caramel sauce is to die for!

Gingerbread Bonfire Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Servings 12


For the caramel sauce (or use a shop bought sauce)

  • 50 g Butter
  • 140 g Dark brown sugar
  • 150 ml Double cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

For the sponge

  • 250 ml Guinness or other dark stout
  • 165 g Dark brown sugar
  • 340 g Black treacle
  • 175 ml Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 225 g Self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg

For decoration

  • 2 tbsp Crystallised ginger chopped


  1. To make the salted caramel sauce. Melt the butter in a pan, then add the dark brown sugar and the double cream. Keep stirring and let the sauce bubble for 5 minutes. Then add the vanilla extract and the salt. Pour it into a bowl and cool it in the fridge for a few hours to thicken up

  2. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. I grease my bundt tin with vegetable oil, and I use a pastry brush to get it into all of the cracks. If you have a preferred way of greasing your bundt tin that has always worked for you, then please do stick with it

  3. In a bowl whisk together the Guinness, black treacle, the dark brown sugar, vegetable oil and eggs

  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the plain flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and the salt. Add this to the wet ingredients and mix in

  5. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 45 minutes until it is a deep rich brown colour and a skewer comes out clean

  6. Let it cool for 5 minutes then tip it out of the tin. If it doesn't come out straight away, run a knife along the edges and around the middle ring

  7. Leave to cool fully before smearing on the salted caramel sauce and garnishing with the chopped crystallised ginger. You may need to blast the caramel sauce for 30 seconds in the microwave to make it runny again

  8. This cake is amazing served with custard. Store leftovers in an airtight container and eat within 3 days

Recipe adapted from Chowhound.

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  1. This is THE best season for baking- lots of wonderful themed bakes such as this one for Halloween & Bonfire Night and lots of flavoursome ingredients to choose from!

    PS: I know exactly what you mean about photographing cakes at this time of year- I resort to only being able to bake at the weekend to make the most of the natural light!

  2. I just fired up my laptop to search for a recipe for a bonfirey cake to make for a bonfire party we're having on Saturday night, as soon as I saw this in my feedly I knew I didn't need to look any further! So thank you! What size bundt tin did you use?

  3. Hi Kat,

    I just made this cake, and although I haven't eaten it yet, I'm sure it's delicious! It definitely smells and looks amazing. I came across this recipe as I scoured the internet for fun/interesting recipes with black treacle — mine was about to expire. Of course I also made Yorkshire Parkin, my favorite. 🙂

    I posted a photo on Instagram and tagged you in it; I didn't let the caramel set enough so it's more of a drizzle, but I love how it shows off my bundt design.

    Thanks for the great recipe! I'll be feeding the cake to all of my co-workers tomorrow as well, who I am sure will also be grateful to you!

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