Sticky Ginger & Lemon Drizzle Cake

I featured this BBC Good Food recipe on my last post, Six Things To Do With…Stem Ginger. It really stood out to me and I got a couple of comments about how good it looked. I just couldn’t wait to make it, so only a few days later, I did! I also moved house just over a week ago so it was my first time baking in my new kitchen!
I started by lining and greasing a deep lose bottomed 22cm cake tin. I got this one from Wilkinsons a while ago, they have some really good value baking products there.

In my food mixer I whizzed together 300g self raising flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 4 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp mixed spice, 1 tsp cinnamon and 140g Stork until it resembled breadcrumbs. I have started using Stork a lot lately as I find it mixes well and is easier to work with.

In a saucepan I gently heated 140g black treacle, 140g golden syrup, 140g dark soft brown sugar and 300ml whole milk.

The recipe said to use dark muscovado sugar, but I used this Whitworths dark soft brown sugar and it worked really well!

I poured the heated treacle mixture into the flour mixture and combined with a wooden spoon. I also added 1 egg and mixed well before pouring into the cake tin.

I baked for 1 hour and 10 minutes on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3. It cooked beautifully thanks to the wonderful oven I am now able to use!

While the cake cooled in the tin, I made the fillings. First I chopped up 2 balls of stem ginger and mixed with half a jar of lemon curd.

This is the lemon curd I used. The recipe said to use a ‘good’ jar of lemon curd, I got this in the Co-op and seen as it is called ‘Luxury Lemon Curd’ I thought it fit the bill. Anything that says luxury on it, I consider to be fancy!

I cut the cake in half using a large bread knife and spread the lemon curd mixture on the bottom half.

I put the top half on a plate and covered it with a mixture of 100g caster sugar, and the zest and juice of one lemon.

I whipped up 200ml double cream, 100g cream cheese, 4 tbsp stem ginger syrup and 3 tbsp sieved icing sugar. I dolloped this on top of the lemon curd, then sandwiched the two cake halves together.

And the cake was done! It looked and smelt glorious!

It had a beautiful shine to it too.

I was ready to get stuck in straight away! I had a slice with a dollop of the leftover cream mixture. It was so rich and moist, the ginger and lemon flavours are such a punchy mixture, they make your taste buds tingle in all the right ways! I highly recommend this cake, it is truly amazing!

I’m entering this post into Feel Good Food August 2013, ran by Victoria at A Kick At The Pantry Door, this month’s theme is ginger.

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Six Things To Do With… Stem Ginger

I bought a jar of stem ginger recently when I was playing around with Rhubarb & Custard Cupcakes. It didn’t make it into my final recipe, but now I have an almost full jar of it sat in the fridge, and it wasn’t cheap! I’m sure other bakers have had this problem as recipes with stem ginger only usually use a couple of the ‘bulbs’. So I’ve collected some delicious idea and inspirations to use up any stem ginger you may have leftover too…

 

The famous one:
Ryan Chong’s Key Lime Pie
I couldn’t possibly do a post about stem ginger without mentioning Ryan’s magnificent pie, described by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as one of the best things they’d tasted throughout all three series of The Great British Bake Off!

The traditional one:
Sticky Stem Ginger Pudding
Who can resist a warm, sweet and sticky ginger pudding? Perfect with custard or ice cream.

The simple one:
Rhubarb & Sticky Stem Ginger Crumble
Crumble is super simple to make and trust me, rhubarb and stem ginger taste damn good together! Great for feeding a family, or hungry friends.

The difficult one:
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Pink Grapefruit & Stem Ginger
With four elements to this recipe, it’s definitely on the difficult end of the spectrum. However, it sounds so tasty it made my mouth water when reading the recipe! So it’s got to be worth a little bit of effort.

The chocolate one:
Chocolate & Ginger Tarts
I think these cute little tarts look delicious and simple to make, plus chocolate and ginger is a great combination!

The my favourite one:
Sticky Ginger Lemon Drizzle Cake
This is on my ‘to bake’ list! It sounds so good and I love everything about it!
*UPDATE* I made this – Click here to see!

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