A Recipe For Ginger Cake

A Low Waste Recipe For Ginger Cake

I don’t know about you but ginger cake feels as much of a Halloween treat as it does a Christmas one. The spicy ginger and dark molasses with zingy citrus icing creates a deliciously rich and sticky cake you’ll want to eat all throughout winter. It’s light and fluffy in texture but rich and punchy in flavour.

This is a really easy recipe for a ginger tray bake cake using ingredients you most likely already have in your cupboards or can buy in low waste packaging like paper or tins. It can be baked within an hour, which makes it an ideal recipe for last minute Halloween parties or a festive dinner with friends.

Serves: 12
Time: 60 minutes

A Low Waste Recipe For Ginger Cake


225g Plain Flour
80g Caster Sugar
80ml Sunflower Oil
100g Maple Syrup (or agave)
100g Black Molasses
180h Boiling Water
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2-3 1/2 tsp Ginger, ground
a pinch of salt
40g Icing Sugar
1/4-1/2 lemon or lime, juiced


Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.

In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, ginger, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the boiling water, molasses, maple syrup, and sunflower oil until it’s fully combined.

Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, whisking until it’s smooth with no lumps.

Pour into a greased tin and bake for 30-40 minutes. To check whether the cake it cooked, insert a toothpick or skewer and if it comes out clean you can remove the cake from the oven.

While the cake cooks, make the lemon or lime drizzle. Sift the icing sugar into a small bowl and drizzle in the citrus juice, whisking slowly. You want a thick icing that can be drizzled.

Place the tin on a cooling rack until leave until it’s cooled then flip the cake out onto the rack. Be gentle as the coat is incredibly fluffy, meaning it has a tendency to catch on the sides and bottom of the pan. Once out, leave until the cake is no longer hot to the touch.

Drizzle the icing over the cake. You want a generous coating because although the icing sugar is very sweet, the cake itself has a very strong flavour due the rich molasses. Allow the icing to set before cutting into squares and serving.

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