Baking with Burns: How to make simple ginger cake

In her latest recipe, our baker Lisa Burns has another light and delicious treat for you to make and enjoy at home.

Simple ginger cake

Lisa writes...

One of the quickest and easiest cakes to make is this sticky ginger cake.

This lovely light cake is spicy and moist and is so easy to make. It is made by using the melting method – this is when butter is melted in a pan with either sugar, golden syrup or black treacle. Cakes made using the melting method have a deliciously moist and sticky texture. 

They also have a high proportion of sugar and syrup and sometimes contain heavier grains such as ground nuts or oats. Cakes made this way benefit from storing for at least a day before cutting to improve their moisture and stickiness, though this one tastes delicious when it is served warm from the oven.

It is mixed together in one pan before pouring into a loaf tin and therefore cuts down on the washing-up. I made this cake last week and it went in a day - I must make two next time!


60g/2ozs unsalted butter

125ml/4 fl ozs golden syrup

One tsp of black treacle

110g/ 4ozs dark muscovado sugar 

150g/5ozs self-raising flour

Two tsps ground ginger

Half a tsp mixed spice

125ml/4 fl ozs milk

One egg, beaten


1. Preheat the oven to 170C/330F/gas mark 3. Put a cake case in a 2lb loaf tin.

2. Melt the butter gently in a large saucepan over a low/medium heat. Add the golden syrup, treacle and sugar and cook for around two minutes until they are melted and well combined.

3. Remove from the heat and sieve the flour, ginger and mixed spice on top of the melted mixture. Add the milk and egg. Mix with a wooden spoon until well combined and there are no clumps of flour.

4. Carefully pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth the top. Bake for around 45-50 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

5. Remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack.

6. Allow to cool, then place in an airtight container. The cake will keep well for three-four days.

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By what method is ginger cake made? 


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