Ginger and chocolate cake

If there’s one thing I love more than anything else, it’s ginger, so when my turn to bake at work rolled around, something ginger-y was top of my list. Ginger cake was one of my favourite snacks when I was little, so it kind of made sense to try one of my own. Here’s how to do it:

What you need:

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 115g cubed unsalted butter, plus some for greasing
  • 115g dark muscovado sugar
  • 115g black treacle
  • 115g golden syrup
  • 250ml milk
  • 85g grated stem ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 100g white chocolate

What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 160C.
  • Grease an 18cm tin and line with greaseproof paper.
  • Put the flour, bicarb and all the spices into a mixing bowl.
  • Add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  • Put the sugar, treacle, syrup and milk into a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved – don’t forget to stir unless you want burnt sugar on your pan.
  • When the sugar has dissolved, turn up the heat and let the mixture simmer just below boiling (don’t let the mixture split though).
  • Add the grated stem ginger to the flour mixture and then add in the treacle mixture slowly, stirring as you go.
  • Beat the egg and add, stirring until the mixture is combined and looks like pancake batter.
  • Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for around an hour, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool before turning out the cake.
  • To add the chocolate, all you need to do is melt over a pan of boiling water and then drizzle over the top.

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